Online Strategy and Smartphone App Set To Revolutionise Natural Resource Management in The Region

Community members getting hands-on with the NARvis website
Community members getting hands-on with the NARvis website

Community members, local and state government agency representatives, community group members and land holders with an interest in the environment have been given the first opportunity to view NARvis, a new interactive website that hosts the updated Regional Natural Resource Management Strategy for the Northern Agricultural Region of Western Australia.

The innovative resource has been developed by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC), whose purpose is to support the community to support the natural environment.

NACC presented NARvis at four workshops held across the region, giving attendees from a broad range of backgrounds the opportunity to provide valuable input for the future of natural resource management in the region.

Attendees cited the interactive mapping capacity, ease of use and comprehensive nature of the website as among the most beneficial features.

One attendee from the Jurien Bay workshop stated that “NARvis will revolutionise how groups apply for funding and will be fundamental to success for grant applications from all groups”.

Some of the volunteers helping to officially launch the Photomon app in Jurien Bay
Some of the volunteers helping to officially launch the Photomon app in Jurien Bay

The workshops also provided an overview on Photomon, a newly released

Photomon was originally developed with funding from Coastwest to assist with the monitoring of coastal erosion and other shoreline changes, including those posing a threat to coastal infrastructure. Future developments for the app are set to focus on its application in other diverse monitoring projects such as biodiversity and agriculture.

Jurien Bay played host to the largest of the four workshops which took place on 5th December and coincided with International Volunteer Day. Member for Moore, Shane Love, MLA, presented volunteers with a certificate of appreciation and a customised t-shirt to those involved with NACC’s volunteer based Beach Monitoring Program.

NACC’s Coastal and Marine Program Coordinator, Dr Mic Payne, commented that it was great to be able to formally recognise the contribution that volunteers have made to the Beach Monitoring Program and said “volunteer feedback has been crucial to the development of the smartphone app, and the program would not be have been possible without the generous contribution of time and knowledge made by the voluteers”.

You can explore the NARvis website yourself at: www.narvis.com.au, where you can leave a comment to have your say. More information about Photomon can be found on the NACC website: www.nacc.com.au/beach-photo-monitoring.

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