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Natural Environment

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Natural Environment


Natural resource management (NRM) refers to the protection and improvement of environmental assets such as soils, water, vegetation, and biodiversity. Australia’s environment and natural resources are central to our national identity and our economy. Australia derives a significant proportion of the nation’s wealth from its environmental assets, including agriculture and marine culture, mining, and tourism. Australia’s natural resources are under increasing pressure, including from climate change, water scarcity, pollution, land management practices, feral animals, and weeds. (http://www.nrm.gov.au/news-and-resources/resources/natural-resource-management).

In the Great South Coast, agriculture and marine culture are major sources of employment. Ensuring that the natural environment continues to provide a source of both income/employment as well as enjoyment into the future, the principles of sustainability, flexibility, equity, and accessibility will each need to be considered.

Current Influences and key principles

Climate, urbanisation, disasters, the economy, and government policy each have a direct impact on the natural environment. Local population size, land use, and culture also impact the natural environment and its preservation.

Victorian’s Perceptions of climate change – Great South Coast Regional Report

Policies Affecting Open Spaces, Land Use & Marine Environment

National Landcare Program, Phase Two (Regional Land Partnerships) Regional Land Partnerships | National Landcare Program (nrm.gov.au)

Centre for Policy Development – Roundtable on Climate Recovery

Barwon South West Regional Climate Adaption Stratgey and the South West Climate Change Portal

Land use planning is overseen by the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure which administers the Planning & Environment Act 1987, however local governments set the overall direction for development of communities within their respective municipalities through the application of planning controls such as council plans, financial plans, municipal strategic statements, and other strategic plans. Setting the vision, and then ensuring that it is achieved through the application of planning schemes, is one of the most important roles of local government. Local Government administers the town planning legislation and is the first point of contact for any person, company or authority that seeks to develop or change the use of land.

Victorian Government commitment to target net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

DELWP and Barwon Water have developed a Renewable Energy Roadmap for BSW Region


Critical Indicators

Households Recyclables (kg)

Supplemental Indicators

  • Protected Areas Total, National Parks, Other – ABS Data by Region 2016-2018
  • Public open space: sq Km public open space per person
  • Average distance to closest public open space
  • Percentage of dwellings within 400 m or less of public open space
  • Average distance to closest public open space larger than 1.5 hectares
  • Percentage of dwellings within 400 m of public open space larger than 1.5 hectares
  • Percentage of dwellings within 400 m or less distance of any local park (> 0.4 to. <= 1 ha)
  • Percentage of dwellings within 800 m of less distance of any neighbourhood park (>1 ha to <= 5 ha)
  • Percentage of dwellings within 400 m of less distance of a neighbourhood recreation park (> 0.5 ha)
  • Average distance to closest public open space with a nearby public toilet (within 100 m)

Potential Supporting Agencies and Partners

  • Local governments
  • Landcare
  • RMIT Melbourne via Australian Urban Observatory

Current Known Initiatives

Proposed Area(s) of Focus

  • Aboriginal Priorities and Language
  • Celebrating Culture & Environment – Destinations, Business & Belonging
  • Innovation – In Natural Resources, Power & Land Use
  • Other

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