Updated regional natural resource management strategy shared at two local launch events.
Over the last year, natural resource management practitioners from around the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR) have participated in an extensive consultation process, providing over 300 inputs to updating the regional natural resource management (NRM) strategy, NARvis.
There has been a regional NRM strategy in the NAR since 2005. Currently, regional NRM strategies are supported by the Regional Land Partnerships Program, part of the National Landcare Program, and all of the ~50 NRM regions across Australia have an NRM strategy. The purpose of these strategies is to guide environmental investment, identify conservation and land management priorities, represent the needs and goals of NRM in each region and support fundraising and advocacy efforts. Our regional NRM strategy is curated and hosted by NACC NRM. However, it covers the activities of all NRM practitioners across the region, including government, NGOs, producer groups, community environmental groups, Traditional Owners and farmers.
To show our appreciation to everyone who participated in updating the regional NRM strategy, acknowledging their incredible commitment to the process and the region, and sharing the new version of the strategy, NACC held two thank-you launch events. The first took place in Guilderton on Friday, 11 June 2021 and was co-hosted with Moore Catchment Council, the Friends of Moore River Estuary and the Lower Moore River Working Group.
The event started at the Guilderton Country Club exploring the new NARvis and enjoying a delicious tasting of local native food with Jane and Tim from In The Wylde. The group tested cookies and cakes, meatballs and ice cream made from locally sourced wattle seed, quandong fruit, saltbush leaves and sandalwood nuts. After some fortifying snacks attendees braved the weather for a planting hour at a local revegetation site, followed by a cruise up the Moore River to view some older riparian revegetation sites. Local champions have been restoring degraded spots in the area for 25 years. Later, we gathered back at the Country Club to warm up with a hearty lunch and learn more about water monitoring in the Moore River.
The second launch event took place in Geraldton on Thursday, 17 June 2021. New local Aboriginal-owned tour company, Daarrgi Naaguja, took a small group on a cultural and environmental tour of the Geraldton foreshore. We then decamped to the Geraldton Yacht Club for a presentation on the new NARvis and a delightfully cheeky performance by Geraldton’s own sea shanty group, Rum Jungle. The sea shanty show included an original and highly relatable song all about NRM planning workshops! Good snacks and a sundowner looking over the sea rounded off a pleasant afternoon.
We are very pleased to announce that the updated NARvis is live and ready to use. To learn more, please visit the website and have a good look around, or contact NARvis Project Officer Amanda Bourne on Amanda.Bourne@NACC.com.au or 0474 652 595.