Information collection and dissemination

The Commission has a specific function to gather and disseminate information on natural resource management (NRM) issues.

The Commission:

  • organised a roundtable with leaders in NRM, industry, agriculture, community groups and academia
  • commissioned research aimed to inform debate over regional NRM.

NRM Roundtable

In 2003, the NSW Government implemented major reforms to NRM in NSW. Since then, significant progress has been made in promoting regional decision-making, delivering on-ground outcomes and improving accountability for NRM investment.

On 7 June 2013, the Commission held a NRM Roundtable with leaders in catchment management, industry, agriculture, community groups and academia. The purpose of the Roundtable was to reflect on progress achieved by regional NRM since 2003 and explore lessons learned that could inform future governance and investment in NRM through Local Land Services.

The Roundtable participants shared their views on the achievements and lessons learned, as well as the opportunities and challenges related to:

  • governance and leadership
  • stakeholder engagement
  • strategic planning
  • integrating NRM with farm-scale economics
  • service delivery
  • developing knowledge and evaluating outcomes.

The Commission is grateful to the Roundtable participants for their valued contribution to ongoing quality practice in NRM in NSW.

Research on NRM models and frameworks

In 2009, the Commission engaged Rod Griffith and Associates to assist in a review of alternative NRM models.

This research aimed to inform debate over improvements to regional NRM governance in the context of the former Catchment Management Authorities Act 2003.