Natural Resources South East is responsible for delivering a range of programs and projects on behalf of the South East Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board and the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Working together with partners, volunteers and the broader South East community, Natural Resources South East business includes public lands responsibilities, encouraging sustainable production practices, and conserving and managing the region’s environment.
Their work aims to achieve the targets set out in the region’s NRM Plan. This plan was developed by the South East NRM Board in partnership with the community, stakeholders and partners.
The South East Natural Resources Management (SE NRM) region covers an area of approximately 28,000 square kilometres and is bounded by the Victorian border to the east, the Southern Ocean to the south and the Coorong to the west. This area of South Australia is commonly referred to as the Limestone Coast due to its proximity to the coast and the abundance of limestone located under the soil, which acts as a filter to produce high quality water.
The climate of the region is characterised by cool wet winters and mild to hot, dry summers. Average annual rainfall varies considerably within the region, from approximately 850mm in the south to 450mm in the north of the region. With a favourable climate, suitable soils and underground water, the South East has a strong history as a highly productive area that supports a diverse and profitable industry base. The region contributes about $5 billion per annum towards the South Australian GDP with more than 30% of the State’s GDP produced by the South East’s agricultural sector. The key economic activities in the region supported by natural resources include plantation forestry, wine/viticulture, agriculture, dairy, potatoes, fishing/aquaculture and their associated industries.
The region is distinguished by a series of stranded dunes that rise between 20-50 metres above interdunal plains. These plains can be inundated over winter and host a variety of internationally-recognised wetland systems, including the Ramsar-listed Bool and Hacks lagoons and part of the Coorong and Lower Lakes Wetlands. The region also hosts and extensive network of limestone sink holes and caves, which include the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves.
The South East Natural Resources Management Board has divided the South East region into two areas for natural resource management, namely the Upper South East and the Lower South East . These areas are managed by formal sub committee of the board called NRM Groups. This map shows the NRM group boundaries.