[cs_content][cs_section bg_image=”http://plan.northerngulf.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Mangroves-4380-2.jpg” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;border-style: solid;border-width: 1px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_gap size=”50px”][x_custom_headline level=”h5″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false” class=”cs-ta-center mtn” style=”color:#283a3d;”]The Planning Process[/x_custom_headline][x_gap size=”50px”][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_image=”http://plan.northerngulf.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/planprocess-09-09.jpg” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ class=”mtn” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]

  • Kowanyama Engagement
    Kowanyama Engagement
[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_color=”#f9f9e0″ parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;border-style: solid;border-width: 1px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”true” fade_animation=”in-from-top” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ class=”cs-ta-justify” style=”padding: 15px 15px 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center mbn”]In 2013, the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Ltd (NGRMG) received funding from the Australian Government to integrate current climate change science and future scenarios, as well as opportunities for carbon sequestration into our regional planning framework, through a review and update the Regional NRM Plan. The funding has supported a project team within NGRMG to develop a new Regional NRM Plan for the Northern Gulf region, with the final product scheduled to be completed and adopted by February 2016. [/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_image=”http://plan.northerngulf.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/snake-03-03.jpg” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”true” fade_animation=”in-from-top” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ class=”cs-ta-justify” style=”padding: 0px;”][x_columnize]This funding enabled the Northern Gulf community and NGRMG board and staff to engage in a strategic planning exercise around the future of the region’s resource base, the results of which may target NRM investment and provide a decision making framework in the Northern Gulf for a period until 2021. It has also provided an opportunity for NGRMG to re-connect with our stakeholders and regional community.[/x_columnize][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_color=”#f9f9e0″ parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;border-style: solid;border-width: 1px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”true” fade_animation=”in-from-top” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ class=”cs-ta-center” style=”padding: 20px 15px 5px;”][cs_text]The Northern Gulf Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) Plan is a community driven, evidence based, regional “road-map” for:[/cs_text][cs_icon_list][cs_icon_list_item title=”Brokering partnerships, research and investment into priority areas and programs” type=”play-circle-o” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]Brokering partnerships, research and investment into priority areas and programs[/cs_icon_list_item][cs_icon_list_item title=”Directing NRM operations and activities” type=”play-circle-o” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false” class=”mts”]Directing NRM operations and activities[/cs_icon_list_item][cs_icon_list_item title=”Adapting to respond to new and emerging opportunities, risks and priorities” type=”play-circle-o” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false” class=”mts”]Adapting to respond to new and emerging opportunities, risks and priorities[/cs_icon_list_item][/cs_icon_list][cs_text class=”mtl”]…which deliver demonstrable and positive NRM outcomes to the Northern Gulf region.
The role and functions of the NRM Plan are explained here.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_image=”http://plan.northerngulf.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/cigno-04-04.jpg” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: -50px 0px 0px;padding: 45px 0px;border-style: solid;border-width: 1px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”true” fade_animation=”in-from-top” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h5″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false” class=”cs-ta-center mbs”]Process Stages[/x_custom_headline][x_line style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][x_feature_list animation_offset=”50″ animation_delay_initial=”0″ animation_delay_between=”300″][x_feature_box title=”July-December 2013″ title_color=”” text_color=”” graphic=”numbers” graphic_size=”40px” graphic_shape=”circle” graphic_color=”#ffffff” graphic_bg_color=”#f1c40f” align_h=”left” align_v=”top” side_graphic_spacing=”20px” max_width=”none” child=”true” connector_width=”1px” connector_style=”dashed” connector_color=”#272727″ graphic_animation=”jello” connector_animation=”pulse”]Governance arrangements and project planning[/x_feature_box][x_feature_box title=”January-August 2014″ title_color=”” text_color=”” graphic=”numbers” graphic_size=”40px” graphic_shape=”circle” graphic_color=”#ffffff” graphic_bg_color=”#f1c40f” align_h=”left” align_v=”top” side_graphic_spacing=”20px” max_width=”none” child=”true” connector_width=”1px” connector_style=”dashed” connector_color=”#272727″ graphic_animation=”jello” connector_animation=”pulse”]Regional assessments, based on review of over 500 academic citations, strategies, reports and datasets.[/x_feature_box][x_feature_box title=”October-December 2014″ title_color=”” text_color=”” graphic=”numbers” graphic_size=”40px” graphic_shape=”circle” graphic_color=”#ffffff” graphic_bg_color=”#f1c40f” align_h=”left” align_v=”top” side_graphic_spacing=”20px” max_width=”none” child=”true” connector_width=”1px” connector_style=”dashed” connector_color=”#272727″ graphic_animation=”jello” connector_animation=”pulse”]Expert review of draft NRM regional assessments[/x_feature_box][x_feature_box title=”January-August 2015″ title_color=”” text_color=”” graphic=”numbers” graphic_size=”40px” graphic_shape=”circle” graphic_color=”#ffffff” graphic_bg_color=”#f1c40f” align_h=”left” align_v=”top” side_graphic_spacing=”20px” max_width=”none” child=”true” connector_width=”1px” connector_style=”dashed” connector_color=”#272727″ graphic_animation=”jello” connector_animation=”pulse”]Community and stakeholder engagement[/x_feature_box][x_feature_box title=”August-Dec 2015″ title_color=”” text_color=”” graphic=”numbers” graphic_size=”40px” graphic_shape=”circle” graphic_color=”#ffffff” graphic_bg_color=”#f1c40f” align_h=”left” align_v=”top” side_graphic_spacing=”20px” max_width=”none” child=”true” connector_width=”1px” connector_style=”dashed” connector_color=”#272727″ graphic_animation=”jello” connector_animation=”pulse”]Drafting the NRM Plan[/x_feature_box][x_feature_box title=”January-June 2016″ title_color=”” text_color=”” graphic=”numbers” graphic_size=”40px” graphic_shape=”circle” graphic_color=”#ffffff” graphic_bg_color=”#f1c40f” align_h=”left” align_v=”top” side_graphic_spacing=”20px” max_width=”none” child=”true” connector_width=”1px” connector_style=”dashed” connector_color=”#272727″ graphic_animation=”jello” connector_animation=”pulse”]Implementation of NRM Plan scoping and adaptive planning process[/x_feature_box][/x_feature_list][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_color=”#f9f9e0″ parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”true” fade_animation=”in-from-top” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 15px 10px 10px;”][cs_text]Over a period from October 2014-August 2015, the planning team has:

