Blueprint for regional jobs

In the lead up to the State election, Queensland’s leading natural resource management body is urging all political parties to endorse its blueprint for securing rural and regional jobs and the viability of communities.

As the State’s rural industries continue to reel under the weight of soil loss, declining water quality, exotic pests and extreme weather events, rural jobs are evaporating and communities are withering.

Natural Resource Management Regions Queensland (NRMRQ) Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Drysdale, said the considerable expertise of NRMRQ and its 14 member groups has been brought to bear to develop a simple, five step plan to arrest the decline, strengthen rural and regional jobs, and ensure our communities are secure.

“Our member groups have more than 200 years of combined experience in what makes our regional communities tick; we know when we have a healthy, well managed landscape, we have productive rural industries that generate jobs and support our towns,” he said.

“Whoever forms government after the election, our Enhancing Living Landscapes, Delivering Local Livelihoods document is a blueprint for action.”

In relation to natural resource management in Queensland, Enhancing Living Landscapes, Delivering Local Livelihoods advocates:

  • a detailed set of guiding principles;
  • a five-year action plan targeting priority threats to viability and sustainability;
  • a State-wide NRM Council to ensure efforts are coordinated, effective, and focussed;
  • funding that recognises the ones who make a difference on the ground (landholders, communities, local NRM groups); and
  • increasing the ability of these key groups to deliver change.

When calling on the State’s political parties to endorse these five key components of the Enhancing Living Landscapes, Delivering Local Livelihoods document, Mr Drysdale said that while great progress has been made in managing Queensland’s natural assets, significant challenges remained and more work was needed.

“Every Queenslander and every community in Queensland benefits from a healthy landscape; there’s an economic and social dividend when we achieve an environmental dividend.”

Safety Net Unveiled

Around 70 Traditional Owners, cattle producers and other supporters gathered in Chillagoe recently for the launch of Living Landscapes; Local Livelihoods, a blueprint for Queensland’s future agricultural productivity and environmental health.

According to NRM Regions Queensland Chair, Stephen Robertson, Living Landscapes; Local Livelihoods is our road map to a future where healthy ecosystems and water resources are harnessed by engaged communities for sustainable production.

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Flood Recovery Support Offered

In the wake of ongoing floods down the east coast, rural and urban fringe landholders are being urged to make use of all the resources, support and expertise available to them in coping and recovering from Nature’s lashing.

Mr Andrew Drysdale, CEO of the Regional Groups Collective, said his member bodies stand prepared, after emergency services and local government, to assist rural landholders with flood recovery.

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Queensland’s regions represented at first Australian threatened species summit

Queensland’s regions have praised the Australian Government’s commitment to threatened species, in the wake of the nation’s first summit focused on the issue.

Bandicoots, bettongs, numbats and malas, the regent honeyeater, orange-bellied parrots and bilbies are amongst 20 mammals and birds the Australian Government has committed to acting on protecting within five years.

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TSRA Land and Sea Unit scoops the pool at National Environment Awards

Media Release 10 October 2013

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Land and Sea Management Unit (LSMU) has won two of Australia’s most prestigious environmental awards including an award for an outstanding contribution to national sustainability.

The TSRA Environment Portfolio Member, Mr Willie Lui, was presented with the Banksia Indigenous Award and a Gold Banksia Award in Melbourne on Wednesday 9 October. Continue Reading…

BMRG Flood Recovery Program Rolling On

An $8 million On Farm Productivity and Riparian Flood Recovery Program being rolled out over the next two years via BMRG is well under way.

Jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian government, this program is helping primary producers to restore productivity and address major damage to waterways and floodplains following flooding in late January 2013 caused by Ex-Tropical cyclone Oswald.

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Forum Brings Scientists and Land Managers Together to Rescue the Reef

Media Release
14 October 2013

Scientists and land managers from across Queensland are gathering in Bargara this week for a forum hosted by the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) and the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre. The forum will lay the ground work for delivery of the Australian government’s Reef Rescue 2 program which will build on the work of the last five years of Reef Rescue in improving the water quality of the Great Barrier Reef catchment.

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Regional Groups Collective supports 24th annual Landcare Conference

The Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective, representing Queensland’s regional natural resource management bodies, has been confirmed as a sponsor of this year’s Queensland Landcare Conference.

The event takes place 27 – 29 September in Warwick and the RGC is sponsoring the event alongside its members, Condamine Alliance, Queensland Murray-Darling Committee, SEQ Catchments and Fitzroy Basin Association.   Continue Reading…

Working in Harmony on Flood Cleanup

Media Release

The Harmony V was a 50 foot Ferro Ketch and one of many boats left forsaken along the banks of the Burnett River and our coastal shores following the January floods.

Its owner, Roger Hartwell, was aboard his vessel in the floods when it was hit by another vessel, broke its mooring and was swept down the Burnett River, continuously being battered by debris and other vessels.

Mr Hartwell‘s ordeal lasted 36 hours before he was air-lifted from his boat with his small dog,  her new-born litter of four and a few possessions.

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More than 1.2 million hectares declared Indigenous Protected in North QLD

NQ Dry Tropics is joining Traditional Owners to celebrate the declaration of more than 1.2 million hectares between Mission Beach and Ingham under the Girringun Region Indigenous Protected Areas (GRIPA) Management Plan.

The declaration is the culmination of years of hard work by the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation and will guide Traditional Owners to look after the region’s natural resources and cultural heritage.

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