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Caring for our Country review discussion paper


 The Caring for our Country review discussion paper is now available:

This discussion paper is designed to help inform a review of the government’s major natural resource management initiative, Caring for our Country.

Under Caring for our Country, the government is investing $2 billion over five years. The long term objective of the initiative is to achieve an environment that is healthy, better protected, well-managed, resilient, and provides essential ecosystem services in a changing climate.

As of 30 November 2010, over $1.7 billion has been committed to support new projects involving farmers, Indigenous groups, regional natural resource management organisations, Landcare and other volunteer environmental groups across Australia. Significant achievements so far include Reef Rescue, which is improving the quality of water runoff into the reef, the establishment of a national network of regional Landcare facilitators, progress in combating the impacts of cane toads and camels, and the expansion of the Indigenous Protected Area network, including the employment of hundreds of new Indigenous rangers.

The initiative is heading towards the final two years of its current funding cycle and the Australian Government is reviewing its efficiency, effectiveness and appropriateness. We are seeking your views about Caring for our Country; whether it has met its objective and what issues we may need to consider in developing future options for natural resource management programs. 

This discussion paper highlights some common topics raised by stakeholders to date, or that we have identified from our experience with the initiative. It is not intended to include a definitive or finalised list of issues or themes. It is a starting point to help you get involved and provide us with your input.

The discussion paper will not be your only opportunity to comment on Caring for our Country. Other opportunities include key stakeholder meetings and an open invitation to provide feedback through the review email address ( or the Caring for our Country Review information line at 1800 003 562 (toll-free).

The release of the Guide to the proposed Basin Plan represents a significant step towards the historic adoption of the first Basin Plan in 2011.

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Introduction — the purpose of the Guide

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (the Authority) is preparing the Guide to the proposed Basin Plan to present proposals to the community for discussion. These proposals are about the key decisions the Authority is required to make under the Water Act 2007 (Cwlth), in particular the new limits on water that can be taken from the Basin, known as long-term average sustainable diversion limits (SDLs), which will apply to both surface water and  groundwater. The proposed Basin Plan (a legislative instrument) will be released later this year or early next year. This document sets out proposals on the main issues in the plan.
The Authority is endorsing the issuing of the overview, noting that it represents a set of proposals based on the information provided to the Authority by its staff, state and federal governments, stakeholders, consultants and others. A technical background to the Guide (volume 2) provides greater scientific detail, with 19 regional guides dealing with the specifics of each region and the proposals as they affect each region. Volume 2 and the regional  guides are being approved for release by the chief executive. The Authority is interested in the views of the community and stakeholders on the proposals in the Guide and on the quality of data and evidence used and the analysis that has been undertaken. The Authority will consider any feedback in finalising the Basin Plan.

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Regional Plan
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South West NRM Catchment
Nebine Mungallala Wallam
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Waterways management documents
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National NRM Governance paper

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© Australian Regional NRM Chairs
This paper was drafted by Sarah Ryan, Kathleen Broderick, Yvonne Sneddon and
Kate Andrews on behalf of the Australian Regional NRM Chairs.
The paper was informed by interviews with a range of NRM practitioners, policy
makers and academics across Australia. We thank Nick Abel, Tony Bartlett,
Sue Briggs, Allan Dale, Peter Davey, Steve Dovers, Drew English, Rod Griffith,
Kevin Love, Graham Marshall, Mick Murphy, David Pannell, Denis Saunders,
David Shorthouse, Brian Walker and John Williams for their contributions. A
summary of their input is at Appendix 1.

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Institute and Organisations
National planning and policy
Regional Planning
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