Abstract: The discussion paper sought community comments (submissions were due by 29 November 2002) on governments' future responsibility for, and their role in providing facilitation and coordination support both under the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) and the National Action Plan (NAP) for Salinity and Water Quality. The Commonwealth Government was undertaking an evaluation of the Trust funded facilitator and coordinator community support networks as part of the evaluation of the first phase of the NHT. Since late 1980s facilitator and coordinator networks played important role in supporting community groups to achieve on-ground results aimed at sustainable NRM. In March 2002 the Minister for the Environment and Heritage (David Kemp) announced interim arrangements for up to 650 facilitator/coordinator positions during 2002/03 to assist the community in the transition from the first to the second phase of the NHT. This paper sought community input to an anlysis conducted by the Commonwealth Government [Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia (AFFA) and Environment Australia (EA)] in consultation with the States and Territories. The analysis included investigating the needs and options for, and roles and responsibilities of the facilitator and coordinator networks in the delivery of the extension of the NHT from 2003/04 to 2006/07 (p.1).
Australian Government: Environment Australia and Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry Australia,, 2002, The Future of Facilitation and Coordination Networks Under Natural Resource Management Planning and Implementation, Report, viewed 19 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4116.