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Welcome to Southern Gulf NRM’s e-newsletter, updating you on natural resource management events and activities for the Southern Gulf Region. 
In this issue:


Southern Gulf NRM CEO Resignation

Southern Gulf NRM Chief Executive Officer - Position Vacant

Carbon and Co-benefits Webinar

Soil Erosion Control Field Days

Southern Gulf Graziers Leading Landscape Change - Expressions of Interest Round 2 


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Southern Gulf NRM CEO Resignation

Southern Gulf NRM, the regional natural resource management organisation for north west Queensland, has announced the resignation of its chief executive officer, Andrew Maclean.

After four and a half years as CEO of Southern Gulf NRM, Andrew has been appointed CEO of Landcare Victoria.

Southern Gulf NRM Chairperson, Megan Munchenberg, thanked Andrew for his service to Southern Gulf NRM and the regional community.

“Southern Gulf NRM has come a long way under Andrew’s management”, she said. “Our internal systems are stronger, our partnerships are more productive, we’ve regained the confidence of our funders, and our results are more visible.

“Very importantly, during Andrew’s term as CEO, we have substantially improved our financial position meaning the organisation is in a good position to grow and develop in support of the Southern Gulf community.”

Andrew reflects on his time as CEO.
“I’m very proud of how our team pulled together when the organisation was struggling”, he said.
“We knuckled down and developed new projects and secured new funding for our region.
“We’ve succeeded because these projects meet the policy priorities of the Queensland and Australian Governments and are also relevant to our regional community and landscapes.
“And we’ve formed a great team that brings knowledge, networks and passion to deliver results for the Southern Gulf community and landscapes”.

Some of the major initiatives established during Andrew’s term as CEO include:
•  the $4M E-Beef Smart Farming project delivered through partnerships across much of western and northern Queensland
•  coordinated projects valued at more than $2.5M to support regional producers in their commitment to achieving best practice grazing land management
•  a nationally significant multi-partner fire management project working with Indigenous landowners in support of the endangered Carpentarian Grasswren
•  introduction of carbon-farming opportunities to the region under the Queensland Land Restoration Fund.

Andrew also led Southern Gulf NRM’s response to the February 2019 flood disaster. He helped secure more than $2M of disaster recovery funding for pest and weed management and riparian repair projects that are presently being rolled out to build community and landscape resilience.

Partnerships were also a feature of Andrew’s term as CEO, who recognised that in a sparsely populated region like North West Queensland, collaboration is essential if communities are to achieve their goals.

During his term as CEO, partnerships with local government, State agencies, Indigenous communities, community conservation organisations, researchers, other rangelands NRM organisations, and producer organisations were broadened and deepened.

Andrew will finish with Southern Gulf NRM on 14 July 2020 and leaves with the thanks and best wishes of the Board. 

POSITION VACANT


Chief Executive Officer - Southern Gulf NRM
Salary Package Range- $130,000 - 150,000 p.a.


For the full position description and for more information, please contact Annie-Marie at Merit Solutions on 07 3220 1166 or email her  at recruitment@meritsolutions.com.au to request an information pack.

UPCOMING WEBINAR: CARBON AND CO-BENEFITS


The Department of Environment and Science and Southern Gulf NRM welcome landholders, Carbon Service Providers and other interested parties to join a webinar which will explorre each of the six Kickstarting the Market Pilot Projects and their outcomes.

Wednesday 15 July, 10.00am - 12.00noon

REGISTER VIA ZOOM
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UPCOMING SOIL EROSION FIELD DAYS


Learn to protect your soil better for future flood events
with Darryl Hill, Soil Save


CUBBAROO, CLONCURRY 27 July
SEDAN DIP VIA, JULIA CREEK 28 July  
WYANGARIE, RICHMOND 30 July


RSVP REQUIRED BY FRIDAY 24 JULY

Contact Anne Alison on M: 0407 789 747 E: anne.alison@southerngulf.com.au 
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EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - ROUND 2 


Southern Gulf NRM is seeking expressions of interest from Landholders to become part of a project to improve NRM over 100,000 hectares across the Southern Gulf region. 

If you would like to register your interest please visit our website www.southerngulfnrm.com.au or contact Rachel Hoolihan on M: 0427 651 984 E: rachel.hoolihan@southerngulf.com.au
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2020 Australian Beef Sustainability Annual Update

 

In the Gulf The Red Meat Advisory Council’s Sustainability Steering Group has released its 2020 annual report on progress towards the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework.  Southern Gulf NRM members and stakeholders might like to consider what the Framework means for beef producers in the Southern Gulf region and how can Southern Gulf NRM best align its work to the Framework? 
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NESP Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

River flows the key to productive Gulf floodplains


In the Gulf of Carpentaria, wet season floods replenish river channels and floodplain wetlands, and kickstart the growth of algae and other aquatic vegetation that form the base of aquatic food webs. Ensuring environmentally sustainable development of the Gulf’s water resources requires an understanding of how proposed water extraction will affect the productivity of floodplain habitats. In new research published in Ecological Indicators, Hub researchers used remotely sensed data to trace how floodwaters create ‘hotspots’ of aquatic plant growth on the Gilbert River’s floodplains. They found that while both river flows and local rainfall contribute to floodplain inundation, river flows were a better indicator of floodplain productivity. Water infrastructure that reduces river flows from the Gilbert’s upstream catchment may reduce floodplain inundation in the lower catchment, leading to a loss of productivity in the wetland ecosystems that support freshwater fish, such as juvenile barramundi. Read the final report here. This research is part of a larger project on the links between Gulf rivers and coastal productivity, led by Professor Michele Burford of Griffith University.

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