The South Coast NRM Strategic Plan 2023 – 2030 is a bold declaration of commitment to preserving and enhancing the natural and cultural assets of the South Coast region. It is a vision that balances conservation with responsible land use, community engagement, and the long-term health of our environment. The success of our strategic plan hinges on the active involvement of community. We will foster strong partnerships with local communities, Indigenous groups, and stakeholders, recognising that sustainable natural resource management is a collective effort. Through education, awareness, and collaborative projects, we aim to empower our communities to take an active role in protecting our shared environment.
South Coast NRM acknowledges and honours the deep cultural connections that Indigenous communities have with the South Coast region’s lands and waters. Our strategic plan includes a commitment to working in partnership with Indigenous groups, respecting traditional knowledge, and recognising the vital role Indigenous peoples play in natural resource management.
The South Coast NRM Strategic Plan was launched in August 2023 and can be downloaded or viewed below. For optimum viewing on desktop, select “two page view” and “show cover page” in your PDF reader, and for interactive view, click the square in top right corner for full page display.
South Coast NRM’s vision is to create resilient communities by enabling them to improve and maintain a natural, healthy, and productive environment. We are committed to ensuring the region enjoys sustainable resources, unpolluted water and air, healthy soils, and unspoiled coastal and marine environments in an area rich in biodiversity and cultural heritage. As a registered, incorporated body, South Coast NRM releases annual reports to demonstrate operational successes and financial management throughout the year.
The 2022/ 2023 Annual Report highlights our key achievements, actions and financial position and can be downloaded or viewed below. For optimum viewing on desktop, select “two page view” and “show cover page” in your PDF reader, and for interactive view, click the square in top right corner for full page display.
NATURAL CAPITAL PROJECT INFORMATION NOTE
South Coast NRM is developing the first comprehensive regional natural capital account in Western Australia, focused on First Nations cultural values and agricultural industry and community leadership.
The public benefit of this project will be significant as it will remove a key barrier to South Coast regional communities and businesses accessing and securing support from emerging natural capital frameworks and decision-making tools, including private financing opportunities. All project methods and implementation processes developed through this account will be fully transparent, enabling rapid and cost-effective replication across WA.
A blended finance model will be used to fund this project, with public funding sought to develop the regional natural capital account itself along with targeted community engagement. Formulating this account will crowd in private/ impact capital to fund a suite of projects across the region to achieve ecological restoration, sustainable land use and related commercial development outcomes at scale.
After 12 months of consultation and research work across the region, Australia, and globally we are pleased to share this Project Information Note. Please get in touch if you would like to know more or be involved in this transformational project.
indigenous participation plan
Effective regional natural resource management demands leadership and active participation from Indigenous Australians. Colonisation across Australia has not extinguished traditional knowledge and Indigenous communities have shown incredible resilience in adapting. This deep resilience, knowledge, and connection to Country of Indigenous peoples is fundamental in providing a basis from which we can partner to improve the health of the South Coast region’s people, land and waters.
Our Indigenous Participation Plan builds on the commitment outlined in our Strategic Plan, to work in partnership with Indigenous groups, respecting traditional knowledge, and recognising the vital role Indigenous peoples play in natural resource management. Version 1 of the plan was launched in March 2023 and can be downloaded or viewed below. For optimum viewing on desktop, select “two page view” and “show cover page” in your PDF reader, and for interactive view, click the square in top right corner for full page display.
In the ever-evolving landscape of finance generation, the quest for innovative investment concepts that offer opportunities for both growth and stability has never been more critical. In response, South Coast NRM has developed two exciting projects that will foster broad-scale change across the region. These concepts are closely aligned to our Strategic Plan 2023 – 2030. Click on an image to view.
regional drought resilience report
Drought resilience is a key issue for many regional communities throughout Australia. This report summarises the key concerns arising from community consultation carried out for the inland Great Southern Regional Drought Resilience Plan.
The consultation process was carried out between February – May 2022. The Community Consultation Report can be downloaded or viewed below. For optimum viewing on desktop, select “two page view” and “show cover page” in your PDF reader, and for interactive view, click the square in top right corner for full page display.
dieback management animation
Phytophthora dieback is a microscopic pathogen that is easily spread and leads to disease and death in susceptible plants. There is no cure for dieback which causes permanent and irreversible impacts to native ecosystems including reduced biodiversity and biomass along with the loss of habitat for native animals. Dieback spreads through water and soil with humans responsible for moving the disease over vast areas.
In August 2023, South Coast NRM launched a new animated dieback video to increase awareness of Phytophthora dieback and hygiene precautions to audiences across WA. Watch our animation below, and share with your friends, family and networks. Together, we can stop the spread.