Northern and Yorke NRM region

Regional summary

Map of the region

The Northern and Yorke covers an area of about 3 780 000 ha and comprises the Yorke Peninsula, the Lower North, Mid North and Upper North and southern Flinders Ranges. It is surrounded by most of Gulf St Vincent, and eastern Spencer Gulf. The region supports a population of more than 90 000 people. About 80 per cent of Northern and Yorke's land is farmed. The Northern and Yorke's natural resources include productive agricultural lands, extensive native grasslands and coastal and marine systems. These assets are under threat from rising saline water tables, soil erosion, inappropriate land management practices and poorly informed land use decisions.

Native vegetation is estimated to cover approximately 34 per cent of the region, most of which is highly fragmented and in a degraded state. About 4 per cent of the region's native vegetation is protected as national park or under heritage agreement. The region contributes about 25 per cent of the state's agricultural production. Mining and mineral processing, fishing, aquaculture, forestry, horticulture and tourism are significant contributors to life in Northern and Yorke. Significant assets include coastal wetlands listed in Directory of Important Wetlands (international significance for migratory shorebirds); and large seagrass beds important for spawning marine species. The region has two threatened communities and 18 threatened species.

Biodiversity summary

Biodiversity summaries and species lists for the Northern and Yorke region have been produced by the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts using the Australian Heritage Assessment Tool.

For information visit: Biodiversity summaries and species lists for natural resource management regions 


Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board manages this region.

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