Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM) is an independent not for profit organisation that works with landholders, community groups, industry and government to ensure sustainable management of water, land, soils, plants and animals.
TNRM have been operating since 2005 and their members include industry bodies, Landcare and community groups, local government, indigenous organisations, pastoral companies and local businesses. Their dedicated and professional team of staff work with people across the Territory to identify NRM issues and opportunities, and to plan and implement NRM solutions at a local and regional scale. TNRM are the custodians of a community based regional NRM plan, which identifies the goals and priorities for NRM across the Territory. They work to address management priorities and achieve the goals identified in the plan through:
- Planning and coordinating projects and activities
- Funding and supporting on-ground projects
- Bringing people together to share information and learnings
- Supporting training to increase skills and knowledge
- Building partnerships and supporting people to work together
- Sourcing funding for on-ground work and skill building
- Sharing success stories and recognising the efforts of Territorians in managing our resources
They are one of 56 NRM groups in Australia, and the only one in the Territory, responsible for coordinating and administrating Australian Government funding provided specifically for natural resource management.
They are also a member of the Rangeland NRM Alliance, which is a network of 14 regional NRM organisations that collaborate to improve natural resource management across Australia’s rangelands, which make up 80% of the continent.
NRM North is one of three formally recognised regional natural resource management bodies in Tasmania and one of 56 across Australia. NRM North was established in March 2003 through a community-driven process in response to the Tasmanian Government’s Natural Resource Management Framework and its enabling legislation, the Tasmanian Natural Resource Management Act 2002 (2009 Amendments).
NRM North is responsible for the planning, delivery and implementation of integrated natural resource management (NRM) in Northern Tasmania.
What this means is that we take a holistic approach to managing the environment through identifying regional priorities and develop integrated NRM plans that are based on sound scientific data.
NRM North’s vision is to “be the leading non-government organisation that produces results in natural resource management across northern Tasmania.”
We cannot achieve our vision alone and closely work in partnerships with stakeholders to develop the best ways to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources for future generations.
Our vision is supported by the following principles:
Whilst the government provides the majority of funding for the activities of the organisation, NRM North is independent in its decision making and actively seeks funding from non-government sources.
We aim to positively influence the way people view and manage the natural resources of the northern region and get relevant activities happening on the ground.
NRM North recognises that northern Tasmania is made up of the sub-regions of Break O’Day, Dorset, Furneaux, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands and Tamar. (Defined by local government boundries) NRM North’s approach to community engagment reflects this sub-regional composition.
Northern Tablelands Local Land Services work with land managers and the community to improve primary production within healthy landscapes.
They help people make better decisions about the land they manage and assist rural and regional communities to be profitable and sustainable into the future.
Northern Tablelands LLS connects people with groups, information, support and funding to improve agricultural productivity and better manage natural resources.
Local people, local services
Northern Tablelands LLS is one statewide organisation offering integrated services, delivered regionally and tailored for each community, industry and landscape. They work to develop:
- resilient, self-reliant and prepared local communities
- biosecure, profitable, productive and sustainable primary industries
- healthy, diverse and connected natural environments
The Northern Tablelands is a distinctive highland area of New South Wales with undulating hills, valleys, plateaus and mountains straddling the top of the Great Dividing Range. With an average elevation exceeding 1000 metres above sea level, the Northern Tablelands has a temperate climate with mild summers and cold winters with frosty mornings and occasional snowfalls. The major towns of Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Inverell, Guyra, Armidale, Uralla and Walcha all support productive rural communities predominantly producing beef, sheep and wool. Significant smaller industries include forestry, apples and stone fruit, potatoes, glasshouse tomatoes, dairy farms, alpacas and cool climate wineries.
The Northern Tablelands landscape is located either side of the watershed that runs along the top of the Great Dividing Range. Streams on the western side are the headwaters of the Murray-Darling Basin, while streams on the eastern side of the watershed flow down to the New South Wales North Coast.
The city of Armidale, located on the eastern side of the watershed, is a major centre for the Northern Tablelands. It provides a regional airport, medical services and educational facilities including the University of New England. The Northern Tablelands landscape is characterised by a mosaic of grazing lands and patches of remnant woodland, many of which support national and state significant threatened fauna and flora species and ecological communities.
The western boundary of the Northern Tablelands Local Land services region extends to between Warialda and Delungra at an elevation of 600 metres above sea level. The western side of the Northern Tablelands Local Land services region lays claim to diverse geology, soils and variable terrain which support a broad range of vegetation communities as well as a mix of livestock grazing and cropping enterprises including cereals, legumes and oil seeds.
The Northern Tablelands Local Land Services region is an Aboriginal landscape, and the Local land Services places a high value on Aboriginal involvement in landscape management. There are eight Aboriginal nations – Ngarabal, Dainggatti, Anaiwan, Kamilaroi, Banbai, Gumbainggir, Bigambul and Nganyaywana – incorporating various language dialects, which fall within the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.
The Aboriginal Reference Advisory Group (ARAG) has been instrumental in progressing initiatives to advance Aboriginal people’s involvement in landscape health. The ARAG comprises Aboriginal community members who represent their Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALCs)
The Northern Tablelands Local Land Services recognises that Aboriginal people are respected members of the community and through their traditional ecological knowledge can contribute to maintaining and improving the natural environmental assets within the region.