THE South Coast NRM governance structure consists of a skills-based Board of Management which oversees an NRM Committee and Audit Committee, Business Development Committee and The Southern Fund Committee.
Supporting the NRM Committee are the Aboriginal, Biodiversity, Land, Water and Marine and Community Involvement and Change reference groups and the Monitoring and Evaluation, Invasive Species and Carbon Sequestration technical advisory groups.
The Board of Management, committees and groups are chaired by community members. Committees and groups consist of majority community-based representatives and are skills-based, ensuring appropriate representation by key stakeholders. The Board of management is entirely community based.
Sub-regional representation is provided by members of the NRM Committee. These sub-regional representatives provide a collective input for catchment groups, production groups and non-government organisations existing within their sub-regions.
Strategies to address aspects of good corporate governance, including mechanisms to ensure risk management, accountability and transparency have been specified in organisational and operational planning and are supported with established policies and procedures.
Corporate governance training has been conducted for members of the board, senior managers and some sub-regional representatives.
To comply with funding bodies' auditing and contractual requirements, South Coast NRM has developed effective financial management systems overseen by a business services manager and supported by a contracts management team. South Coast NRM utilises both internal and external auditors to regularly review and improve processes and policies and to ensure fiduciary standards are maintained.
A monitoring and evaluation process is in place to ensure sub-contracted activities are delivered as contracted, ensuring maximum outcomes for the investment made on behalf of the community.
South Coast NRM reflects regional needs and involves stakeholders appropriately. However, there is an absolute need for accountability and transparency, so funding and resources are fairly distributed and commitments to funding bodies, the community and partners are met.
Corporate governance is a significant area for South Coast NRM, its Board and partners. Good corporate governance includes mechanisms to reduce and manage risks, clearly show accountability and transparency and support best practice governance through appropriate policies and procedures.
South Coast NRM will prepare an investment plan to guide how the Southern Prospects 2011-2016 strategy is implemented at project and activity level. The preparation of a draft monitoring, evaluation and improvement plan will ensure there are procedures illustrating how projects have performed and allow for meaningful evaluation and education.
Due to limited timeframes or projects' seasonal requirements, the timing of grant deadlines has caused some concern in the past. Investment planning and the timely channelling of funds will help to alleviate these issues.
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