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NRM Plan updates

Cape York's NRM Plan is updated regularly as we include current information. We invite your feedback and suggestions.

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Recent updates to the NRM Plan

October 2022

It's time for a new NRM Plan for Cape York

Cape York Natural Resource Management (NRM) is developing a new plan for managing natural resources on Cape York. In doing so, we recognise it is a shared responsibility. The Cape York community’s contribution is vital to ensuring the plan reflects community knowledge and aspirations as well as highlighting the key role that everyone has in delivering it.

What is an NRM Plan?

NRM plans provide a framework for the protection and sustainable use of natural resources such as land, water, soil, plants and animals.

The Cape York Plan will identify the region's natural resource assets, pressures and provide solutions for management. The plan will set targets to measure whether actions have been successful.

The Plan combines science, traditional knowledge and community feedback.

Why is Cape York NRM leading the development of this plan?

Australia is divided into 54 Natural Resource Management regions. Cape York NRM is the designated NRM organisation for the Cape York region. It also shares the responsibility with Gulf Savannah NRM for planning and delivery of projects in the Mitchell River Joint Management Area.

One of the roles of a Regional NRM organisation is to work with the people of their region to develop and maintain a community-owned NRM Plan for the area.

How can it help you?

The new Plan will provide the region with goals, actions and investments priorities into the future. It will strengthen Cape York’s identity, health and livability by protecting natural assets.

We hope the Plan can be a valuable resource to guide land managers and organisations in future natural resource management activities, identify opportunities and mitigate risks.

How can you help

The people, organisations and communities of Cape York Peninsula worked with Cape York NRM to develop the current Plan which was launched in

The new Plan seeks to recognise, understand and include responses to any changes in the condition and use of the region's natural assets.

Your input is vital. The Plan will only be comprehensive and useful if it is supported by community knowledge, information and aspirations for the region's land, water, soil, plants and animals.


September – December
Targeted community consultation to inform the development of a draft NRM Plan

Draft NRM Plan developed and available online for community consultation and feedback.

May 2023
Final draft NRM Plan available for targeted consultation and community approval.

June 2023
Plan submitted to Cape York NRM Board of Directors and Government approval.

July 2023
NRM Plan formally launched


March 2019

Added policy alignment

NRM Plan policy alignment added to the website.

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NRM Plan update page added

Updates to the NRM Plan site can now be tracked through a new page.

For more information, visit

December 2018

Migration to new site begun

NRM Plan information migrated from old server to new server