There has been overwhelming feedback from many regional South Australians that the current NRM structure is in need of a significant overhaul.

David Speirs, the Liberal member for Bright and the shadow Minister for the Environment has recently surveyed many regional South Australians about the issues surrounding local resource management.

There has been overwhelming feedback that the current NRM structure is in need of a significant overhaul.

Although not all of us residing in the regions have a direct role in natural resource care, if we own property we pay an annual fee added onto our council rates.

This has risen significantly on Kangaroo Island, and it is clearly evident that the environment is not improving in line with increased spending.

Farmers and land holders are feeling disconnected from the bureaucracy around natural resource management - the system has broken down. 

Under the new plan, the decision making for Kangaroo Island would be made by KI residents who in many cases have lived their entire lives locally and understand, work and care for the land, thereby empowering the entire community.

Any divisions that exist between NRM and land holders would, we hope, be eliminated, as common constructive goals are identified by local residents and clear cost-effective outcomes become apparent in a timely manner.

In March 2018, following the election, it is possible that a new body, Landscape SA, could replace NRM and have at its core a strong connection between government and those who work and care for their land.

It is proposed there would be a return to basics, ensuring soil quality, water management and pest control are front and centre.

Three board members would be locals, helping shape the board's direction and priorities. 

Many people believe that the original land care model was a very successful program for getting landholders to access money and information on preserving the natural resources in the regions.

Under that land care model, if $100,000 was made available from the Government to the region, it was all spent on protection or remediation. 

After all, if money is allocated to natural resource improvement, then let's make sure it hits the ground ...literally.