Reef Catchments NRM is part of a network of 56 natural resource management bodies in Australia. The various regions are determined by river catchment boundary lines.
In Queenland there are 12 independent not-for-profit NRM bodies that cover the state from the Great Barrier Reef coastline to our rainforests and rangelands. We are all local, we know the lay of the land in our region, and we are trusted by the strong community networks with whom we live and work.
While our regions and communities are unique, our work is similar. Each member of our NRM network works with their communities to make a difference to the environment through the sustainable use of natural resources.
We are all delivering projects related to
• Land management
• Nature conservation (biodiversity)
• Healthy waterways and water quality
• Catchment repair
• Sustainable farming and soil management
• Weed and pest management
• Climate resilience
In total we have a workforce of more than 300 people on the ground in rural communities who can respond quickly to changing situations including drought, cyclones, floods, and fires.
NRM Regions Queensland was formed in 2002 by the 12 natural resource management bodies in Queensland to coordinate statewide programs and to form a forum where the regional bodies can collaborate and support each other.
Burnett Mary Regional Group
Stretching from Maleny on the Sunshine Coast to north of Bundaberg, BMRG supports Queensland’s largest regional population in a significant agricultural area that also boasts ecological diversity including the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef.
Cape York NRM
Cape York NRM works with Cape York people, using local knowledge and science to improve land, water and marine conditions.
Desert Channels Queensland
Based in Longreach, Desert Channels is working to sustain the Queensland section of the Lake Eyre basin.
Fitzroy Basin Association
FBA is the natural resource managment body for the Fitzroy region, which covers more than 150,000 kms of land.
Healthy Land and Water
Healthy Land and Water is dedicated to improving and protecting the environment of South East Queensland, an area with significant population and development including Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. While this NRM region is more urbanised, HLW’s approach is the same as other regions – combining science and local knowledge to develop innovative solutions to environmental challenges.
Northern Gulf Resource Management Group
With offices in Mareeba and Georgetown, Northern Gulf Resource Management Group works with land managers and Traditional Owners across a large region mostly dominated by dry savannah rangelands in the north west of Queensland below Cape York.
NQ Dry Tropics
With a head office in Townsville, NQ Dry Tropics works with landholders and communities on the sustainable managment of land, water plants, and animals in a vast region that includes the state’s second largest river system – the Burdekin River.
Southern Gulf NRM
Based in Mount Isa, Southern Gulf NRM covers the region from Hughenden to Mount Isa and up to Burketown in the north.
With two World Heritage Areas on its doorstep, Terrain NRM combines science with local knowledge to develop sustainable solutions to increase the resilience of the rainforests, reef, landscapes, and local communities of the Wet Tropics.