New Terrain board members

February 6, 2019

Welcome to Pete Faulkner and Barry Hunter - our new Terrain NRM board members.

Board chair Keith Noble says Pete and Barry bring with them a wealth of new indigenous, marine and financial knowledge. They replace retiring board members Yidinji Traditional Owner Allison Halliday and Mt Garnet grazier Ken Atkinson whose contributions over many years were greatly appreciated.

Pete is a business consultant with a passion for reef conservation. When he's not providing economic analysis, business modelling and consulting services through his company Conus Business Consultancy, he is working with Reef Check Australia as its lead trainer and educator.

The former chair of Reef Check says marine conservation is what drives him outside business hours: “If we are going to protect the Reef and marine eco-systems, we need to be protecting terrestrial systems that abut them, and that’s the sphere that Terrain NRM works in".

“Terrain is also a good fit with the Reef Check focus on citizen science, which empowers community members to help protect natural assets like the Reef or world-heritage rainforest with scientists as their back-up.”

Cairns hinterland Traditional Owner and Djarnda Enterprise consultant Barry Hunter brings more than 25 years of experience in natural and cultural resource management to the board.

He says he'll be working to see indigenous interests further integrated into mainstream natural resource management planning: “Terrain NRM has always been active in engaging with the Wet Tropics indigenous community and this has helped to increase indigenous involvement in natural and cultural resource management systems and solutions". 

“I’m looking forward to adding to strategic thinking around further integrating indigenous interests into mainstream NRM plans.”