posted 14 March, 2024

Tasmanian Greens confirm commitment to NRM funding


Tasmania’s three natural resource management organisations have welcomed a commitment by the Tasmanian Greens to increase core services funding to NRM North, NRM South and Cradle Coast NRM to $544k per year for each organisation.

In a joint statement to the state’s three NRM bodies, Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP recognised and appreciated the work of Tasmania’s NRM organisations across the island to deliver measurable, positive environmental and community outcomes.

NRM North, NRM South and Cradle Coast NRM are delighted by this acknowledgement of the vital role that natural resource management organisations play in improving the health of our landscapes, water resources, threatened species and ecological communities for the benefit of all Tasmanians.

Cradle Coast NRM Chair, Peter Voller, noted that the regional NRM Strategies that have been developed by Tasmania’s NRMs encompass natural disaster recovery, climate change impacts, water security, and the conservation and sustainable use of Tasmania’s natural assets. “This comprehensive approach protects and manages Tasmania’s environmental values while also providing a pathway for a more sustainable approach across various industries, ensuring better outcomes for both nature and people.” said Peter.

This sentiment was echoed by Dr Woodruff MP, who noted that “accelerating global heating will impact significantly on Tasmanian landscapes and ecosystems. We believe the work of NRMs and the networks they support are a vital part of the state’s response to climate change. Increasingly, we will need to invest in rewilding, landscape restoration and carbon sequestration projects at scale on island. The Greens want to see NRMs grow as more federal, state and local government funds are dedicated to these projects.

The ability of NRMs to leverage further funding for vital projects will be improved by this support. From every $1 of foundational funding, NRMs leverage $19 for projects that build community capacity, deliver change, promote resilience, and achieve on-ground results, which will continue to be the key focus.