FBA is part of a network of natural resource management bodies in Australia. There are 54 across Australia with the regions determined by river catchment boundary lines.

In Queensland there are 12 independent not for profit NRM bodies that cover the State from the Great Barrier Reef coastline to our rainforests and rangelands. We are all local, we know the lay of the land in our regions and we are trusted by the strong community networks that we live and work with.

While our regions and communities are unique, our work is similar. Each member of our NRM network is working with their communities to make a difference to the environment through the sustainable use of natural resources.

We are all delivering projects related to:

  • Land management
  • Nature conservation (biodiversity)
  • Healthy waterways and water quality
  • Catchment repair
  • Sustainable farming and soil management
  • Weed and pest management
  • Climate resilience

In total, we have a workforce of more than 300 people on the ground in rural communities who can respond quickly to changing situations including drought, cyclones, floods and fires.

NRM Regions Queensland

NRM Regions Queensland was formed in 2002 by the 12 natural resource management bodies in Queensland to coordinate statewide programs and to provide a forum for the regional bodies to collaborate and support each other.

Cape York NRM

Cape York NRM work with Cape York people, using local knowledge and science to improve land, water and marine conditions.

Northern Gulf Resource Management Group

With offices in Mareeba and Georgetown, Northern Gulf Resource Management Group works with land managers and Traditional Owners across a large region mostly dominated by dry savannah rangelands in the north west of Queensland below Cape York.


With two World Heritage Areas on its doorstep, Terrain NRM combines science and local knowledge to develop sustainable solutions to increase the resilience of the rainforests, reef, landscapes and local communities of the Wet Tropics.

Reef Catchments

Reef Catchments is the NRM Body for the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region. With offices in Mackay and Proserpine, Reef Catchments has a workforce of more than 30 people working with local communities to improve water and land condition.

Sothern Gulf NRM

Based in Mount Isa, Southern Gulf NRM covers the region from Hughenden to Mount Isa and up to Burketown in the north.

NQ Dry Tropics

With a head office in Townsville, NQ Dry Tropics works with landholders and communities on the sustainable managment of land, water plants and animals in a vast region that includes the state’s second largest river system – the Burdekin River.

Southern Queensland Landscapes

Stretching from Toowoomba to the south west corner of Queensland, Southern Queensland Landscapes covers a large and diverse region. With a vision to achieve flourishing landscapes, the organisation has three offices in Toowoomba, Charleville, Goondiwindi and Roma.

Burnett Mary Regional Group

Stretching from Maleny on the Sunshine Coast to north of Bundaberg, BMRG supports Queensland’s largest regional population in a significant agricultural area that also boasts ecological diversity including the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef.

Healthy Land & Water

Healthy Land & Water is dedicated to improving and protecting the environment of South East Queensland, an area with significant population and development including Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. While this NRM region is more urbanised, HLW’s approach is the same as other regions – combining science and local knowledge to develop innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

Desert Channels Group

Based in Longreach, Desert Channels is working to sustain the Queensland section of the Lake Eyre basin.