Hesroc-NQ.org.au - Health & Environment Regional Organisation of Councils.

About: Local Government Involvement in the Burdekin Dry Tropics
Accredited Regional Natural Resource Management Plan Project

The proposal to facilitate local government input to the accredited regional natural resource management plan, endorsed by Health and Environmental Services Regional Organisation of Councils - North Queensland (HESROC) at its 3 December 2003 meeting, was presented to the Burdekin Dry Tropics Board at their meeting on 4 February 2004. The outcome was a commitment by the Board to support the project in conjunction with HESROC.



Some relevant aspects of the project area:


  • HESROC is coordinating the project on behalf of local government in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region. The project is not exclusive to HESROC Councils.

  • The immediate aim is to facilitate local government input to the accredited regional NRM plan for the entire Burdekin Dry Tropics region.

  • The project is part of a broader initiative to effectively engage all local government in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region in natural resource management (NRM).

  • The Burdekin Dry Tropics Regional Local Government Network (NRM) will be formed as part of the broader initiative. This will be an independent network involving all Councils.

  • An experienced NRM consultant (John Gunn - Earth Environmental) has been appointed to carry out the initial work and provide ongoing strategic support.

  • A local government regional NRM support Project Officer will be employed to assist local government with NRM involvement across the entire Burdekin Dry Tropics region.

  • A Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) Regional Competitive Funding application will be submitted for an ongoing local government regional NRM support Project Officer position.

  • The project is designed to compliment and assist the sub regional NRM groups with local government involvement and input to the accredited regional NRM planning process


Tasks involved with the project include:
  • Consultation and liaison with the Burdekin Dry Tropics Board (BDTB) and sub regional NRM groups;

    • BBIFMAC - Burdekin Bowen Integrated Floodplain Management Committee BRIG - Burdekin Rangelands Implementation Group
    • NaREF - Natural Resources and Environmental Forum for the Townsville and Thuringowa Coastal Plains
    • BSIG - Belyando Suttor Implementation Group.
  • Development of a Communication and Consultation Strategy to guide the project.

  • Preparation of 'local government friendly' summary documents on the regional NRM planning process.

  • Assisting local government to understand the accredited regional NRM planning process.

  • Assisting local government input to the accredited plan.

  • Assisting local government with reviews of draft plan outputs.

  • Coordinating a regional local government response to draft plan outputs.

  • Coordinating a regional local government perspective for the accredited regional NRM plan.


Project Updates:

Hesroc-NQ.org.au

• Townsville
• Burdekin
• Dalrymple
• Charters Towers
• Hinchinbrook, and
• Thuringowa
     Councils

with:
• Belyando
• Bowen
• Jericho
• Mirani, and
• Nebo Councils


Townsville State Of Environment Report