This factsheet from the Government of South Australia introduces the concept of property management planning and how it helps with defining goals, solving problems, time management and planning a budget.
Four steps to develop a successful property plan are outlined:
Step 1: Assess property
This is the information gathering phase, including:
- Natural resources – soil type, rainfall, native vegetation, water quality, water quantity, watercourse
- Physical geography – slope, rocky outcrops, drainage lines
- Limitations of the property – waterlogging, weeds, erosion, salinity, poor soil cover
- Financial and human resources – what are the requirements of the enterprise you wish to run? Do these match the attributes of the property?
Step 2: Identify your goals and visions
Consider goals for the property and its resources, the business, your family, your lifestyle.
Step 3: Develop the plan
The factsheet recommends using a series of clear overlays to be drawn up:
- Overlay 1: all the physical and permanent features of the property which will impact on its management. (such as saline sites, rocky areas,steep slopes and native vegetation), as identified in Step 1.
- Overlay 2: the existing layout of the property (including fences, stock troughs, raceways, etc.)
- Overlay 3: realistic plan based upon ‘best practice’ land management principles and includes future plans such as new fence lines, revegetation areas or permanent structures.
Step 4: Write a detailed ‘Action Plan’
The factsheet also provides information on other planning considerations including stock water, fire, fences, yards, raceways and shelter belts.
Natural resources management is: caring for our land, water, plants and animals – balancing people’s needs with those of nature.