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.

Forum aims:

  1. Hear about the future of the National Landcare Programme and contribute ideas.
  2. Discuss innovations in and outside NRM, including agricultural industry Sustainability Frameworks.
  3. Receive progress reports on national projects.
  4. Establish the budget and direction for the 2017/18 NRM Regions Australia work plan.
  5. 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

9.10 am


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
11.05 am Questions
11.25 am Joint workshop with members of the National Landcare Advisory Committee -“Creating opportunities from change”
12.45 pm Lunch
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

5.00 pm Close
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

  • Jack Knowles, NFF Manager Natural Resource Policy

·         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