The natural environment provides us with many benefits such as clean air and water. It is important for our health and social well-being and underpins our economic base.

Our distinct landscape and natural areas provide a unique backdrop for nature-based recreation and tourism experiences.

Capturing these values in an economic framework will help grow the region's prosperity.

To do this, we are:

  • building our knowledge on ecosystem services
  • undertaking an economic valuation of our natural environment
  • identifying how we can enhance eco-tourism opportunities
  • partnering with the community, local university, industry and state government
  • promoting a diverse range of outdoor recreation experiences.