Plan progress update
On behalf of the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board, Board Members wish to express their genuine appreciation and thanks to everyone who provided feedback on the Draft Business Plan for 2016-19.
The Plan, which includes amendments from the review of all feedback, was endorsed by the Board on Tuesday 23 February 2016 has been sent to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation for his consideration.
Supporting information developed to underpin the Plan, such as the Social and Economic Impact Assessment and the Consultation Report have also been sent to the Minister.
We anticipate the final Business Plan, which will include the levy and the inclusion of the levy in council rate notices, to be finalised in the next few months.
More information will be provided on the NREP Website as it becomes available. Thanks for getting involved.
Have your say on the Draft Business Plan 2016-19, which sets out the Eyre Peninsula NRM Board’s priorities for achieving natural resources management outcomes and a proposed change to the way in which the NRM Levy is based.
What is being decided?
The draft Business Plan (PDF, 1.9MB) has been developed, which sets out the programs and actions that will be funded by the Board to contribute to the implementation of the targets of the Strategic Plan. It describes the expenditure and expected revenue for the three-year period 2016/17 to 2018/19. The Board’s investment will be delivered through a range of projects and approaches including direct investment, contracts for works or services, and grants to community organisations.
In 2016/17, the Eyre Peninsula will need to raise an additional $520,000 revenue from levies to cover costs and continue to deliver programs. To achieve this, the Board is proposing to change the basis of the NRM (Land) Levy, moving from one fixed rate applied to all land use categories equally to a range of fixed rates depending on the purpose of the land use (e.g. residential, commercial, primary production etc). This change in the basis of the levy will be applied to all local government areas within the Eyre Peninsula, however, it excludes a small amount of properties that are outside of council areas, which will remain at the fixed charge per rateable property. For more information about the changes click here.
The Board's proposed change to the basis of the levy is one that the Board considers to be the most equitable option for the region, which has improved alignment of the way in which our community uses and benefits from the sustainable use of natural resources.
How can your input influence the decision?
The Board is seeking your feedback on both the Draft Business Plan and the proposed changes to the basis of the levy. Your input will assist the Board in determining whether the business plan meets the needs of the community and whether the proposed change to the levy is appropriate.
Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board
P O Box 22
PORT LINCOLN, SA 5606
How will your input be used?
This engagement closes on 12 February 2016 and all feedback will be considered by the Eyre Peninsula NRM Board in finalising the draft Business Plan at its next meeting on 23 February 2016. A Consultation Report will also be prepared to provide a summary of feedback received and the Board’s response. The Business Plan with any amendments and the Consultation Report will be forwarded to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation for consideration and adoption by June 2016.
Personalised feedback letters will be sent to those who submit a formal written response, which will detail the comments raised, the response to those comments and whether any changes were made to the Draft Business plan as a result of those comments. A media release will also be issued advising what amendments have been made, which will be available on the Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula website.
Want to know more?
You can contact Susan Stovell via firstname.lastname@example.org or 08 8688 3201.
Download the draft Business Plan (PDF, 1.9MB)