Raise a glass for WA’s beautiful Mistletoe trees and new beginnings, bring on 2019.

The Mistletoe is flowering, the barbeque is lit and the fridge is cold – bring on the holidays. But before you do, let’s take a minute to review the year that was 2018 for NACC.

It has been a mammoth year, with significant changes, but my overwhelming feeling now that the year is almost over, is support and positivity.

We have had some great achievements during the year including securing a further three years of funding for the Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Project; securing the Regional Land Partnerships tender for the NAR; inducting some new names onto to the NAR NRM Honour Roll; and recognising some very worthy award recipients. There are so many other achievements, I can’t mention them all here, so if you’re not sure what has been happening this year, please check out our website.

During 2018 we have also said goodbye to some fabulous NACC staff who made massive contributions to NACC during their tenures. Despite this, we have retained a dedicated, long serving and experienced core team who many of you will know well, and we have also welcomed a few fresh new faces who bring with them new perspectives and ideas.

It has indeed been a tumultuous year for NACC and NRM across most of Australia. But throughout it all, our team has been constantly buoyed by support from each and every one of you, our NAR community. With our new funding in the form of Regional Land Partnerships we have a slightly different emphasis in some of our operations and objectives for the year ahead.

We may look a little different as we move forward, but change can be great. Our members and landholders should look forward to seeing our two Regional Landcare Agriculture Facilitators out and about (both from farming backgrounds and one role now based in Perenjori), and an expanded biodiversity team.

Keep up to date with NACC’s project progress through our constantly updated social media channels and our monthly NACC Notes and feel free to tell your neighbours, friends and family about what you’ve see NACC getting up to. Please also feel free to contact us and tell us what you have been up to.

Our continued focus for 2019 is on building the capacity of our landholders to protect and enhance our biodiversity and agricultural assets. We are working towards some exciting happenings in 2019 but we will need your input to make these successful.

In summary I would like to say a massive Thank You to each and every one of our members and community who have sent through messages of encouragement or verbalised their heartfelt support in person. Keep it coming, it keeps us going. The team has also been very lucky to work with our committed board and I am personally very grateful to our Chair, Rob Keogh.  The whole team is looking forward to working with all of our partners in the year ahead and achieving some great outcomes for the region.

I wish you all the happy and safe holidays and I look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

Katherine Allen

NACC, General Manager

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