NRM Planning – A brief history

  • 1989-2000: Natural Resource Management in Queensland has matured over several successive investment programs, beginning in 1989 with the Decade of Landcare, which continues to provide essential on-ground works to this day.
  • 1990s: From this foundation, the Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) program was launched to manage natural resources on a wider scale, with funding made available from the Queensland Government to manage pilot projects to support on-ground efforts.
  • 1997-2001: The Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) provided $162 million for community projects and $25 million for state-wide projects in Queensland. Regional NRM Plans were developed, supporting a more strategic and targeted approach to investment.
  • 1999: The National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality (NAP) jointly provided $319.5 million with NHT. This represented a commitment by the Australian and State Governments to tackle two major issues facing Australia’s rural industries, regional communities and the environment in highly affected regions.
  • 2002-2008: The NRM model was well established and strongly supported by stakeholders as a tool to effectively create behavioural change toward more sustainable NRM practices.
  • 2008-2013: The Australian Government delivered its $2 billion Caring for our Country (C4oC) program, the successor of NHT and NAP.
  • 2013-2018: The Australian Government committed to continue C4oC with another $2 billion funding.
  • 2013-2016: The Australian Government announced the Regional Natural Resource Management Planning for Climate Change Fund to update all NRM Plans across Australia to guide planning for climate change impacts on the land, and to maximise the environmental benefits of carbon farming projects. Further information is available here..