It is with great sadness that we inform members and long-time NACC Notes subscribers, of the passing of Ms Shelley Spriggs, former NACC NRM, CEO (2010-2014).
Shelley moved to Geraldton ‘temporarily’ in 2010 to take on the Acting CEO role at NACC NRM. I know from my conversations with her, that she never planned to stay. However the beauty of the region and lifestyle on offer beckoned and Shelley was appointed on a more permanent basis by mid-2010. During her time with NACC NRM she instigated NACC Notes and was instrumental in guiding NACC NRM through the transition from NHT2/NAP funding into Caring for our Country and then into NLP1.
I was fortunate enough to work with Shelley during her time as CEO. She was both stubborn and passionate which resulted in some butting of heads at times between us. However, Shelley’s life experience and perspective were invaluable to our conversations and the issues were generally resolved after a robust discussion and a coffee, or a wine.
Among Shelley’s many life experiences and accolades she was a Graduate of Course 10 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program in 2003-2004; a skydiving enthusiast who participated in world record attempts and world championships; and worked with the UN to negotiate between Australia and Japan, the cessation of whaling in the Pacific. Shelley was also a Red Cross disaster relief volunteer and was also very passionate about helping young women reach their potential. She also supported and volunteered with Barnados Australia.
Since 2014, Shelley was often spotted around Geraldton by the NACC NRM team, enjoying her retirement on the golf course. In 2016, Shelley was acknowledged as one of the inaugural inductees to the NAR NRM Honour Roll for her contribution to natural resource management in the NAR.
Shelley, your contribution to NACC NRM and the region will not be forgotten. You are greatly missed.