|Individual landholders and land managers are the key group impacting on catchment health through their use of resources. They all have a duty of care to ensure that land, water and the associated natural resources are managed in an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable way, to avoid ongoing degradation. These stakeholders hold the key to action and on-ground achievements.|
|Partnerships and networking with the regional community are critical to the achievement of good
outcomes for our land, water, biodiversity, cultural heritage and regional capacity. Significant numbers of active voluntary individual residents, groups and visitors are involved in NRM activities. In addition, there is a range of active voluntary NRM groups in the region.
|Community groups play an active role in on-ground work programs for environmental improvement.
Types of groups include Catchment, Bushcare, Coastcare, Friends of, Cultural, Landcare and Weed Action Groups
Major Subregional Groups
Fitzgerald Biosphere Group Inc (FBG)
The FBG is a not for profit grower and NRM group operating within the Shire of Jerramungup. The group works with farmers, researchers, industry groups and federal and State agencies to address local production issues (e.g. diseases, pests and nutrient limitations) and NRM issues (i.e. salinity and soil acidification) to ensure the long-term sustainability of the agricultural industry and the communities within the region. The group is focused on research, marketing, education and the environment.
Gillamii Centre, Cranbrook
The Gillamii Centre aims to lead and inspire the agricultural community and the community at large to be involved with sustainable land use through training, education and knowledge. They aim to encourage and lead in the efficient use of resources across the community while protecting and enhancing the natural environment.
Noongar Land Enterprises (NLE)
The Noongar Land Enterprises is a grower group that comprises of eight Indigenous land management groups involved in managing agricultural land across the State’s south west. The purpose of NLE is to develop and expand the scope of business enterprises managed on our land which will provide more opportunities for participation of Aboriginal people in these businesses. NLE is developing land based businesses such as Bush Foods, Honey, Tourism, Sandalwood, and Mainstream Agriculture for socioeconomic outcomes.
North Stirlings Pallinup Natural Resources Inc (NSPNR)
The group aims to bring together people, organisations and information, so that communities in the North Stirlings Pallinup sub-region are able to drive the better management of Natural Resources, resulting in social, economic and environmental sustainability. They work to inspire current and future generations through coordination, education and examples of the benefits accruing from sustainable management of the region’s natural resources.
Oyster Harbour Catchment Group Inc (OHCG)
OHCG aims to increase community participation in NRM within the catchment and encourage the incorporation of NRM concerns within planning strategies at all government levels. The catchment group also aims to promote ecologically and economically sustainable farming practices.
Ravensthorpe Agricultural Initiative Network Inc (RAIN)
RAIN is a not-for-profit community group promoting responsible NRM and long-term sustainable agricultural systems in the Ravensthorpe district. RAIN supports the community and other stakeholders in a wide range of NRM activities including the planning and implementation of on-ground activities; coordination of trials, research and education, and providing a forum for NRM issues.
South Coast Management Group (SCMG)
The SCMG is a local government-based regional representative body of coastal planners and managers and the lead body responsible for the development and implementation of Southern Shores, a strategic guide for regional coastal and marine planning and management on the South Coast. The SCMG has strong community representation, as required by its constitution, and has a vision that communities of the region will work in partnership to improve the quality of the coastal and marine environment. SCMG provides a bi-monthly forum for the discussion of issues relating to coastal and marine planning and management and also actively promotes best practice coastal management in the region.
South East Premium Wheat Growers Association (SEPWA)
SEPWA is a non-profit grower group that was started in 1993 and has an active membership of 270 farming entities which represents some of the most progressive growers in the region and makes SEPWA one of the largest grower groups within Western Australia. SEPWA’s role is to improve profitability and sustainability of Esperance Port Zone grain growers through providing research, development and extension activities.
Southern Biosecurity Group
The Southern Biosecurity Group is part of the Ravensthorpe Declared Species Group (RDSG) which was established in 2003. It now operates as a subcommittee of the Ravensthorpe Agriculture Initiative Network (RAIN). The Ravensthorpe Declared Species Group is currently exploring the transition to a Regional Biosecurity Group which may widen the focus from what has primarily been wild dog activities to a broader focus on declared pest management. The Ravensthorpe Declared Species Group is playing a key role in assisting land managers to manage and control high risk plant and animal pests in the shire.
