Terrain is one of 56 Regional Bodies across Australia, working with the community, government and industry to look after our natural resources in the Wet Tropics region of North Queensland.
- Is a community-based not-for-profit organisation supporting natural resource management (NRM) in the Wet Tropics region.
- Builds partnerships to secure the health of natural resources including the region’s water, biodiversity, soil, climate, traditional owner and community assets.
- Provides planning direction, information, advice and practical support to community/groups/organisations/individuals with an interest in NRM.
Established in 2003, Terrain is a not-for-profit public company funded from a range of corporate, government and philanthropic sources. Current key funding programs include the Queensland Government’s NRM Investment, Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, Reef Water Quality Programme and Reef Trust, which combined are worth some $9 million, which Terrain is administering on behalf of the region.
Terrain’s key role is to support implementation of the Wet Tropics Plan for People and Country by supporting action, facilitating funding and integrating effort to achieve sustainable communities and ecosystems in the region.
A critical factor in the success of the region’s approach to NRM, is the strength of its partnerships across all sectors and tiers of the community.
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.
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.
The Greater Sydney Local Land Services (LLS) region extends from some of the most intensely urbanised localities in NSW, through to vast World Heritage protected wilderness areas, and expansive coastal waterways.
The important natural resources of the region underpin significant economic activity. The Greater Sydney LLS region covers just 1.5 per cent of the land area of NSW, yet it accounts for seven per cent of the State’s agricultural output.
Agricultural production involves intensive industries such as market gardens, poultry and turf. Preservation of high value precincts such as the Hawkesbury floodplain and the orchard areas on volcanic soil at Bilpin is important in ensuring food security for Sydney.
Foxes and rabbits are an issue in built‑up areas of the Greater Sydney LLS region.
Greater Sydney LLS works to encourage sustainable production and environmental stewardship.
With plateaus, coastal and estuarine landscapes, river valleys and beaches, the Greater Sydney region is known for market gardens, poultry, fruit, mushrooms, flowers and turf.