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 plan to:

  • build our knowledge on ecosystem services
  • undertake an economic valuation of our natural environment
  • identify how we can enhance eco-tourism opportunities
  • partner with the community, local university, industry and state government
  • promote a diverse range of outdoor recreation experiences.