The people protecting Australia’s $5,836b asset

Every day, a legion of 100,000 people are investing their own time and money to protect Australia’s greatest asset – our natural resources – and they’re standing by for support to continue. As school holidays start to wind up around the nation, many families are returning from an outdoor adventure or from indulging in some […]

Biological control innovations to manage weeds and pest animals

Recovery from Black Saturday bushfires

Recovering from the Black Saturday Bushfires

In February 2009, the Black Saturday Bushfires devastated large areas north of Melbourne. Burning a total of 255, 417 hectares of land and claiming 173 lives.  Following the fires, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) and local Landcare groups worked closely to support the recovery of the community and the natural environment. The local […]

Saving the endangered Warru wallaby

Warru, or black-footed rock-wallaby (Petrogale lateralis Macdonell Ranges race), is one of South Australia’s most endangered mammals. Once common across the rocky ranges of central Australia, there has been a dramatic reduction in their distribution and abundance. The Warru recovery team of Indigenous Rangers, local communities, government agencies and scientists are working to change this […]

Healthier reef through alliance

Healthier reef through alliance

Grazier users of the NRM Spatial Hub say it can measurably improve their properties’ productivity, profitability and sustainability.

Big data helps graziers to manage rangeland areas

New superfood? Kakadu Plums

A Kakadu Plum opportunity for bush tucker industry development

NFF teams up with NRM Regions to leverage investment in natural resource management

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and NRM Regions Australia have agreed to work together more collaboratively, to maximise the benefits achieved through collective investments in sustainable agriculture activities.  Meeting in Canberra this week,  the NFF and NRM Regions will develop a formal memorandum of understanding to drive better communication, collaboration and efficiency in the way that […]

Improved dairy industry productivity

Fert$mart has produced farm gate profit improvements for Tasmanian dairy farmers by providing accurate soil nutrient maps and advice on changes to fertiliser regimes. This program has been developed over the past five years with 100 per cent of local farmers involved and making changes to their fertiliser applications. Industry wide adoption would see a […]

National NRM Regions’ Working Group welcomes ACF/NFF re-commitment to Landcare

The National Natural Resource Management (NRM) Regions’ Working Group congratulates Landcare on their 25th Anniversary and welcomes the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) call for a new decade of action to tackle the challenges confronting Australia’s land, water, wildlife and farmland. The Chairs of Australia’s 56 regional NRM bodies met […]

Queensland Murray Darling Committee Inc

Carp Buster Fishing Series 2012-13 Wrapping up in Surat in May 2013, the 2012-13 Carp Buster Fishing Series ended with some impressive statistics: •    1477 anglers removing •    11,416 carp from the waterways of the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin •    weighing 9,000kg.   European Carp are a high profile pest fish, now believed to make up […]

NQ Dry Tropics Group Inc

Thriving Communities Start in Backyards Living out of town means a place to escape the hustle and bustle for Kevin and Kay Barker of Black River. They knew that an infestation of weeds was taking over their 100 hectare lifestyle block, but controlling it was a different story. “I was… just looking at it,” Kevin […]

Burnett Mary Regional Group for Natural Resource Management Inc

Patterned Fens Wetlands The Great Sandy Strait Ramsar Wetland (GSSRW) has been identified as an investment target under the Federal ‘Caring for our Country’ initiative.  Through this initiative it has been possible to form partnerships and collaborate on projects that improve the understanding and subsequent management of the patterned fens wetland ecosystem that existing within […]

Cape York NRM

Traditional Fire Management   Cape York NRM received $300 000 in 2012-2013 from Caring for our Country for a traditional fire management project (TFMP) which aimed to extend the coverage of traditional fire management practices and regimes across Cape York Peninsula.   The project has seen significant benefits to Cape York as a whole, by […]

Condamine Alliance

New app-roach to NRM data Condamine Alliance has created a new mobile phone application that will have multiple uses for how NRM data is generated, stored and shared. NRM Plus, which is available for apple and android phone users, was publicly launched in June 2013. Ultimately, the application allows for the collection of all types […]

Desert Channels Group

landscape scale collaborative action accurate mapping of weeds identified priority action areas eradication in areas of high public benefit coordination with Govt agency investment   DCQ’s Positive Action Cluster Team (PACT) Program is engaging, educating and training landholders in collaborative landscape scale planning and action to equip them to manage NRM issues on a strategic, […]

