ABOUT THIS RELEASE
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has developed a new approach for collecting natural resource management statistics. The approach involves the ABS combining data held by local and state government agencies with information from the cadastre (a register of property boundaries) to design a survey. This approach allows for surveys to be tailored to specific regions or issues and enables more regional information to be produced than is possible with the current ABS surveys of agriculture and natural resource management.
A trial of the approach was undertaken in Eurobodalla Shire and the information produced from the trial will be of use to local and state government agencies as well as the general public. In addition the running of the trial by the ABS has helped to refine and improve this new survey approach. An additional trial survey is underway in the Fitzroy Catchment in Queensland.