All three levels of government (local, state and federal) play a critical role in the management of natural resources at the regional level.
Local government are the closest level of government to the community and have a key role in identifying and addressing local natural resource management issues and engaging the community. Local government delivers natural resource management priorities through the management of land uses, zoning, development approvals, and of lands vested in it. They are also responsible for the wise use of natural resources through the conduct of municipal activities and the provision of infrastructure. Many local governments also provide support for friends groups and community planting events.
The role of the state government is to provide leadership on natural resource matters at a State level. It is responsible for the development and implementation of plans, policies and legislation for the sustainable use of the State’s natural resources. State Government is also responsible for monitoring and evaluation of these plans, policies and legislation, including ongoing resource condition monitoring. State Government are partners in the Strategy, and deliver important natural resource management programs that support the protection and management of key natural assets in the Region.
The Australian Government provides leadership on natural resource management matters at a National level. They ensure the protection of areas of national significance, administer national environment legislation and allocate funding through major initiatives such as the National Landcare Programme.