Agriculture and Food Minister Kim Chance today addressed the first meeting of the Natural Resource Management Council (NRMC) to outline the State Government’s key priority areas for the next 12 months.
Mr Chance said the NRMC was reconstituted as a result of recommendations put forward in the Hicks Review, conducted in 2005.
“The review was undertaken to look at the natural resource management (NRM) regional delivery arrangements and one of the recommendations was to restructure the State NRM Council,” he said.
“The new Council will be chaired by Dr Wally Cox and include representatives from South Coast NRM, South West Catchments Council, Swan Catchment Council, Avon Catchment Council, Northern Agricultural Catchment Council, Rangelands NRM Co-ordinating Group and members representing pastoral, farming, Aboriginal, conservation and local government interests.”
At today’s meeting, the Minister said that the terms of reference for the council would be to provide high level advice through him to the State Government.
“This council has been established as a skills-based, rather than a representative body,” he said.
“It will have the important task of reviewing and providing advice on the content and implementation of the State NRM Strategy.
“This will include advice on the efficiency and effectiveness of programs supporting the strategy, particularly the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) - Phase Three program, which will replace the current NHT and National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality programs.”
Mr Chance said the council would be responsible for convening State forums to discuss NRM issues and promoting sound land management practices.
“It will also provide advice to the Ministerial Committee on NRM and Salinity and to the Council of Natural Resources Agency Chief Executives for future strategy development,” he said.
“Some of the current priority NRM issues are outlined in the recent State of Environment Report and include the management and conservation of biodiversity assets, management and protection of water resources, sustainable use of coastal and marine resources, and responding to threats to agricultural land.”
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