Natural Resource Management Plan 2014-2024 set to launch

Dec 7, 2014 |

Natural Resource Management Plan 2014-2024A final draft of the new Natural Resource Management Plan for Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac has been approved by the Reef Catchments Board and contributing stakeholders across the community for its formal launch in February, 2015.

 

To view a copy of the draft report – CLICK HERE.

This follows a concluding period of open public comment, where community and stakeholders were again asked to provide final input to the plan and its supporting documents.

The NRM Plan has been developed collaboratively, with Reef Catchments pulling information together on behalf of a multitude of stakeholders, including local governments, industry bodies, Traditional Owners and the local community.

The plan provides the community and stakeholders an opportunity to have a say on how our land, water, coasts and islands should be managed for the future.

NRM Plan coordinator Alice Spencer said it was important that everyone who took part in the plan review would now have an opportunity to take part in its implementation.

“Although this seems quite final as we put the finishing touches on the plan and begin arrangements for a formal launch, it’s really just the end of the planning process and the beginning of the plan,” she said.

“We now have this collective tool to learn about the region to make better decisions, leverage interest and investment, guide other plans, locate opportunities, and access our shared vision for the region. The community has had a say, and now it’s time to work towards coordinating action.

“We hope the NRM plan will better enable people to work together to efficiently use funding and resources, and that all of the relationships developed during the planning process are strengthened and continue to deliver positive and enduring results.”

As part of this, the key stakeholders to the NRM Plan, many of whom form part of the NRM Plan Development Committee, will be asked to formally sign the document at the launch to officially endorse the broad principles of the plan and the process behind it. The aim is to seek a level of commitment from stakeholders in implementing the agreed outcomes and management actions, while adding to the integrity of the plan as a collaborative effort.

The NRM Plan (2014-2024) final draft is available to view online at www.reefcatchments.com/nrm. To pre-order a printed copy, please contact Alice Spencer – alice.spencer@reefcatchments.com or phone 0428 955 490.

All stakeholders are encouraged to visit the site, and share the link with others however as a final draft, please note that changes may still occur.