As more regional resource planning devolves to community groups,
two CRC projects have looked at ways of assisting land managers to
implement sound management processes.
In collaboration with Queensland's Regional Natural Resource
Management (NRM) Taskforces’ Regional Arrangements Planning
Team, the CRC projects looked at regional planning integration and
taking a snapshot of pre-NAP regional plans.
The first project centred around evaluating regional plans in
the tropical savannas asking the key question of how technically
sound the existing set of voluntary and government plans are in the
Region. The second project looked at improving regional planning
integration in savanna regions. Involved in the project teams
were Bruce Taylor and Allan Dale from Department of Natural
Resources and Mines (Bruce Taylor is now with CSIRO) and Geoff
McDonald at CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems (see "Integrated Planning"
A third guideline was also developed aimed at helping planners
and plan reviewers. The booklet Evaluating regional plans in
tropical savanna regions provides a framework for reviewing and
improving the technical content of regional plans based on
landscape and social sustainability issues in northern
“The highlight for me has been seeing the research and
development directly inform and influence the planning processes as
they evolve in the regions,” Bruce said.
It is intended that the approach used for the two projects will
contribute to the regional planning component of the State’s
monitoring and evaluation framework aimed at tracking and improving
the health of regional planning arrangements.
Available on this page (download at right):
Evaluating regional plans
Benchmarking Regional Planning: Arrangements for Natural
Resource Management Planning 2004-05 Geoff McDonald, Bruce
Taylor, Jenny Bellamy, Cathy Robinson, Michelle Walker ,Tim Smith,
Suzanne Hoverman, Clive McAlpine, Ann Peterson, Steven Dawson
(2005) Regional policy frameworks are now widely promoted in
Australia at the state, territory and federal levels. This report
provides a benchmark of progress in regional planning for natural
resource management in Queensland and the tropical savannas region
of northern Australia during 2004. A 71 page full report and a 16
page stand-alone executive summary are available.
Strategies to improve regional planning arrangements:
Perspectives from the regional NRM groups collective
Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective Workshop, Brisbane,
June 2, 2005, Facilitated by C. Robinson, B. Taylor, M. Walker and
S. Hoverman This is a 14 page summary of perspectives and
experiences offered by members of the Queensland Regional NRM
Groups Collective who participated in a workshop to improve
regional planning arrangements in Queensland.
Findings from a review of regional NRM plans
Edited by Geoff McDonald, Bruce Taylor & Cathy Robinson
(2005) This review of regional NRM plans in north Queensland is
a discrete piece of work that forms part of a broader benchmarking
of regional planning arrangements for natural resource management
(See above). 100 pages.
Criteria and methods for evaluating regional plans in
the tropical savannas - Full report and standalone executive
summary Geoff McDonald, Clive McAlpine, Bruce Taylor, Adele
Vagg (2003) This 123 page report provides a framework for
reviewing and improving the technical content of regional plans
based on landscape and social sustainability issues in northern
Australia. Also available is a 33 page summary for
Experiences and lessons: Regional NRM Planners Workshop
Report Various Authors (2005)
Report on a workshop on regional NRM planning held as part of the
Tropical Savannas CRC Healthy Savanna Planning Systems Project. The
workshop involved key players in regional NRM from Queensland and
the Northern Territory. 21 pages.
- Healthy Savanna Planning Systems: Project Overview
2005-06. Bruce Taylor, CSIRO Tim Smith, CSIRO Cathy
Robinson, CSIRO Jenny Bellamy, University of Queensland Clive
McAlpine, University of Queensland Suzanne Hoverman, CSIRO Sonja
Heyenga, CSIRO This 26 page report provides an overview
of the entire NRM Planning for Healthy Savannas project.
All guidelines can be downloaded free at right in PDF format, or
for hardcopy versions fill out the order form or contact the
project manager, Bruce Taylor, details at right.