EconSearch Completed Project

Project: NRM Levy Social and Economic Impact Assessments (2016).

Client: SA Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board

            South East Natural Resources Management Board

 `         SA Arid Land Natural Resources Management Board

            Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board

            Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board

            Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board

Summary: EconSearch was commissioned by six Natural Resources Management Boards to update the social and economic impacts of NRM levy scenarios on levy payers in their regions. The analysis was directed at several groups: irrigation farms, dryland farms, non-farm businesses and households. Groups unique to some NRM areas, such as forestry in the South East, were included in the analysis where requested. The analyses provided the Boards with information on the likely economic and social impact of the increased costs of proposed water-based and land-based levies on businesses and households in the regions, including in vulnerable sectors.