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Regional Community Engagement

The Regional Community Engagement project aims to increase community awareness and understanding of natural resources in the South West. The project builds the capacity and skills of the South West community to enable them to be involved in caring for their environment.

The project supports our Regional Partners, the many Landcare and NRM officers and volunteers in the South West, by investing in capacity building activities and facilitating the development of their knowledge and skill bases. In building community capacity, we recognise and acknowledge the integral role the community plays in driving and achieving environmental and sustainable agriculture outcomes.

The project is delivered in a strategic and targeted approach to ensure it is effective, efficient and meets a community need. It focuses on the key areas of strategic engagement events, regional events, communications, governance and other targeted engagement, to assist the community to better care for our South West environment.

In total, the program delivered 20 strategic events during 2015/16, the majority of which were delivered in partnership with government agencies, Local Government and community groups.Together, these events engaged a total of 18 groups and 365 people, including 14 Aboriginal people.

The events included a volunteer management workshop, beach clean-up, events to educate the public about threatened species conservation, events about how to better engage the media, Regional Coordination Team meetings, SWCC Association meetings, and of course the annual South West Celebration was held in November 2015.

In addition, there were 65 strategic communication undertakings during 2015/16. This included a range of media releases featuring Australian Government initiatives like the Green Army, project case studies, radio interviews, website updates, social media and 18 editions of the South West Link e-newsletter, which now has 1,234 subscribers.

“I am going to apply everything! I can’t wait to share my learnings with colleagues. I hope to be more confident with media dealings and opportunities. Now I know how to improve my innovative ideas thinking and come up with new strategies to engage the public in NRM.”
2015 South West Celebration participant.


SWCC will continue the success of its Regional Community Engagement project post 2015/16 to further build the knowledge, skills and capacity of the NRM community through a range of events, media releases, social media and other innovative and strategic communications and engagement mechanisms.


The SWCC website had 38,217 page views and SWCC Facebook page had 2,683 likes and shares over the 2015/16 period!


  • City of Busselton
  • GeoCatch
  • Tangaroa Blue
7 strategic events held
20 strategic events held

16 strategic communication undertakings distributed
65 strategic communication undertakings distributed

Project Manager

Nerilee Boshammer

Key Partners