The SA MDB NRM Board seeks to work closely with Local Government to develop and shape relevant NRM policy, processes and projects within the region.
With respect to the board and its relationship to Local Government, the key messages are:
- Local Government is a valued partner, without which the board’s objectives and targets could not be met;
- Natural Resources SA MDB staff are available to assist local governments with the scoping of project proposals, the preparation of funding applications and support the implementation of water quality improvement and water conservation projects;
- The board seeks to work in partnership with Councils to achieve improvements in Development Plan policy development, interpretation and implementation to protect and enhance natural resources; and
- The board is committed to building the capacity of Councils to effectively manage the natural resources of their respective communities.
The SA MDB NRM Board’s Local Government NRM Engagement and Communication Plan provides the framework for the board and Natural Resources SA MDB staff to engage with and enhance partnerships and projects with the constituent council elected membership and staff, and regional Local Government Associations (LGAs). It is divided into four core sections:
- Section 1 Context
- Section 2 Local Government and NRM
- Section 3 Proposed tools and processes
- Section 4 Proposed Action Plan
Throughout the document, three key approaches are proposed to strengthen the working relationship between Local Government, LGAs and the board:
- Consultation and Involvement in development and delivery of the Engagement and Communication Plan;
- Establishment of Local Government NRM Advisory Groups; and
- Promotion of board support and services.
Key Local Government NRM issues
The key Local Government issues identified by the board are grouped into five themes that are explored in more detail in section 2.4 of the Engagement and Communication Plan (refer to link above):
- Establishing a flow of strategic NRM information across councils within the SA MDB region;
- Increasing the prominence of NRM projects as a priority for Councils;
- Increasing awareness of NRM support services and funding opportunities available through the board;
- Preparing project concepts, budgets, and funding submissions that have a strong NRM focus; and
- Protecting the region’s natural resources.
Urban and Regional Planning
Planning Institute Australia
Sustainability is a key issue for planners in both State and Local Government with most organisations having sustainability goals, targets and performance indicators. This seminar will focus on the role of planners in incorporating sustainability through planning policy and development assessment.
The seminar will be valuable for policy planners and DA planners alike as it will demonstrate what can be done at the local and site level to improve sustainability in development.
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