Fitzroy Basin Association Inc

Better beef businesses through Grazing BMP    Central Queensland graziers have given glowing reviews for the Grazing Best Management Practices (BMP) program, an initiative of Fitzroy Basin Association Inc., AgForce and the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, to support sustainable agriculture. A voluntary and industry-led process, Grazing BMP assists graziers to identify improved […]

Reef Catchments

Rescuing the Reef The Australian Government Reef Programme (formerly Reef Rescue) is responsible for fast-tracking water quality benefits associated with improved agricultural practices, leading to improvements in the health of the Great Barrier Reef. In Mackay and the Whitsundays, the programme uptake has exceeded expectations. High levels of involvement have seen a total of 946 […]

Northern Gulf Resource Management Group

Assessing the impact of floods on biodiversity Ten million hectares under water for a month is bound to have an impact on biodiversity. After the wet season of 2009 when some 95,000 km2 of the lower Gulf of Carpentaria catchments experienced significant flooding for several months, Northern Gulf Resource Management Group commissioned a rapid biodiversity […]

South East Queensland Catchments

Natural wonder restored: Myora Springs Myora Springs (also known as Campembah Creek), on the north-west side of North Stradbroke Island, is known for its natural beauty as well as a site of cultural significance to the Quandamooka people.   It is a freshwater spring directly adjoining both remnant coastal rainforest to one side and mangrove […]

Southern Gulf Catchments Inc

Woodslake (Jilgara) Restoration Project Woodslake, or Jilgara as it is know by the traditional owners, is a culturally and ecologically significant wetland in North West Queensland impacted by major erosion and sediment issues caused by infrastructure development and grazing practices.  Gangalidda and Garawa traditional owners are alarmed by the amounts of topsoil being deposited into […]

South West NRM Group Ltd

Enhancing biodiversity hotspots along western Queensland stock routes   South West NRM’s Enhancing Biodiversity Hotspots Along Western Queensland Stock Routes project was delivered in partnership with Queensland Government, Desert Channels Queensland, Southern Gulf Catchments, and Queensland Murray-Darling Committee.   More than 80,000km of stock routes were covered to record 132 locations, 47 biodiversity hotspots, 5 […]

Torres Strait Regional Authority

Land and Sea Unit scoops national awards The Torres Strait Regional Authority Land and Sea Management Unit won two of Australia’s most prestigious environmental awards including an award for an outstanding contribution to national sustainability.   A Gold Banksia Award recognised the Land and Sea Management Unit as the best entrant in eleven major categories […]


Partnering up for Youth Engagement in the Herbert Terrain’s one-day Future Leaders Eco Challenge (FLEC) with 80 youth and 20 teachers from the Hinchinbrook area included partners GBRMPA, BSES, Herbert Resource Information Centre, HCPSL and Tyto Information Centre, each hosting a 40-minute rotational activity session.   The participants learnt about water quality, biodiversity, soils and […]

Central Tablelands Local Land Services

Kids Teaching Kids Underpinned by the concept that children learn best from their peers, Kids Teaching Kids is a powerful way to spread the environmental message and create the environmental leaders of the future. 4 conferences over the past 4 years 1500 students involved Students from Neville Public School, Forbest Public School and Corinella Public school […]

Central West Local Land Services

Biodiversity outputs in the central west From 2004 to 2013, the Central West CMA (now Central West LLS) achieved the following biodiversity outcomes: negotiated the attachment of 13 conservation covenants to the titles of privately owned properties negotiated 3445 voluntary conservation agreements protected 116,719 ha of native vegetation by fencing planted 118,307 ha of native […]

Greater Sydney Local Land Services

Protecting the Cumberland Plain In 2012-13, Greater Sydney Local Land Services received $1.5 million in Australian government funding to protect the critically endangered ecological communities of the Cumberland Plain in the Western Sydney Basin.  A massive coordinated effort has seen a multitude of groups and individuals work together to achieve common goals in a complex, […]

Hunter Local Land Services

State and local government working together to improve water quality The Tuggerah Lakes estuary located on the NSW central coast is a unique environment that is home to a rich variety of wildlife and vegetation such as saltmarsh and freshwater wetlands.   Over the last 30 years the estuary has been affected by human activities […]

