We are happy to announce that the next National NRM Conference is to be held in Margaret River, WA and will be co-hosted with South West Catchments Council!
The South West Catchments Council has been the peak Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisation for the South West since 2001. SWCC work in partnership with the community to ensure that our iconic landscapes, waterways, coastline and agricultural land are protected for current and future generations.
Monday 31 October 2022 – Field Trips and Opening Event 6-8pm (venue tbc)
Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 November 2022 – Conference – Margaret River HEART
Thursday 3 and Friday 4 November 2022 – National Chairs Forum (venue tbc)
Margaret River Region
‘Flanked by national parks including towering forests, pristine coastlines and rugged granite outcrops, the Margaret River Region is the quintessential Western Australian holiday destination. This is award-winning wine country with a thriving art scene, incredible hiking trails, and a distinctly circular food philosophy with a great respect for the land. With sheltered bays to the north, vineyards and surf coast along its length, and two oceans meeting at the southern tip, it’s time to discover the Margaret River Region.’
We will keep you posted – and look forward to seeing you there – in person!
Recognising, respecting and appreciating the cultural, physical, emotional and spiritual connection to country of our Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people, is growing across generations. Land, waters, heritage and cultural sites need protection from exploitation and destruction.
NRM Regions Australia are listening. We are hearing the stories, thinking about our values and remain committed to working towards a healthier tomorrow, for our land, waters and all people.
This year’s theme for NAIDOC is beautiful; ‘Heal Country’. For us all to reflect on how we can contribute to a healing country I ask you to think about your own connection to country. Please step outside, close your eyes for a few seconds and take a huge breath out. Let us all be grateful that we are able to do just that.
Let’s celebrate a healing country going forwards and not forget the truths of the past, for a country cannot heal without understanding and sitting with that history that contributed to today.
Big love to all with the NAIDOC celebrations this week,
NRM Regions Australia
This week, Threatened Species Commissioner Sally Box announced the launch of the Australian Government’s new 10-year Threatened Species Strategy.
Several welcome elements include:
- Climate adaptation and resilience such as conserving potential future places of refuge and strategies for ‘assisted colonisation’
- Broadening the priority species to include reptiles, amphibians, freshwater and marine species,
- A new focus on ‘priority places’ to expand the new Strategy’s influence across our land and seascapes, and
- Expanding key action areas to focus Australian Government efforts to landscape-scale actions that are fundamental to the recovery of threatened species.
‘The new Strategy builds on progress to date to deliver a framework for action to protect and recover our nation’s threatened plants and animals, spanning terrestrial, marine, and freshwater environments. The new Strategy will be underpinned by consecutive 5-year Action Plans – with the first Action Plan to be released later this year. Each Action Plan will identify priority species and places, outline specific actions to improve the trajectory and condition of species and places, and set targets to measure progress.’ – Sally Box
Read more about the new Strategy in the media release: https://minister.awe.gov.au/ley/media-releases/national-strategy-protect-threatened-species
A link to the strategy is here: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/threatened-species-strategy-2021-2031