SOUTH Coast NRM coordinates and administers funding provided by the Australian Government and the Government of Western Australia specifically allocated for natural resource management (NRM).
SOUTH Coast NRM organisation benefits from strong community, industry and government support for on-ground work organised under the themes of Land, Water, Biodiversity, Cultural Heritage and Coastal and Marine.
With the help of partners, they have developed a framework for managing the future of key natural resources.
All regional activity and funding is directed by Southern Prospects 2011-2016 – the South Coast Regional Strategy for Natural Resource Management.
SOUTH Coast NRM is one of 56 Australian NRM groups committed to achieving positive social and economic outcomes and the sustainable long-term management of the natural environment.
Western Australia has a further six regional NRM groups – Rangelands NRM, Peel Region, Perth Region NRM, Wheatbelt NRM, Northern Agricultural Catchments Council and the South West Catchments Council.
Since June 2003, South Coast NRM, the other WA regional groups and the state government have been signatories to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) formalising a working relationship. The agreement also provides a framework for cooperation, mutual support and accountability for conservation and sustainable land use within the state.
Under the MOU all WA NRM groups agree to develop regional strategies; consult with the broader community; develop investment plans which include prioritisation of activities; maintain community input into the implementation and evaluation of their strategies and provide advice at state and regional level.
The regional NRM group chairs and chief executive officers meet regularly to ensure a consistent approach is being adopted across WA and that community concerns and issues are voiced to the Australian and state governments.