While the NRM Act brought positive change and benefits, the passage of time and gradual centralisation mean the current system of natural resources management is not delivering what it should.

There are parts of the NRM Act that have worked well and should be retained and other parts that are over-complicated and have impeded good, local, on-the-ground management that should be removed, amended or simplified.

This is a unique opportunity to refresh and reset natural resources management within our state.

Guiding principles for reform 

Five core principles encapsulate our vision for reform of the natural resources management system: 

  • Decentralised decision making – putting the focus on local issues and priorities that matter to regional communities.
  • A simple and accessible system – creating a transparent, flexible and responsive system that will allow people to get the job done more easily.
  • Community and landowners at the centre – recognising that people who live and work on the land are well placed to build enduring partnerships and make decisions about caring for our natural resources.
  • Back to basics – undertaking grassroots environmental projects that tackle soil and water management, weeds and pest animal control.
  • A whole of landscape approach – taking an integrated approach that complements grassroots programs with strategic projects to achieve restoration of entire landscapes.

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