Far North Qld not-for-profit organisations breaking new ground

February 26, 2018

Corporate Nature chair Keith Noble; Warren Entsch MP, Cape York NRM's Emma Jackson; Northern Gulf RMG's Allan Holmes

Corporate Nature chair Keith Noble; Warren Entsch MP, Cape York NRM's Emma Jackson; Northern Gulf RMG's Allan Holmes

Three not-for-profit organisations in Far North Queensland have combined forces to complete a major reform – in an Australia-first for natural resource management bodies.

Terrain NRM, Cape York NRM and Northern Gulf RMG – which work with the community to deliver environmental and agricultural projects have launched a joint venture called Corporate Nature. This brings together all their corporate and administrative systems and people to provide services across 355,000 km2 from Cape York to Ingham and out to the gulf.

Today Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch officially launched Corporate Nature and opened a new shared office building in Cairns, which sees five organisations sharing facilities. The joint venture and office arrangement begins a new era in greater sharing of resources and knowledge while keeping costs down.

Mr Entsch said Terrain NRM, Cape York NRM and Northern Gulf RMG play a vital role in North Queensland, especially in ensuring environmental values are met and protected.

“Not-for-profit organisations such as these form part of our rich corporate community that constantly punches above its weight,’’ he said.  “Over the years they have delivered projects supporting community and stakeholder involvement that have achieved positive outcomes for both the reef and rainforest. I know our environment is in safe hands for generations to come.”

Corporate Nature and Terrain Chair Keith Noble said Terrain NRM, Cape York NRM and Northern Gulf RMG would each preserve their own regional centres, cultural and community values under the new model, while demonstrating value for public money.

“Corporate Nature enables our regional bodies to focus on their core business, knowing that they are backed up by an exemplary and flexible financial and human resource management,” he said.

Corporate Nature General Manager Michelle Nusse said the focus was on pooling resources for cost-savings and ensuring maximum funding went to on-ground delivery of projects.

“Funds entrusted to us are for environmental, agricultural and community projects,’’ Mrs Nusse said. “We are always looking at ways to do things better. These changes are part of a larger reform agenda for all three organisations.

“Corporate Nature is bringing together high-level administrative, human resource and corporate services. This new business model can also provide nationally-recognised best-practice services for other not-for-profit organisations in Queensland.”

The new Cairns offices on Anderson Street are home to  staff from Corporate Nature, Terrain NRM, Cape York NRM, Northern Gulf RMG, the Sea Turtle Foundation, the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership and Queensland Trust for Nature, with office space and meeting rooms available to similar organisations.