2017 National NRM Regions Chairs’ Forum
Treetops Room, Melbourne Museum,
Carlton Gardens Melbourne
1 and 2 June 2017
Forum Theme: Innovation in NRM
This forum is being held at a significant time for regional NRM in Australia with a decision on future Australian Government funding announced in the May budget.
The forum will provide an opportunity to hear directly from senior Australian government officers, key partners, and to discuss the future of NRM in Australia.
The over-arching theme is innovation in NRM – particularly in Partnerships.
- Hear about the future of the National Landcare Programme and contribute ideas.
- Discuss innovations in and outside NRM, including agricultural industry Sustainability Frameworks.
- Receive progress reports on national projects.
- Establish the budget and direction for the 2017/18 NRM Regions Australia work plan.
- Identify issues for bringing to the attention of Ministers.
|Wednesday 31 May June 2017|
|6.30 pm||Welcome Reception at the Metropole Central, 44 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Angus Hume, Chair of the NRM Regions Australia
|Thursday 1 June 2017|
|9.00 am||Welcome to Country (Introduced by Angus Hume)
Arweet Carolyn Briggs, Boon Wurrung Elder
Note: We will be joined on this first morning by the members of the Australian Government Ministers’ National Landcare Advisory Council
|Forum Opening: Peter Veenker Chair of Vic Catchments to welcome delegates to Melbourne and introduce Adam Hood, Program Director, Catchments (Dept of Environment, Land Water and Planning who will brief Victoria’s approach to regional NRM – Victoria’s 20 years of CMAs and the Victorian Governments’ Our Catchments Our Communities Strategy.|
|Session 1: Encouraging Innovation|
|9.30 am||Keynote address: Australian National Outlook and the future of regional NRM
Steve Hatfield-Dodds, CSIRO, Chief Research Leader, Integration Science and Public Policy, Australian National Outlook program
|10.00 am||Questions and discussion|
|10.20 am||Morning Tea|
|Session 2: Australian Government briefing: the budget, NLP2 and innovation|
|10.45 am||Briefings by senior executives from the Departments of Environment and Energy, and Agriculture and Water Resources|
|11.25 am||Joint workshop with members of the National Landcare Advisory Committee -“Creating opportunities from change”|
|Session 3: NLP 2 – Response, Input and actions by Regional bodies|
|1.30 pm||Briefing – Angus Hume & Kate Andrews, NRM Regions Australia Chair and EO|
|1.45 pm||Table discussions: What are the implications? What do we need to do?
Plenary discussion: Agreed actions for NRM Regions Australia
|3.00 pm||Afternoon Tea|
|Session 4: Innovation and partnerships – NRM and environmental organisations|
|3.30 pm||Future challenges for natural resource management in Australia – Paul Sinclair, Campaign Director, Australian Conservation Foundation|
|3.55 pm||National Landcare Network presentation – Terry Hubbard, Chair, National Landcare Network|
|Session 5: NRM Chairs forward planning: National NRM work program and budget|
|4.15 pm||Future Priorities and establishing the 2017/18 work plan
Summary of actions agreed so far
Table and plenary discussion
|7.00 pm||Chairs dinner: Melina on the Rooftop, Level 13, 168 Lonsdale St,|
|Friday 2 June 2017|
|Session 6: Progress with NRM Regions Australia Projects|
|8.30 am||National Environmental Accounts – Max Kitchell, past Chair of NRM Regions Australia
Table discussions – What next? What can we do?
|9.00 am||Opportunities in the carbon economy: update and Victorian examples – Kate Brunt, Goulburn Broken CMA|
|9.30 am||Review of the National Water Initiative – Jane Doolan, Commissioner, Productivity Commission|
|10.00 am||Keynote Address – TBA|
|10.20 am||Morning Tea|
|Session 7: Innovation and partnerships – working with agricultural industries|
|10.35 am||National Farmers Federation and Industry partnerships – Presentation and signing of the NFF and NRM Regions Australia MOU
Introduction – Angus Hume will introduce Fiona Simson, NFF President
This session will conclude with a formal signing of the MOU
|11.05 am||Industry Sustainability Frameworks – Panel members NFF and Industry representatives
What’s happening with the Sustainability Frameworks? Why are they important? How can NRM regions support or build upon this work this work? Briefings from
· Cathy Phelps Dairy Australia
To be followed by questions from delegates
|11.55 am||Table Group Discussions – What did we learn? What do we need to build on? What actions should be taken by NRM regional organisations?|
|12.15 pm||Plenary Summary and Actions|
|12.30 pm||Closing: Angus Hume
Handover for the 2018 Forum
|12.35 pm||Forum close followed by lunch and then airport transfers|