Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara: an engaging online decision-making and reporting tool
Many of our clients need to monitor, evaluate and report on how things are going with their work in the community. While this is an essential aspect of operations or project delivery, communicating how everything is going is rarely as engaging or accessible as it could be.
For many years, Ecocreative has assisted organisations in natural resource management to engage their communities in some of the most important work being done in Australian environments. A few years ago we were engaged by Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, to help with their NRM plan. This was a huge project that won accolades for its consideration of visual communication and Indigenous language in caring for country in one of the largest managed regions in the nation (and the only one with a fully Aboriginal board).
We have always been proud of this work, so we were really stoked to be asked to help address a challenge in making reporting engaging, relevant and accessible for the organisation's board of management, led by Presiding Member, Parry Agius. We worked through a process with the monitoring and evaluations and communications team and proposed a non-public web solution that really related the work of people to the landscapes of this region of arid and coastal South Australia. We built the site so that it could be accessed from anywhere, easy to update and optimised for printing or creating PDFs for remote areas with limited internet access.
As is often the case, practicalities led the process, but we needed layers of information to be easy to relate to country. The website features an interactive map that acts as a menu, lighting up when the user lingers over a region. From here, just through a simple click, each region has its own landing page with a more detailed map, summary text, content areas and spots for photos and document uploads (even spreadsheets, if that's what's needed).
We love building tools that help people deal with some of the trickiness that comes with big challenges and limited resources and we're pleased to say that this project proves that piles of paper don't always have to be part of reporting on a job well done!
Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
• Creative direction
• Web design and development