From The CEO – Reflecting on 2015/16

December 5, 2016

From The CEO - Reflecting on 2015/16

Firstly I'd like to thank the Australian and Queensland Governments for their ongoing support and funding. This funding enables us to facilitate the great Natural Resource Management (NRM) outcomes on the ground in the Wet Tropics region.

Well, how time flies! It’s almost a year now since many of us gathered for the launch of the Wet Tropics Plan for People and Country. That uplifting event was just the beginning for this new plan, and more work has been undertaken to refine the product, develop new decision support tools and finalise the monitoring and evaluation strategy. 

Make sure you take a look now and then ( It also gives me great pleasure to announce that this plan has won awards in the Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Planning Excellence – Queensland. 

It’s also been (another) really big year for our reef-wide Reef Alliance partnership – which brings together Industry and NRM bodies from reef regions to work collectively on improving water quality and the health of the Great Barrier Reef.  Terrain was a key driver behind an integrated Reef Alliance application to deliver the Australian Government’s Reef Trust III investment, and for the first time, one contract has been awarded for the collaborative delivery of this important program. This is an amazing feat, and is a clear demonstration of the strength of the cross-regional partnerships that we have worked for so many years to build. 

This region will benefit from almost $10 million of investment from Reef Trust III over the coming 3 years, the majority of which will be delivered through our fantastic Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership (WTSIP), of which Terrain is a member.  On behalf of WTSIP, Terrain is in the final stages of the tender process to manage the Queensland Government’s Major Integrated Project investment in the Wet Tropics, which will see around $15 million invested in the Tully and Johnstone catchments. It is amazing what is possible through strong partnerships!

Amongst all of this, Terrain has continued to facilitate the roll-out of the Community Grants program, work with partners on priority weeds, support Traditional Owners to do great work on country, and build great partnerships that attract investment in protecting the exceptional natural values of this region. One great highlight of the year was World Cassowary Day, which attracted over 40 community groups, and was officiated by the Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews. 

As always, I am inspired by the fantastic work our staff do out there amongst the community, bringing people together and getting great things happening.  But I am equally humbled by the passion and dedication of our partners and community. The appreciation that you have shown for the work we do as a regional body is what keeps driving us to do even better. My sincerest thanks to the whole team for a great year.

You can download our 2015/16 Annual Report here.

Finally, I'd like to wish you a happy and safe Christmas and New Year! We look forward to bringing you more great NRM news in 2017!

Carole Sweatman