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Objectives and Approach

Welcome to the Rangelands NRM Regional Plan

The Regional Plan reflects a landscape-scale, coordinated approach with a focus on Priority Areas that have been identified by the number of significant environmental assets as well as the level of interest and activity in the area. In this way we can link local passion and effort with an overarching strategic approach to managing key strategic environmental assets. We note that many of the environmental assets identified by the Rangelands community strongly align with the Australian Government’s outcomes including World Heritage sites, Ramsar wetlands, threatened species, threatened ecological communities, regenerative pastoralism, climate change and soil health and carbon sequestration.

The Regional Plan was first developed using the asset-based INFFER™ process incorporating analysis of social, economic and environmental factors. To strategically guide future investments, Rangelands NRM identifies a number of priority areas at the subregional level (Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Murchison, Goldfields-Nullarbor and the Desert). The Regional Plan provides a baseline on which to focus future opportunities, Rangelands NRM is acknowledging the political landscape, a dynamic environment with climatic extremes and our diverse population base.

The implementation of the plan is interactive and responsive–stakeholders, project partners and community members across the region have had and can continue to have input into the content and co-design of projects within Priority Areas; in this way, we can be confident that the work we are doing and supporting always stays relevant and meaningful to the people of the rangelands.

To find out more about how to contribute to the plan, visit the Updating the Plan page or contact your Rangelands NRM staff member.

There are three main objectives of this plan, and the processes used to develop it. They are:

  • To provide clear direction to Rangelands NRM regarding investment in managing our most highly valued natural assets, so that these can be well managed, both for our own benefit and the benefit of future generations
  • To identify specific, well-considered investment opportunities that have a high likelihood of success
  • To create a plan that is easy to update as new information becomes available

Asset & threat-based layer

This plan uses an ‘asset & threat-based’ approach, meaning that this layer of the plan focuses on specific places in the landscape – places that physically exist and can be pinpointed on a map, such as a wetland, an island, a vegetation community or an animal (or its habitat).

Community development layer

To strategically guide future investments, Rangelands NRM has identified a number of Priority Areas at the subregional level (Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Murchison, Goldfields-Nullarbor and the Desert) to ensure a proactive approach to achieving outcomes which are both realistic and focused. By providing a baseline on which to focus future opportunities, Rangelands NRM is acknowledging the political landscape, a dynamic environment with climatic extremes and our diverse population base.  Priority areas as identified are not in response to any particular funding program, rather they reflect what is needed in the region to conserve special environmental areas, nurture enthusiasm and involvement and address threats affecting environmental assets.

It is recognised that not all of the funds available to Rangelands NRM for projects will be spent on specific environmental assets; some will be spent on building the skillset of our land managers or on catchment-wide projects, for example. This plan will help to guide the allocation of funds when investment in specific assets is intended.

How to navigate and use this plan

Use the menus at the top of each page to navigate the plan, like you would any other website. Roll the mouse over each of the headings to see the submenus available for each section. To search for something specific, type keywords directly into the search field above. The ‘Purpose’ menu contains all the information relevant to the development of this plan. Pages under the ‘Our Region’ menu contain descriptive information about the Western Australian rangelands. Pages under the subregional tabs of Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Murchison, Goldfields-Nullarbor and Desert contain descriptive information as well as the results of the planning process relevant to that subregion.

To learn more about how we apply the plan, visit the ‘Implementing the Plan‘ page.

Our previous Regional Strategy, which sits under the Strategic Plan, was developed in 2004-2005. Much change has occurred since then; at a national scale, the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country program has replaced the Natural Heritage Trust, leading to changes in federal priorities and the availability of funding, and at a regional scale, there has been a substantial expansion in the mining industry, leading to the development of new infrastructure and new demands on our natural resources.

This new Regional Plan is an update of the 2004-2005 strategy, containing many of the same areas of focus and building on past effort and knowledge.