Murray Local Land Services

Improved Dairy Management   The Murray Catchment, like many catchments, is being exposed to increasing variability and change.  This means that we must be pro-actively adapting to changing circumstances so that our businesses remain profitable, our environment is kept healthy and the local communities we live in remain strong and vibrant.  This video is one of […]

North Coast Local Land Services

Local vets and rangers prepare for frontline plant disease response Local Livestock Health and Pest Authority rangers and vets prepared to be on the Local Land Services frontline last year when 30 spent the day at a plant biosecurity workshop to discuss how they will stop the spread of emergency plant pests and diseases.   […]

North West Local Land Services

Sustainable Namoi Living The Sustainable Namoi Living Program was named Grand Champion at the 2013 Tamworth Community Sustainability Awards, run by the Tamworth Tidy Towns Committee.   Sustainable Namoi Living is famous for its annual free expo. In 2013, 4,000 people came to learn about the many ways we can all live more sustainably. People […]

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services

Murries On Barwon Project The Murries on Barwon (MoB) Project was named the State winner of the 2013 NSW Landcare Indigenous Innovation Award and was an outstanding partnership between the Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA, the Mungindi Local Aboriginal Land Council, NSW TAFE, and the Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation.   A highlight of the project was […]

Riverina Local Land Services

Wiradjuri plant use e-book Riverina Local Land Services has re-launched an electronic version of the Wiradjuri Plant Use in the Murrumbidgee Catchment publication.   Originally published in March 2008, the 100 page colour booklet is a contemporary guide to the identification of plants within the Murrumbidgee catchment that are significant to the Wiradjuri people.   The […]

South East Local Land Services

Local students reconnect with art and culture Narooma High School’s Art-Reconnect program recently culminated in the launch of an exhibition showcasing student’s experiences through photography. The Art-Reconnect program, with funding from the Australian Government has seen many talented far south coast Aboriginal artisans sharing their cultural knowledge and practices and natural resource management skills with […]

Western Local Land Services

Total Grazing Pressure Program 2014 $2.8 million has been committed to 58 land managers to erect a total of 1,005 km of total grazing pressure fencing, install 42 trap yards and undertake grazing management plans. Land managers now have the ability to: increase productivity and sustainability of 250,000 hectares of rangeland reduce unmanaged goats numbers […]

Corangamite Catchment Management Authority

Saltmarsh Protection Project Project partners Landholders Corangamite CMA Glenelg Hopkins CMA Port Phillip Westernport CMA West Gippsland CMA Funding 2012-2013 $1,000,000 Investors Australian and Victorian governments and land managers Victoria’s private and public coastal land managers are protecting 1,332 hectares of coastal saltmarsh vegetation as part of $1million project to help preserve critical habitat. The […]

East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority

Moogji partnership   As the ‘caretaker of river health’ under the Water Act 1989, the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority plans and supervises on-ground works on waterways in partnership with other agencies and individual landholders. On the floodplain reach of the Snowy River, these works primarily include willow control, large wood installation and a fully […]

Glenelg – Hopkins Catchment Management Authority

Saltmarsh Protection Program Project partners Landholders Corangamite CMA Glenelg Hopkins CMA Port Phillip Westernport CMA West Gippsland CMA Funding 2012-2013 $1,000,000 Investors Australian and Victorian governments and land managers Victoria’s private and public coastal land managers are protecting 1,332 hectares of coastal saltmarsh vegetation as part of $1million project to help preserve critical habitat. The […]

Goulburn – Broken Catchment Management Authority

Dookie Biolinks Indigenous Work Crew Program   The Dookie Biolinks Indigenous Work Crew Program started in 2010. Since that time it has achieved 44ha of revegetation works, more than 58ha of weed control and collected more than 60kg of native seed.   Watch the video:

Mallee Catchment Management Authority

Quantifying impacts of stock exclusion fencing on native vegetation   $140,420 funded through the Australian and Victorian Governments, and the Mallee CMA A scientific method for long term monitoring of vegetation change designed and implemented Baseline data collected to enable future assessment   Grazing by livestock is seen as a major threat to the condition […]

North Central Catchment Management Authority

Farming for sustainable soils The first phase of the program was funded entirely from the Sustainable Practices chapter of the Australian Government Caring for our Country Program.   In July 2013 the Australian Government confirmed support for a second (five-year) phase of the Farming for Sustainable Soils program. The Victorian Government (DEPI) also agreed to […]

North East Catchment Management Authority

Soils for Life North East CMAs Soil Carbon Programme has been chosen as a case study for demonstrating landscape regeneration in practice by the Soils for Life – Outcomes Australia Project. Soils for Life supports innovative farmers and land mangers demonstrating high performance in regenerative landscape management.

Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority

Grow West – 10 years of changing a challenging landscape Grow West’s vision is to rejuvenate 10,000 hectares of the upper Werribee catchment, west of Melbourne by connecting large areas of public reserves; Brisbane Ranges National Park, Werribee Gorge State Park and up through to Lerderderg State Park, through a mosaic of restoration works on […]

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority

Corner Inlet Connections The Corner Inlet Steering Committee (CISC) was established in 2007 to provide an integrated and collaborative approach to address issues impacting on the Corner Inlet Ramsar Site. The CISC includes representation from over 15 groups including community groups, landholders, government bodies and industry groups. Since 2007, the CISC has been instrumental in […]

Wimmera Catchment Management Authority

Improving land management practices Increased knowledge of no-till and stubble retention practices has reduced soil disturbance and erosion in the Wimmera.  The annual Wimmera Cropland Management Transect reflects the large increase in no-till practices, and the Vic No-Till Farmers Association has a strong membership base in the Wimmera region.  Intensive consultation with community groups, agencies […]

Northern Agricultural Catchments Council Inc

Small Landholders Guide goes digital A Small Landholders Guide, coordinated by the Regional Landcare Facilitator, is available through Northern Agricultural Catchments Council. The guide is intended to assist people managing blocks of land between 1ha and 200ha in area. Included in the guide are technical chapters and case studies on topics such as planning, soils, […]

Rangelands NRM Coordinating Group Inc.

Ngurrawaana Rangers  Total investment (over 7 years): $783,034 Rangelands NRM has had a capacity building relationship with the Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation for seven years to develop an Indigenous ranger program based at the Ngurrawaana community, 115km south east of Roebourne, Western Australia. One area of focus has been on eradicating the Weed of National Significance […]

South Coast NRM Inc.

Southern Shores Coastal Community Engagement Twenty-two community groups and nine public land and aquatic resource managers have been directly engaged through 14 projects as part of the Southern Shores Coastal and Marine Grant Program delivered by South Coast NRM. Projects have included:   Benthic invertebrate monitoring in estuary foreshores Near shore marine monitoring Shorebird monitoring […]

South West Catchments Council Inc

Understanding- Awakening the Nyungar Dream   Project funders: this project is supported by the South West Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s Program, and the Government of Western Australia. Total investment: $287,258   Other partners (collaborators) Goomburrup Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) (Maamun Danjoo Koorliny Waakinininy) Peedac PTY Department of Parks and Wildlife   Key […]

Peel Harvey Catchment Council

Biodiversity toolbox available online Peel Harvey Catchment Council, in partnership with the WA Government has developed an online GIS system to allow people to access spatial data for the catchment. The project evolved from a biodiversity project and contains data including: Satellite and aerial photography imagery SPOT satellite imagery Digital elevation models Roads, cadastre and […]

Perth Region NRM Inc

CVA mentoring on Rottnest Island Perth Region NRM partnered with Conservation Volunteers Australia in 2013 to deliver a training and mentoring program for WA’s first all-Aboriginal NRM working team. A group of 10 Aboriginal men and women were trained in Traditional ecological and modern scientific practices for restoring and maintaining healthy natural ecosystems and worked […]

Wheatbelt NRM Council Inc.