Stirling to Coast Farmers
Stirling to Coast Farmers (SCF) is a local RD&E group for cropping and livestock farmers in the southern Albany Port Zone. The main purpose of the group is to support its members through the delivery of locally relevant high quality research development and extension (RD&E) activities. SCF’s role is to help its members adapt to a changing operating environment with the objective of achieving a more prosperous and sustainable agricultural industry.
Torbay Catchment Group
The Torbay Catchment Group is a community-based volunteer organisation, whose primary focus is on protecting and restoring the health of the lands and waterways within the greater Torbay catchment and supporting a prosperous and sustainable community within the area.
Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee Inc (WICC)
WICC is the peak community based organisation within the Wilson Inlet catchment. WICC is involved in all areas of integrated catchment and Natural resource management, achieving on-ground results with land managers and owners.
South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc (South Coast NRM)
South Coast NRM is the peak regional body that brings people, organisations and information together so that the regional community can drive sustainable management of natural resources with positive social and economic outcomes. It is an incorporated body, managed by a Board. South Coast NRM is responsible for coordinating the development of Southern Prospects and associated Investment Plan, and for subsequent reporting on investment outcomes.
Local Governments have an important influence on NRM through their responsibilities for land use planning, development approvals, and provision of a variety of services, such as road construction and maintenance, waste management, and pest control. Local governments also own and/ or manage large areas of land. Councils with jurisdiction across the South Coast region are Albany, Broomehill – Tambellup, Cranbrook, Denmark, Esperance, Jerramungup, Gnowangerup, Kent, Kojonup, Lake Grace, Manjimup, Plantagenet and Ravensthorpe.
Other Non-Government Organisations (NGOs)
NGOs cover a broad field of activities. NGO’s roles and responsibilities include on-ground actions, policy development and promotion, and representation of particular interest groups. These include the Malleefowl Preservation Group (MPG), Gondwana Link Inc., Green Skills, Greening Australia (WA), Progress Associations, Denmark and Albany Environment Centres and Centre for Sustainable Living (Denmark).
University of WA (UWA) Albany Centre, Edith Cowan University (ECU), Curtin University of Technology (Centre for Regional Education), South Regional TAFE and Esperance Community College are educational institutions operating in the region. They have a vital role in producing graduates with extensive knowledge of natural management issues.
Industry groups have a significant responsibility to develop and promote operating procedures and best practice management in NRM. They are responsible for implementing systems to promote sustainable practices and support regional health initiatives. There are a number of industry groups established at the national, State and regional levels. Examples of industry groups include the Grower Group Alliance, Southern Dirt, Evergreen, Stirlings to Coast, South East Premium Wheat Growers Association, Pastoralists and Graziers Association, Western Australia No-Till Farmers Association, WA Farmers Federation, Oil Mallee Association and private agricultural consultants.
Aboriginal people have a long history in the region and possess intricate knowledge of traditional ecological and sustainable land management practises. Their knowledge needs to be recognised, valued and protected. There are approximately 20 major Aboriginal groups in the region who need to be involved more broadly to ensure preservation of cultural practices, languages and culturally important places. These include the Native Title claimant groups, reference groups, Aboriginal Corporations, Goldfields Land And Sea Council (GLSC), Noongar Land Enterpises (NLE), Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation (ETNTAC) and South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC).
Various State Government departments and agencies are involved in NRM and related activities in the region and commit significant resources to those activities. These departments are listed below.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
DPIRD is brings together the responsibilities for Agriculture and Food, Fisheries and Regions to ensure that Western Australia’s primary industries and regions are vital drivers to the State’s economy and prosperity. The Department has three goals:
- To manage and provide for sustainable use of our natural resources and soils, and to protect Western Australia’s brand and reputation as a reliable producer of premium, clean and safe food, products and services.
