The State Natural Resource Management Office (State NRM Office) was established by Cabinet in 2003. The Office works with the Western Australian and Australian Government to facilitate the coordinated delivery of natural resource management in Western Australia.
The State NRM Office reports directly to the WA NRM Ministerial Council.
Key roles for the Office are:
- Coordinating and supporting the delivery of Western Australian and Australian Government funding for natural resource management activities in Western Australia
- Supporting natural resource management planning and policy development in Western Australia
- Establishing and maintaining partnerships with key natural resource management stakeholders
- Managing specialist natural resource management projects and initiatives
The State NRM Office also advocates natural resource management activity and engages resource managers on key natural resource management issues.
State NRM Program Annual Reports
See how funds have been spent through the State NRM Program to support Natural Resource Management in Western Australia.
Funding management and delivery
The State NRM Office is responsible for coordinating and supporting the delivery of Western Australian and Australian Government natural resource management funding initiatives in Western Australia.
Australian Government initiatives managed by the Office are the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality (NAP), Natural Heritage Trust extension (NHT2), National Landcare Program (NLP) and Caring for our Country (CfoC). All initiatives, except CfoC, have ceased and are in the process of being wound-up.
The State NRM Office is also responsible for managing the State Natural Resource Management Program (State NRM Program). In 2009/10 the State NRM Program contributed $29.3 million towards natural resource management activities in Western Australia, funding 51 community projects, 36 strategic projects and supporting the State's six regional natural resource management groups. An additional $35 million was approved in the May 2010 State budget for funding between 2010/11 and 2013/14.
Planning and policy development
The State NRM Office provides independent advice on matters relating to planning and policy development to the WA NRM Ministerial Council. The Office is able to provide this advice from a whole of government viewpoint through its own personnel and through independent advisory bodies appointed by the Ministerial Council.
The State NRM Office provides executive support to the WA NRM Ministerial Council and any independent advisory bodies appointed by the Council.
The Office also provides executive support to the Council of Natural Resource Agency Chief Executives (CONRACE), the Director-Generals of Western Australian Government departments with natural resource management interests.
Establishing and maintaining partnerships
The State NRM Office is generally the first point of contact for natural resource management in Western Australia and is the primary source of information for the State NRM Program.
The Office plays a pivotal role in developing and maintaining relationships with community-based natural resource management groups, industry and volunteer networks, NGOs, indigenous groups, local and Australian Governments and Western Australian Government departments. The Office also acts as an advocate for Government programs and policy with these groups.
Specialist projects and initiatives
The State NRM Office is charged, from time to time, with the responsibility for managing cross-government priority natural resource management projects and initiatives approved by the WA NRM Ministerial Council. Current examples of this include the Indigenous natural resource management coordination project totalling $200,000 and the implementation of the Natural Resource Management and Salinity Reviews totalling $100,000.
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