Annual Report 2017-2018

Northern Agricultural Catchments Council

 

Chair's Report

"I have been in awe of the understanding, courage and dignity the people affected have displayed in dealing with very difficult personal and professional circumstances. They have the abiding gratitude and admiration of all directors for their contribution to NACC over the years and for the way they have responded to an unenviable turn of events."


CEO's Report

"The team at NACC has much to be proud of from the 2017-18 Financial Year, with so many highlights that only regular readers of our popular NACC Notes newsletter, or our followers on Facebook and Twitter, would have a real understanding. There has literally been something significant happening in NRM across our region just about every day."

 

 

"The future of NACC is in no way clear nor assured, but equally, extinction need not be the outcome and it is not one to which the Board and remaining staff of NACC are resigned. With commitment, initiative and the support of the membership we believe that we can continue to fill important and valuable leadership, coordination and support roles in activities that advance the cause of NRM in our region."

Rob Keogh, Chair

 

Community Reach

Little Footprint Big Futures

In addition to our regular community engagement activities, NACC’s pilot Little Footprint Big Future environmental education exhibition was launched in October 2017 and was displayed until January 2018 at the WA Museum - Geraldton. The free exhibition aimed to raise community awareness about simple environmentally-conscious decisions we can easily make every day to help preserve and care for our precious natural assets. This partner project was run in collaboration with the WA Museum - Geraldton, with support from the WA Government’s State NRM Program and supported by Royalties for Regions. The exhibition open was an extremely successful and well attended community event which drew nearly 1,000 visitors on the day. During the exhibitions open period a further 12 schools and 353 students from the wider region attended the exhibition as a learning excursion. An estimated 2,000 people and students were engaged in total as part of this inaugural project. It is hoped the exhibition will tour other parts of the NAR during late 2018 and into 2019.

 

Program Overviews

Aboriginal Participation


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Aboriginal Participation

Sustainable Agriculture


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Sustainable Agriculture

Media

Local Media

During 2017-18, the NACC name has been circulated far and wide throughout the region thanks to a healthy relationship with the local media.

The Communications team delivered 43 media releases and provided 42 comments to the local print and radio media. We have continued to build on our strong relationship with the Geraldton Guardian and ABC Midwest and during this year began a weekly segment with Radio MAMA. NACC has also been invited to comment on camera for a number of GWN7 television news segments.

Through print, radio and television we have been engaging with communities more effectively.

Social Media

NACC’s Twitter following continues to increase and as of June 2018 we recorded 4657 followers. We had a very busy year on the social media platform, and a highlight during this time took place in March when the 2018 Talkin’ Soil Health Conference hashtag became a trending topic across Australia.

The success of our Twitter account comes down to NACC staff and board members who have dedicated themselves to updating our social media, taking hundreds of photos and sharing stories and projects online in a bid to engage the community.

We increased engagement with the local community via Facebook and now have 1,296 followers. During the year, we shared hundreds of posts, photos and videos and some of our top stories gained over 800 likes.

In particular the announcement of the 2018 Photo Competition winner was well received, as were the incredible Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program videos.

Website Traffic

More than half of all website traffic was from new visitors (56.1%) and February 2018 recorded the highest amount of hits for the year.

According to Google Analytics, NACC’s website has seen a healthy increase of engagement and activity over the past year.

The amount of visits to the website increased to more than 78,000 page views from 17,966 users during the past financial year. We recorded almost 40,000 individual sessions and the average session duration for each visit was 2.12 minutes.

 

 

"Despite the challenges we’ve addressed in 2017-18 – and those still ahead of us – this team will achieve amazing things. Not only because of the outstanding legacy left by Richard and past staff but because we all share a strong commitment to NACC’s mission and more importantly our values. NACC’s future is bright. We are looking up, moving on, and walking forward."

Katherine Allen, General Manager

 

Financials

 
 

Funding By Source

Australian Government.....................4,583,200

State Government....................................101,720

Local Government........................................1,502

Other.............................................................174,173

 
 

Funding By Program

Biodiversity.................................................984,912

Coastal & Marine....................................1,033,586

Indigenous ...............................................1,796,866

Sustainable Farming..................................979,086

Other...............................................................66,146

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