- To enable the primary industries sector and regions to increase international competitiveness, and grow in value and social amenity, strengthening these key pillars of the State’s economy.
To support a culture of scientific inquiry, innovation and adaptation across primary industries and regions to boost industry transformation, economic growth and employment.
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA)
DBCA has lead responsibility throughout the State for conserving our rich diversity of native plants, animals and natural ecosystems and many of our unique landscapes for their intrinsic values and for the benefit of present and future generations of the people of WA. On behalf of the Conservation Commission of WA, DBCA manages national parks, nature reserves, conservation parks, State forests and timber reserves. In addition, on behalf of the Marine Parks and Reserves Authority, DBCA manages marine parks and marine nature reserves. DBCA also has some responsibility for weeds, introduced animals and pre-suppression fire activities on unallocated crown land outside of town-sites. DBCA contributes to the conservation of cultural heritage and to national and international programmes including the IUCN (the World Conservation Union) and international conservation treaties. DEC has an important role in tourism and recreation as the conservation estate attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER)
DWER is responsible for the management of water resources to meet the environmental, social and economic needs of the community. Water resources include groundwater, rivers and estuaries. DWER licences abstraction in proclaimed areas, plans and protects public water sources, provides information on water resources and facilitates the management of priority rivers and estuaries.
DWER also regulates industries and activities that can potentially impact upon the environment. Clearing of native vegetation, industry licensing, pollution response and waste management, as well as developing policies and community education programs to reduce impact on the environment are all functions of the agency.
Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH)
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is responsible for planning Western Australia’s communities and managing our land and heritage assets. The department is an amalgamation of the former departments of Planning, Lands, the State Heritage Office and the land and heritage functions of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. The Department is responsible for:
- Managing Aboriginal lands and heritage
- Administering Western Australia’s crown land
- Land use planning in Western Australia
- Managing the State Register of Heritage Places
Forest Products Commission (FPC)
FPC is the WA Government trading enterprise for plantation management and commercial production from renewable timber resources.
Goldfields Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) and Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC)
GEDC’s and GSDC’s role is to encourage, promote, facilitate and monitor the region’s economic development. The organisations’ objectives are to maximise job creation and improve career opportunities, develop and broaden the economic base of the region, identify infrastructure services that promote economic and social development, provide information and advice to promote business development, ensure that regional government services are comparable to the metropolitan areas, and coordinate linkages between relevant statutory bodies and State government agencies.
Main Roads Western Australia (MRWA)
MRWA is responsible for the management of transport related services and infrastructure (e.g. roads). MRWA works in conjunction with Local Government and its local road network in order to create an integrated transport network.
Regional Development Australia – Great Southern (RDAGS) (Australian Government Agency)
The RDA network has been established throughout Australia to provide a strategic framework for economic growth in each region. The key roles of the national network of RDA committees are to advise, consult and undertake community engagement, to contribute to regional planning, to be the first point of contact of Australian Government activities, to promote government programs and to facilitate community development.
The Museum is the State’s premier cultural organisation, housing WA’s scientific and cultural collection. For over 120 years the Museum has been making the State’s natural and social heritage accessible and engaging through research, exhibitions and public programs.
Research organisations play a lead role in undertaking scientific studies relating to the natural resources, sustainable agriculture and climate change relevant to the South Coast region. These include the local Western Australian Universities and other organisations such as the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
Western Australian Universities
Regional organisations involved in research and development (R&D) include the University of Western Australia’s Centre of Excellence for NRM (CENRM) and the other Western Australian universities of Murdoch, Edith Cowan and Curtin. These are important bodies that deliver research and expertise to fill information gaps across the region. Research outcomes and expertise are accessible to a variety of groups.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Since its formation in 1916, CSIRO has been the leading research and innovation centre in Australia. Key research interests include, animals and plants, farming and food production, renewables and energy, environment and mining and manufacturing.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)
The BOM is Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency, providing expert advice through regular forecasts, warnings and long-term monitoring. The Bureau also undertakes research that supports key decision making relating to scientific and environmental issues.