Our story

Rangelands NRM is a not-for-profit, non-political and neutral organisation working together with others towards a better rangelands of Western Australia.

We’ve been around for a while.

Back in 1997, the Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments identified 56 Natural Resource Management (NRM) regions covering all of Australia. Each of these groups (including Rangelands NRM) was tasked to coordinate the delivery projects dealing with NRM priority issues through the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) program, and its successors including Caring for our Country (CfoC) and the current National Landcare Programme.
Rangelands NRM was incorporated on 13 December 2002.

Over time, we have built an immense knowledge of the WA rangelands, its people and a good understanding of the problems and opportunities that face the region.

We have 13 staff based in two offices (Perth and Broome)–and we travel! We support innovation, helping communities to improve land health and productivity, and address threats such as fire and invasive species (weeds and feral animals).

Over the last three years, we have transitioned from delivering localised environmental projects and building capacity of individual community groups to holistic (triple-bottom-line) coordinated programs. This has involved a significant investment in the capability of Rangelands NRM staff and community ‘champions’ to enable them to better draw from contemporary processes in collaboration maturity. The development of our expertise and community engagement has enabled a more realistic and workable approach to tackling the lack of coordination and the sustainability issues in the region. It has enabled large-scale collaborative efforts, bringing people together to share ideas and collaborate, and increasing the likelihood of making a difference over the vast areas in the rangelands.

Our Strategic Plan runs from 2015-2018.