We are pleased to have the Department of Natural Resources, Mining and Energy (DNRME) provide funding for us to work on building stable and resilient landscapes and work towards achieving sustainable use and management of water in our region.
We are extremely appreciative to the Department for their support and look forward to delivering the program over the next year and a half, with the potential to extend this work over four years.
Currently, we are in the final stages of negotiating a contract with the Australian Government through the National Landcare Program. We are looking forward to updating our status in this space soon.
When our funding position becomes clearer in the near future, the next step is to deliver projects throughout the region, and we’d like everyone in the region to be involved.
Southern Queensland NRM will seek funding to deliver community driven projects. We are committed to outstanding governance and delivery through connection with our grassroots NRM community. Our connections will be developed through current and new networks and through relationships with our stakeholders including, but not limited to, local Landcare groups, Traditional Owners, local government, producer groups, NRM advocacy groups, Queensland and Australian government funders, philanthropists and corporate funders.
SQ NRM is proactively seeking funding on a competitive and meritorious basis, in an ongoing manner. We are working with the three existing NRM organisations in the region and will transfer resources including cash and other assets in the near future.
Project continuity for land managers
Land managers should continue to maintain their current NRM relationships. The new State and Australian Government funding programs have created a period of great change for NRM organisations and staff. We are hoping to maintain as much local knowledge and connections as possible and this includes staff already operating in the region. The creation of the new organisation and employing staff and developing contracts is a complex process and may take some time.
SQ NRM will become custodian of these plans on behalf of the people and communities of the region. They will continue to be used to inform funding proposals, strategic, business, communications and engagement plans and the general direction of the company.
The location of our offices will be decided by the Board and CEO in coming months. SQ NRM expect to have bases throughout the region. SQ NRM is tendering for funding from the Australian Government National Landcare Program 2, for the three Southern Queensland Management Units (formerly NRM Regions) and it is a requirement of the tender that the company has a presence in all three areas.