Mid North locals encouraged to take part

The Mid North community is being invited to have their say on the Regional Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Plan.

The draft for the Regional NRM Plan is set to be released by the Northern and Yorke NRM Board on September 4 and will include the 2018-28 Strategic Plan and 2018-21 Business Plan.

The community consultation period will be open for two months, which will allow the public to have their say on the contents of the draft ahead of the release of the final copy.

A series of open information sessions and drop in events will be held throughout the consultation period, while those that wish to have their say but are unable to attend any of the scheduled events can use the online YourSAy portal to ensure their voice will be heard.

Northern and Yorke NRM Board presiding member Eric Sommerville said the Business Plan was based on the contents of the Strategic Plan.

“The Strategic Plan has been reviewed for the first time in 10 years, taking into consideration the opportunities and challenges faced by our region,” Mr Sommerville said.

“The board’s Business Plan has been built from the ground up based on the Strategic Plan, to ensure that we are delivering what the community has asked for.” 

Mr Sommerville said it was important that locals had their say to ensure the community’s wishes were heard.

“Our community is at the centre of natural resources management and we are keen to hear from local people throughout this process so we can share the issues and reach solutions,” Mr Sommerville said.

“I encourage you to come along and comment on the plans, ask questions and provide input – vibrant communities, prosperous enterprises and strong regions all rely on natural resources so it is in all of our best interests to manage them effectively.”

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke regional director Trevor Naismith also encouraged locals to take part in the sessions.

“Although the draft Regional NRM Plan has been developed with local knowledge, we are still seeking feedback from the community to ensure that we are on the right track,” Mr Naismith said.

“Whether you are a resident, primary producer, tourism operator, volunteer, work with an NGO, industry or local government, our livelihoods depend on natural resources so it’s vital that the Plan reflects the values of the people who live and work in the Northern and Yorke region.”

This will be the first time that the Northern and Yorke area’s Strategic Plan has been reviewed in 10 years.

Dates and venues for the upcoming community consultation sessions will be announced over the coming weeks.