Passionate community members to manage a region’s natural resources are one of its greatest assets. These include community groups, volunteers, landholders, primary producers, the Aboriginal community, businesses, industry and representatives of government agencies and councils.
NRM North has a number of programs in place to support individuals and groups to look after the natural environment and is working to strengthen partnerships with those who have an interest, or role to play, in the management of these places.
The Northern Tasmania Natural Resource Management Strategy 2010-2015 identifies these objectives:
• To ensure the community of northern Tasmania understands NRM issues and appreciates environmental values and their role in achieving the goals of the strategy;
• The northern community to be actively engaged in and taking care of the region’s natural resources;
• Natural resource managers, including landholders and community groups, to be equipped with the skills needed to be effective natural resource managers; and
• Appropriate institutional arrangements, structures and policies to be in place to enable effective community engagement in NRM.
The input, feedback and support of people who live and work across the region is essential to the sustainable management of our natural resources. For many years, activities have been carried out by people who wanted to play a role in resolving the region’s natural resource management problems, including some caused by past practices and others by the introduction of plants and animals which are now considered pests.
Communities have formed ‘care’ groups, developed plans and carried out on-ground works to improve the management of the region’s natural resources with technical and policy support from local, state and federal agencies. All of the region’s eight councils have undertaken large-scale projects to address NRM issues. NRM North acknowledges and values this work.