It’s your place, your future and your voice matters

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Community groups across Yorke Peninsula, the Mid North and Southern Flinders Ranges are being asked to think about what they want their children to inherit as a new Natural Resource Management Plan for Northern and Yorke region is developed.

Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board Presiding Member Eric Sommerville said that it is important that the Board understands what communities value and want prioritised in the new NRM Plan.

"Our livelihoods, lifestyles and landscapes are all closely linked to the soil, water, native plants and animals around us," Mr Sommerville said.

"Natural resource management is about how all of us - individuals, communities, industry and government - work together to ensure that resources are used sustainably and natural systems, like creeks, estuaries and native vegetation are cared for and remain healthy.

"As we re-write the Northern and Yorke NRM Plan, we want to work with local people to turn what matters to them into real outcomes."

The Board will use a ‘bottom up’ approach, with Natural Resources Northern and Yorke (NRNY) community rangers meeting with community groups across the region over the next few months.

"We want to sit at the kitchen table with farmers, go to Progress Committee meetings and attend community events so that we can talk to people on ‘their patch’ about what most matters to them," Mr Sommerville said.

"The sort of things we want people to think about are what they want their kids to inherit; what it is they most value about where they live; what they think needs attention; what is at risk?

"It’s time to ‘voice it’, to bring to the table what is precious, what is a concern, what needs action."

Mr Sommerville said that once the information is collected and processed, community rangers will meet again with community groups to discuss what can be done and to set priorities.

For more information or to organise for a NRNY officer to come to your community group meeting or event, ring the Natural Resource Centre in Clare on 8841 3444.

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