NRM South is one of 56 natural resource management organisations in Australia and one of three in Tasmania. Their role is to protect, sustainably manage and improve the natural resources for the shared environmental, social and economic benefit of the community.
The Southern Tasmanian NRM Region covers 2.5 million hectares, including Hobart and its urban fringes and towns. Supporting almost half of Tasmania’s population of 514,000 it spans the 12 municipalities of Brighton, Central Highlands, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Sorell, Southern Midlands and Tasman as well as the state and federal electoral divisions of Franklin, Denison and roughly one-third of Lyons. It encompasses the world heritage areas of the South West Wilderness and Macquarie Island, four internationally recognised Ramsar-listed wetlands, seven national parks and 22 marine reserves, and an array of varying ecosystems with high terrestrial, estuarine and marine biodiversity.
Its people cover a broad social and demographic spectrum, and are employed in a variety of industries from aquaculture to government administration, renewable energy to food production. Industries such as agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism rely on the region’s natural resources for current and future success, and contribute significantly to the region’s economy and identity.
Southern Tasmanians are energetic volunteers and there are over 120 community groups caring for bushland, coastal areas and cultural heritage in the region. There are also many active landholder and farmer groups working to improve the management of natural resources.
Southern Tasmania’s wealth of natural resources underpins its economic, social and environmental wellbeing. Its richness of natural assets and diversity presents both opportunities and complex management challenges.