  • Consulted over 40 regional experts and scientists who have been involved in studies and research in the Northern Gulf region
  • Engaged 64 delegates representing a wide range of stakeholder groups at the Gulf Futures Day on 31 March 2015
  • Attended 16 local community events to engage local people
  • Visited 14 small regional centres
  • Ran stakeholders’ workshops in Karumba, Georgetown and Dimbulah to engage regional industry groups and sectors, attended by a total of 65 people
  • Consulted with 54 Traditional Owners, and 7 Aboriginal organisations
  • Conducted a community survey that was completed by 123 people

[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_image=”http://plan.northerngulf.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/leaves-05.jpg” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;border-style: solid;border-width: 1px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/2″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_counter num_start=”0″ num_end=”920″ num_speed=”1500″ num_prefix=”” num_suffix=”” num_color=”” text_above=” ” text_below=”People engaged” text_color=”” class=”mtl”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/2″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_counter num_start=”0″ num_end=”10″ num_speed=”1500″ num_prefix=”” num_suffix=”%” num_color=”” text_above=”equivalent to” text_below=”total northern gulf residents” text_color=””][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_color=”#f9f9e0″ parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”true” fade_animation=”in-from-top” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_columnize]In total, we directly engaged approximately 920 people in our engagement activities, across the breadth of the region. This represents approximately 10% of the total Northern Gulf residential population. The outcomes of this engagement are explained in more detail in this report.

The values, concerns and recommendations which came out of this exhaustive consultation were then assessed through a rigorous process, led by project staff Natalie Waller and Sarah Rizvi, and then further assessed by the project steering committee and board of directors. The criteria on which we used to assess the Plan can be found here.

The planning doesn’t stop once the Plan has been adopted. While we will move into a “doing” stage, reviewing and reflecting on our efforts and pathways is a necessary part of improving our performance. Therefore, the planning involves an Adaptive Management Strategy to continually develop knowledge and collect evidence to facilitate internal evaluation and adaptation of NRM delivery in the Northern Gulf region, tracking against the Plan. This approach represents an evolution from static Plans which become increasingly less relevant as they age, to “planning as a process” where assumptions and relevance are reviewed and assessed on an ongoing basis for the currency period of the NRM Plan, and beyond. For this evolution to be successful, it will require a culture shift which encourages NRM delivery to be more reflective, more strategic and ultimately, more effective.[/x_columnize][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]