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Big numbers for Australia's regional communities

Monday 22 October, 2012
Australians have a great affinity with their backyards – both their own backyard and the bigger landscape – the landscape that makes Australia so unique.

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 groups are banding together to highlight the difference they are making across regional communities.

Working with land managers, governments and business, those 56 organisations have interacted with more than 200,000 people in the past year, all adopting improved farming practices for better sustainability.

Chris Norman, CEO Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) said the figures were impressive.

"200,000 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," he said.

"Goulburn Broken CMA is just one of 56 groups doing this work across all of the Catchments that make up Australia's land mass," he said. "Those 200,000 people have changed the way they farm over more than 14 million hectares of land."

"That's a very big backyard."

"In our very own Goulburn Broken backyard, our land managers have improved 77,159 hectares for food and fibre production, that's nearly 40,000 MCG's."

Videos, photos and snapshots of some of the NRM bodies' work is available on new social media sites: www.facebook.com/ourbigbackyard or www.twitter.com/AusNRM.

For more information on Goulburn Broken CMA programs please visit www.gbcma.vic.gov.au or call 03 5820 1100.