Old Kokardine Valley Floor Revegetation Land Manager’s: Colin, Ross and Robin Lane Property Size: 4,500 ha Year: 2012 Location: Wongan Hills, Western Australia Annual rainfall (mm): 345 Enterprise mix: cropping & sheep Soil types/vegetation types: predominately wodjil Total Investment by Caring For our Country Funding through Wheatbelt NRM: $24, 000.00 Total Investment by landowner: $12, […]

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

Plastic recycling on farm Thousands of tonnes of agricultural plastics such silage and binder twine are consumed in SA annually. Most of this plastic is either burned, buried or left in the paddock. Now there is a trial supported by the Adelaide MT Lofty Ranges NRM Board to recycle this plastic and turn it into […]

Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara

Minyma Tjuta Women’s Gathering In September 2012, a convoy of 51 women travelled for thousands of kilometres to important women’s sites in Mamungari CP. Many women had not been back to these sites for over 15 years. Some had never been at all. The Mamungari Women’s Gathering – Minyma Tjuta Tjunguringanyi brought the women together […]

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula

Planning for multiple use landscapes on farms This project aimed to increase farmers’ capacity to recognise and plan for future opportunities in the context of climate change. It developed tools and processes to identify and plan multi use landscapes to deliver integrated climate change adaptation options. The project worked with 10 farmers on Eyre Peninsula […]

Natural Resources Kangaroo Island

Nationally Threatened Plant Project Habitat loss, fragmentation and an absence of fire are leading to the decline of plant communities that support 25 regionally, nationally or state listed threatened plant species in eastern Kangaroo Island. Without active conservation efforts their decline and extinction will be inevitable. By reinstating quality habitat through large scale plantings the […]

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke

Greening Port Julia With funding from Northern and York NRM Board, Port Julia Progress Association is working on a project to remove boxthorn and other weeds and revegetate a strip of road reserve that links with a coastal reserve and walking trail in front of the town. Stretching 2km, the reserve features significant trees and […]

Natural Resources SA Arid Lands

Kowari on the Birdsville track In 2013, more than 60 Kowaris were captured through monitoring surveys across their known range along the Birdsville Track where they continue to hang on in one of the toughest environments imaginable.   These results contrast with very low kowari capture rates in 2011 surveys when native long-hired rats were […]

Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin

Citizen Science – Have you seen this parrot? With a memorable phone number and television promotion, the 1800 PARROT program has been a great motivator for the South Australian Riverland community to report sightings of a most iconic and beautiful bird, the nationally endangered regent parrot.   Public information is an important data source for […]

Natural Resources South East

Enhancing Soil Health This project aims to directly enhance soil health by increasing the skills and knowledge of landholders to address soil degradation issues related to erosion, acidification and soil carbon content in identified high priority areas in the South East region, and providing funding to continue to monitor 4 demonstration farm sites to demonstrate […]

NRM North

Roaming Cow- NRM North partnership- Case Study In 2012, NRM North partnered with Fonterra – a multinational farmer cooperative responsible for approximately 30% of the world’s dairy exports, which has a significant presence in the NRM North region.  Fonterra launched Roaming Cow yoghurt where ten cents from the sale of each tub of yoghurt was […]

NRM Cradle Coast

Enhancing habit and significant ecosystems TOTAL FINANCIAL INVESTMENT: $13,567 KEY ACHIEVEMENTS: Partnering with Threatened Plants Tasmania in a collaborative project Creating plain English, accessible flora guide for all ages and interest-levels in the regional community PACCA cards (short for Plants At-risk in the Cradle Coast Area) are a pocket-sized guide to the threatened flora that […]

NRM South

D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration   The D’Entrecasteaux Channel is a unique waterway appreciated for its natural, heritage, economic and lifestyle values. It was surveyed by Europeans in 1792 and is of cultural significance to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. The channel contains two marine reserves, a national park, it boasts amazing coastal vegetation, abundant birdlife and […]

ACT NRM Council

Yurung Dhaura Aboriginal team caring for the Cotter In 2003, Canberra experienced severe bushfires. But four Aboriginal people made a big difference in the restoration of the Cotter River Catchment as a result. The Yurun Dhaura (strong Earth) team delivered the ACT’s Caring for the Cotter project by restoring and protecting the Cotter and Paddy’s […]

Territory Natural Resource Management

Territory Conservation Agreements – linking conservation and productivity   Territory Natural Resource Management, the regional NRM body for the Northern Territory, introduced the Territory Conservation Agreement (TCA) program in 2011. The aim was to encourage landholders to protect areas on their property with high conservation significance, to raise awareness among landholders of the benefits of […]