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Your chance to join your local Natural Resources Management Group

News release
13 January 2016

Posted 13 January 2016.

Applications are now open for membership of the SA Arid Lands (SAAL) Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board’s district-based NRM Groups. Members of the SA Arid Lands community with an interest in natural resources management in their area are encouraged to apply.

There are currently six active NRM Groups in the region representing the North Flinders, Marree-Innamincka, Marla-Oodnadatta, Kingoonya, Gawler Ranges and North East Pastoral districts.

Vacancies exist within all of the NRM Groups.

SAAL NRM Board Presiding Member Janet Brook said community members involved at this level are a vital, practical link for the communities they represent, providing a local perspective and ensuring the Board’s priorities and investment decisions are relevant.

“The majority of our NRM Group members live in the district or are involved in natural resources management in the area and may include pastoralists, Aboriginal community members, townsfolk, and representatives from mining and tourism industries and conservation groups,” Ms Brook said.

“Groups are skills-based with members selected for their knowledge of areas such as local community affairs, mining and petroleum, tourism, primary production, soil conservation, water resources management, pest animal and weed control, local governance, Aboriginal heritage and business administration.

“Our NRM Groups are actively engaged with the delivery of projects and have been instrumental in driving a range of the Board’s recent projects and initiatives.

“Some of these initiatives include managing a variety of pest plants and animals such as Vachellia (Acacia) farnesiana, Buffel Grass, Mesquite, Boxthorn, cats and wild dogs. In addition to this, other projects determined as priorities are transport and stock hygiene, erosion control and tourism impacts.

“Opportunities for developing leadership capacity in the NRM Groups and encouraging extension more broadly into community partnerships and engagement with local people, are also high priorities.

“Each NRM Group is currently putting a lot of effort into determining future directions for their districts through prioritising issues and how those issues can be addressed. This will assist with shaping upcoming funding opportunities in both the short and long term.”

To register your interest

To register your interest in becoming an NRM Group member or if you are not sure which NRM district you belong to visit http://www.landscape.sa.gov.au/saal/about-us/nrm-board/nrm-district-groups to find out more.

For further information contact Natural Resources SA Arid Lands.

Applications close on 21 March 2016.

More information

Natural Resources SA Arid Lands

86485300

saaridlands@sa.gov.au