The Berri Barmera Local Action Planning Committee was established in 1997 by a group of committed local community members with the initial mission to prepare and implement a strategic plan that attracts investments to sustain current and future land use and enhance the local environment.
Located in the Riverland region of South Australia, approximately 220 kilometres north east of Adelaide, the Berri Barmera Local Action Planning Committees' boundaries are directly aligned with those of the Berri Barmera Council. Berri Barmera LAP covers the area north of the River Murray between the Lyrup Ferry and Overland Corner and includes the townships of Berri, Barmera, Glossop, Cobdogla, Winkie, Monash and Gerard.
The Berri Barmera Local Action Planning Committee is actively involved in the development and implementation of programs and strategies in the following key areas:
Since inception, the Berri Barmera LAP Committee has attracted in excess of $4 million from various funding sources, including the Natural Heritage Trust, the South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board and private and corporate sponsorship.
In-kind contributions of a similar value have been made by community members in terms of labour, machinery use etc to ensure that on-ground works have been successful.
Highlighted achievements include the management, monitoring and restoration of wetlands at Martin Bend, Spectacle Lakes, Overland Corner and the Loveday / Mussel Lagoon Complex, the on-going partnership with other LAP committees, SA MDB NRM Board and Central Irrigation Trust to improve water use efficiency and irrigation practices across the region, and the implementation of on-ground revegetation and biodiversity restoration projects.Â
A full report of achievements is available from the LAP committee.
Although constantly challenged by decreasing availability of funding, linking with regional priorities, and the on-going drought within the Murray Darling Basin, the Berri Barmera LAP committee continues to look forward in a positive manner with aims of further extending its list of achievements in future years.
We are always looking for new members. Membership is free, and you can be as active or inactive as you like.
All members receive regular updates of LAP activities.
For more information, contact Paul Stribley on 8582 2183, 0417 844 095 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0417 844 095 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0417 844 095 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0417 844 095 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0417 844 095 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or firstname.lastname@example.org
Role of the Committee
Responsibilities and initiatives of the committee include:
The Berri Barmera LAP provides an opportunity for all residents in the Berri Barmera Local Action Planning region to be involved by either assisting in developing local policy, undertaking on ground actions or developing education material. Whatever avenue you choose, you will be implementing your Local Action Plan and therefore working alongside other local community groups and individuals to help achieve the objectives of the Plan.
The Berri Barmera LAP committee currently has a couple of vacancies. If you are interested in helping the environment and working with your local community, and wish to be involved, contact Paul Stribley.
The Vision of the Committee
To initiate and guide the actions of the
in the development, preparation and implementation of a long term strategic Plan with the aim of attracting investment to sustain current and future land use activities and enhance the local natural environment.
The Objectives of the Committee
1. IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE
Ensure long-term sustainable irrigation management along the River Murray.
2. FLOODPLAINS & WETLANDS
Ensure wetlands and floodplains are largely natural in character and support a healthy diversity of native plant and animal species.
3. WATER QUALITY
Improve water quality so that it can satisfy current and future water supply demands and be compatible with ecological, recreation and resource sustainability values.
4. HABITAT & BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION
Protect and expand native vegetation sites to ensure ongoing species diversity and natural habitats.
5. PLANNING & REPORTING
Ensure all relevant stakeholders have been consulted. Monitor and evaluate the progress of the Local Action Plan and integrate with other planning initiatives