A Meeting of the Minds – NRM Forum in Cloncurry June 2021

Kristy Gooding of LGAQ (center) with, Claire Hobbs (left) and Kayler Plant (right), event sponsors from Southern Gulf NRM.

Southern Gulf NRM recently had the opportunity to come together with other likeminded organisations, Government bodies and key stakeholders to discuss all things Natural Resource Management; the good, the bad and the ugly.

Attendees represented both a large percentage of Local Government area throughout the Southern Gulf and the keen interest of Federal, and State governing bodies that assist with funding the management of natural resources in the region

Councillor for Richmond Shire Council and SGNRM Director, June Kuhl, discussing mapping strategies with representatives of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

Topics on the agenda were varied but informative ranging from flying fox management and the management of threatened species in Gulf estuaries, to river rehabilitation, wetland management and new biosecurity control agents.  Plans for environmental management, regional aquifer water and state resilience were also unveiled.

Hostess of the event Kirsty Gooding, Lead – Natural Resource and Environment Manager for the LGAQ, feels that the day provided an excellent opportunity for the flow of vital information between representatives of the region and the funding bodies on whom NRM projects rely. 

“It was excellent to hear from such a diverse range of speakers around the tools and planning opportunities that support action in the NRM space.” she said. “We are grateful for the involvement of Southern Gulf NRM for providing information on how Councils can partner and collaborate for future NRM activities.”

Mark Crawley, Carpentaria Shire Council CEO, delivering a presentation on Coastal Management in the Gulf.

Turn out for the event had more than 20 people representing over 11 different organisations, sharing updates and information on current and planned projects that are key to the environmental sustainability and biodiversity. Ms Gooding, who has run this forum over multiple locations, was thrilled with the number of attendees. “The attendance at this forum has been the highest number we have had so far, which is great!” she said. 

Some travelled a significant distance to attend; Mark Crawley, CEO of Carpentaria Shire Council, made the 430km journey from Normanton to attend and present.  Recapping on the day he said, “The format for the day was excellent, the content was topical and relevant to the issues we deal with on a daily basis”.

CEO and spokesperson for Southern Gulf NRM, Geoff Penton, echoed the sentiment. “The forum was a great opportunity to focus on regionally strategic issues for the environment and the economy” he said.  Southern Gulf would like to thank the LGAQ for the opportunity of being involved with the forum.

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