NACC CEO Elected To Gunduwa Management Team

gundawa-mapReflecting the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) commitment towards a collaborative partnership approach to achieve sustainable natural resource management outcomes in the region, NACC CEO Richard McLellan has recently been elected to the inaugural Management Committee of the Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association.

The Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association, which was established to foster collaborative, landscape-scale conservation initiatives across the northeast part of the agricultural region and adjoining rangelands – an area bordered by Beacon, Wubin, Morawa and Payne’s Find – aims to enhance biodiversity conservation and sustainability, while simultaneously contributing to increased productivity.

“This is a great initiative, and one which NACC is particularly proud to be a partner,” said Mr McLellan.

“The landscapes that adjoin and merge into the rangelands contain some of the richest and most interesting natural areas, all of which are highly valued by local communities and individual landholders, and organisations like Bush Heritage Australia – the owners and managers of Charles Darwin Reserve.

“It’s important that we all make an effort to look after these areas to benefit the biodiversity and the landscape, as well as the members of our community who live in the area and derive their livelihoods from its rich natural assets.”

The Gunduwa initiative covers a unique part of Western Australia – encompassing the botanical transitional zone between the Wheatbelt woodlands and the expansive mulga zone of the interior. It is a region of considerable natural diversity – on farms, pastoral lands, woodlands, salt lakes, shrub lands, and the banded iron and greenstone hills of the “outback” rangelands.

Gunduwa is looking to engage and inspire individuals and groups to undertake research and work in the region, and encourage and support a range of projects that contribute to the initiative’s goals. A portfolio of small project proposals, submitted by various organisations, are currently being considered by the Management Committee.

NACC congratulates Luke Bayley, of Bush Heritage Australia, for his leadership in the foundation of Gunduwa, and all of the other newly elected Committee members: Peter Waterhouse (Shire of Perenjori), Steve Churchill/Jess Sackmann (Mount Gibson Mining), Ben McLernon (Extension Hill Pty Ltd), Raul Valenzuela (Shire of Yalgoo), Leah Bell (Ninghan Station), and Gordon McNeill (North Central Malleefowl Preservation Group).

The Gunduwa Business Plan can be viewed here:


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