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Big numbers for Australia’s regional communities

Australians have a great affinity with their backyards – both their own backyard and the bigger landscape – the landscape that makes Australia so unique.

This month, Australia’s 56 regional natural resource management (NRM) groups are banding together to promote some impressive figures from across regional communities.

The sixregional NRM groups here in WA are no exception. There is a great deal of work underway across the state helping to protect and enhance our natura lenvironment from our precious coastlines to our valuable inland environments.

Across WA, more than 950 km of waterways and coastlines have been improved, and over 1 million hectares of healthier land for food and fibre production. That’s a lot of land!

These NRM groups have worked with over 17,000 people over the past year, all adopting improved land management practices for better sustainability.

Sue Middleton, Executive Officer of the WA Regional Leaders Group said the figures were impressive.

“17,000 people in just one year goes to show the interest, out there in regional communities, for learning more about sustainability agriculture, and more importantly for actually adopting improved practice,” she said.

“Our waterways and coastlines are such an important part of the West Australian way of life. They support our natural environment and also our recreational activities. Improving 950 km of these waterways and coastlines is a great step in helping to secure the future of our environment and lifestyles here in WA.”

Videos,photos and snapshots of some of the groups’ work is available on new social media sites:www.facebook.com/ourbigbackyard o rwww.twitter.com/AusNRM. For more information on your regional NRM group visit http://www.nrmrlg.com/