New NRM Plan for the Burnett Mary Officially Released
Dec 08, 2015
The Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) has revised the Burnett Mary’s plan for managing natural resources. After a public consultation period lasting from August until October, the plan is now final.
The revised plan is entirely online and concentrates on delivering support to the region’s landholders and natural resource management groups as they strive to improve on-farm management practices, the integrity of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and the quality of water discharged from the region’s watercourses.
The process of revising the plan began in mid 2013 and started with a review of previous regional plans. Since then scientists, regional experts, landholders and motivated residents have assisted in the review and development of new material. A draft plan was released for public consultation in August. Feedback from that consultation was used to refine the draft plan.
A comprehensive consideration of how best to address the projected impacts of changes in climate underpins the plan, along with updated scientific background studies and revised targets for measuring the effectiveness of on-ground works for protecting the region’s “assets”. The six regional assets identified in the plan are – Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, Air & Climate, Coastal & Marine, Freshwater, Land & Soils and Plants & Animals.
The region’s landholders, local governments and all community and environmental groups are encouraged to use the plan to provide a single focus for concentrating their efforts, lobbying for funds to address priorities and monitoring project outcomes.
In 2016 BMRG will be inviting its natural resource management partners from across the region to share their experiences and be part of the plan’s implementation.
The plan and its supporting maps, background reports, implementation framework and links to regional climate projections can be accessed here
BMRG thanks the Australian Government for its support to undertake the plan review project.