Our region's plan

A strategic planning process is currently underway to progress development of the AW Landscape Board's regional management plan.

The development of the Alinytjara Wilurara Landscape Regional Management Plan will be undertaken in partnership with traditional owners, Aboriginal organisations, government agencies, research institutions, private sector organisations and – most importantly – the people living in or connected to the region’s communities.

Since mid-2014 the AW NRM  board (now known as the AW Landscape Board) has supported implementation of the Healthy Country Planning facilitation process which focuses on participation and engagement of Aboriginal community members and the inclusion of their traditional knowledge and priorities as the foundation of land management. The resulting Healthy County form the basis of the AW Landscape Board's approach to managing Country sustainably into the future, while meeting the needs of the people living in the region.

The Far West Coast Healthy Country Plan was completed in November 2016.

It is expected that the AW Landscape Regional Management Plan will not be finalised until July-August 2021 once approved by the Minister for Environment and Water. Until such time the AW Landscape Board will be guided by the Alinytjara Wilurara (AW) Regional Natural Resources Management (NRM) Plan which was approved in 2011 by the then Minister for Environment and Conservation.

The plan will place a strong emphasis on building capacity through on-ground works, working with communities on local projects, and building traditional authority and approvals into processes. Elders will be consulted wherever possible to ensure cultural priorities and ideas are included in part of planning and undertaking projects. The AW Landscape Plan will detail targets for the condition of the environment and will be delivered by the AW Landscape staff through a diverse range of programs that combine the priorities of the community with the legislative responsibilities of the board.