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Successes, opportunities and challenges in delivering integrated NRM in the Queensland Murray Darling Basin.

Queensland Murray Darling Committee (QMDC)


The QMDC is an independent and incorporated association. It relies on strong partnerships with other organisations and the commitment of individuals who sit on the Committee. The Committee were central to the development of the NRM Plan, which covers the catchments of Border Rivers, Maranoa-Balonne, Nebine-Mungallala, Warrego, Paroo, and Bulloo. The Committee is key to the successful delivery of regional NRM outcomes.

The region is highly productive economically and has seen considerable development, resulting in changed hydrological and ecological conditions. Despite some negative impacts, the region retains many of its natural environmental values. During the development of the NRM Plan, the regional community identified nine key regional issues, which provide the focus for action and investment.

QMDC has three main centres in strategic locations throughout the region, which serve as the hubs of technical and coordination support for NRM activities throughout the region. An existing network of Landcare and Catchment Coordinators is also integral to ensuring the delivery of on-ground actions.

Implementation activities largely occur through on-ground projects delivered through established and new sub-catchment planning groups, and the complementary actions of major partners who have developed plans that are consistent with the NRM Plan. The QMDC/Landcare network are working with 56 sub-catchment groups, involving over 600 properties, and covering an area of more than 2.4 million hectares (27% of Maranoa-Balonne and Border Rivers catchments). Other activities include Environmental Management Systems and targeted strategic works.

On a broader scale, a number of government, local government, non-government and community organisations are important delivery agents for planning, implementation, coordination, research, monitoring and investment activities.

While there are many successes to be celebrated, there are still opportunities to improve collaboration as well as significant challenges to be overcome if truly integrated NRM is to be achieved.

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