NARvis – the Northern Agricultural Regional Vision – is an update of 2005 Regional Natural Resource Management Strategy. Rather than the traditional document NARvis has been presented as a website with interactive maps and content.
NARvis is a regional plan created with the input and support of state and local government agencies, community groups and land managers. It has been designed as a tool for these stakeholders to identify and prioritise NRM investment in the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR) and promote collaboration across all levels.
Visit the NARvis Website www.narvis.com.au
View the NARvis Strategy Summary Document
How was NARvis developed?
In 2012, recognising the need to update its seven year-old Regional NRM Strategy, NACC started on the journey that has led to the creation of NARvis.
- First, a series of four community INFFER workshops were held throughout the NAR to identify regional NRM assets, asses their values, threats and importance.
- To ensure that the new plan didn’t become another document that quickly became out of date, NACC decided to create the new plan as a web based portal utilising GIS mapping capabilities. To host the maps and information NACC wanted to share with the community, NACC created its own ArcGIS Online account https://narvis.maps.arcgis.com.
- A technical working group with members from relevant government agencies was established to guide the project and provide valuable feedback and comments.
- NACC was successful in winning funding from the Australian Government through the NRM planning for climate change fund to update the plan with respect to climate change.
- The strategy content was then updated, the NARvis website was created and community engagement was undertaken.
The strategy was updated in 2013-2015 to include a deeper consideration of the impacts of climate change in the region. During another round of community consultation, the management actions and targets were separated into seven regional aspirations reflecting a landscape-scale approach. The updated strategy was converted into an interactive, GIS-enabled website known as the NARvis and was last comprehensively updated in 2017 with a stronger emphasis on Traditional Owner engagement in NRM compared to previous versions of the strategy.
NACC NRM is the Australian Government’s Regional Land Partnerships Program service provider for the NAR and the custodian of the regional NRM strategy. Regional NRM planning is one of the core functions of the 54 regional NRM organisations across Australia.
As a requirement of the current Regional Land Partnerships service provider agreement, NACC NRM is currently updating the strategy. This most recent update is focused on ensuring that the regional strategy continues to address emerging threats and opportunities for regional NRM as well as the changing needs and priorities of our diverse NRM community.
Updating NARvis will involve extensive consultation with regional stakeholders including community groups, business and industry, non-government organisations, and all levels of government. Keep an eye out for opportunities to participate in one of the planned in-person and online consultations. A first round of workshops took place in September 2020.
Click here to read the Workshop Synthesis Report which details each community consultation workshop and their findings.
Alternatively, you can view the reports for each community consultation workshop by choosing from the links below.
This project has been funded by Australian Government’s NRM Planning for Climate Change Fund.