Your chance to join your local Natural Resources Management Group

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Applications are now open for membership of the SA Arid Lands (SAAL) Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board’s district-based NRM groups.

Posted 06 February 2017.

Members of the SA Arid Lands community with an interest in natural resources management in their area are encouraged to apply.

There are six NRM Groups in the region, with current vacancies in Gawler Ranges, Marla-Oodnadatta, North Flinders and North East Pastoral districts.

Expressions of interest are also being sought for potential future vacancies on the Marree-Innamincka and Kingoonya 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.

“Connecting the wide community to NRM decision making and encouraging 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 a NRM Group member or for further information visit the NRM Groups web page.

Applications close on 10 April 2017.

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