Regional Planning Processes evaluation undertaken

The 2012 Rangelands NRM Regional Plan is currently being written and will be completed by June 2013.  The plan was developed by directly asking community members and stakeholders, such as State Government agencies, to locate on a map and describe environmental, cultural, or economic assets using the Investment Framework for Environmental Resources (INFFER) process.

The initial asset identification mapping was undertaken through 11 workshops held across the rangelands.

In order to look at ways to improve our processes an evaluation survey was sent to all who attended the workshops asking for their feedback about what worked, what we could have done better, and how we could make future practices more relevant. Information about the electronic survey and how to access it was distributed via email with a reminder notice sent several weeks later.

Thirty respondents (22 per cent response rate) completed the survey across all but one of the workshops, providing a representation of feedback from throughout the rangelands regions.  Respondents represented all key stakeholder groups except four of the government agencies invited – Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA), Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Department of Water (DoW), and Department of Fisheries (DoF).

Seventy per cent of respondents felt the workshops were effective in identifying environmental assets but concern was raised about how to ensure assets of value to people not attending the workshops, particularly Indigenous groups, could be captured. Several suggestions were also put forward about ensuring that a greater level of information was provided to participants before the workshop so that they were better prepared and able to be fully involved.

Whilst the majority of respondents felt that the workshops were an effective method of identifying assets, 80 per cent felt the process could be improved. Many of the suggestions centred on strengthening the engagement and involvement of all groups, so that a wider range of assets, opinions, and priorities can be identified. This was seen as important both in the lead up to the workshops and during them. The importance of translating the asset identification process into on-ground protection and management outcomes was also raised. Despite identifying a need to improve the practical aspects of the workshops however, 83 per cent of respondents were keen to be involved in future regional planning processes and more people favoured a regional workshop approach over any other.

Rangelands NRM is committed to ensuring that the asset identification process remains relevant and of value to all and will be taking up your feedback to ensure that improvements are made.  Thank you for your input.

Processes for ongoing nomination of assets are in place via our website.