Land Reference Group
Our region covers approximately 8.6 million ha, much of which is classified agricultural. Healthy soils support the region’s biodiversity and its primary industries, including agriculture and forestry and contribute to sustainable waterways and marine environments by avoiding erosion, nutrient export and sedimentation.
Primary production contributes strongly to the region’s economy and social fabric but faces significant threats if major efforts are not made to develop and manage more sustainable farming systems. Without effective management, soil and water will suffer accelerated decline, which in turn will have huge flow on economic, environmental and social consequences.
What is the Land Reference Group?
The Land Reference Group (LRG) is a skills based group that oversees sustainable agriculture investment in the south coast region. The group’s aspiration is to improve and protect land resources through sustainable land use matched to land capability.
The committee membership consists of farmers, agribusiness, industry representatives and government agency representatives from around the region from Denmark in the west to Esperance in the East. Membership is by invitation based on the skills and knowledge required by the group.
Specifically, the LRG -
- provides technical advice and guidance to South Coast NRM relating to sustainable agriculture and provides strategic direction for the Land theme component of the Regional Strategy for NRM “Southern Prospects 2011 – 2016”;
- assists with the development and review of Land theme related projects including onground works, research and demonstrations;
- reflect the agricultural community’s needs relating to NRM and the Land theme by having community representation on the group and making best use of their agricultural networks;
- fosters partnerships with industry; and
- strengthens links to local landholder groups to ensure their priorities in NRM are addressed.
The Land Reference Group has a reputation for being pragmatic, efficient and proactive within South Coast NRM.
Visit the Land Theme's website Climate Action Farming for maps, fact sheets and other land related resources. Go to http://climateactionfarming.com.au
David Broadhurst - Land Program Leader