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ABOUT US

ABOUT DESERT CHANNELS GROUP

The Desert Channels Group is comprised of three entities: Desert Channels Queensland; DC Solutions and The Desert Channels Foundation.

Desert Channels Queensland, along with 56 regional bodies Australia-wide, was founded on a Commonwealth initiative that established community groups to deliver natural resource management regionally.

Since its inception in 2002, the DCQ team has delivered projects through a range of funding programs with landholders, local government schools, Landcare groups, catchment groups, traditional owners and NGOs.

As an incorporated group DCQ operates under a constitution. It is supported by our commercial arm DC Solutions and The Desert Channels Foundation.

MISSION STATEMENT

Igniting the passion for the Outback; conserving its natural wonders.

VISION STATEMENT

Future generations value and improve our unique landscape.

OUR ETHOS

Working as a team, thinking as an organisation, acting as a community business.

THE BOARD

The DCQ Board consists of four Directors and a Chair elected by members of the Association. They meet regularly to provide strategic direction to the organisation, and to ensure that available funding is used in line with community priorities for the sustainable management of the natural resources of the region.

Board members are voted in for a three year term through a members’ secret ballot.  The Board determines what specific qualifications and experience are required in light of the needs and aims of the Association at the time. The rules governing the operation of the Association are set out in the Constitution.

The Board holds regular teleconferences and meets face to face four times a year. It complies with all legal requirements regarding conflicts of interest and related party transactions, and undergoes independent reviews and biennial organisational reviews. 

The Directors are happy to discuss related matters or community issues at any time.

ANDREW DRYSDALE

ANDREW DRYSDALE

Chair of the board

A former Charleville district grazier, immediate past CEO of NRM Regions Queensland, current Chair of the Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum Community Advisory Committee, Andrew stepped into the DCQ Chair role in November 2018.

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After growing up in the Augathella district running his own place for 16 years, a fear of boarding school fees motivated him to move to Toowoomba where he carved a career in helping land managers with issues like salinity, weeds, feral animals, habitat protection and erosion control.

Equally at home in the corridors of Parliament House or around the back of a mob of sheep, Andrew is acutely aware of the challenges facing small, remote NRM organisations like DCQ.  

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MIKE PRATT

MIKE PRATT

Treasurer

Mike and his wife Sue own and manage a cattle trading operation SW of Longreach where they run Merino sheep, commercial goats, a small Angus stud. They have 40,000 hectares across three properties – Waroona, Bellfield and Ban Ban.

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Mike is Deputy Mayor of the Barcoo Shire, Deputy Chair Central West Wild Dog Control Fence Steering Committee, along with other community and industry groups. 

Mike is passionate about the environmental welfare and sustainability of the DCQ region and strongly supports the efforts of all involved to rein in and contain the spread of all Weeds of National Significance.

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VAUGHAN JOHNSON

VAUGHAN JOHNSON

Board Member

Born in Bourke, Vaughan Johnson was a grazier and contractor before entering politics. He has had a long career starting as a councillor on Quilpie Shire Council from 1970 to 1973. 

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He then entered the Queensland Parliament as the member for Gregory in 1989 and served as an MP until his retirement in 2015. 

Vaughan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of politics, communities, small business and the grazing industry.

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GEORGE GORRINGE

GEORGE GORRINGE

Board Member

Born in Innamincka, George then moved to Windorah where he went to school. After leaving school, he went droving. He then gained experience managing different properties around the region and worked as head stockman.

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After getting married, he and his new bride managed Kihee for 5 years before moving on to manage more properties around the region.

George was a founding member of the Cooper Creek advisory committee which consisted of graziers, conservation representatives, oil and gas and irrigators. He also sat on the Cooper Creek Catchment Committee and the LEB Advisory Committee.

As a Mithaka elder, George was instrumental in setting up the Lake Eyre Basin Traditional Owner Alliance with 13 different TO groups and is still involved.

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ROD WILLIAMS

ROD WILLIAMS

Treasurer

Rod grew up on sheep properties in the Longreach district before commencing a career as a land valuer with the (then) Department of Lands. During this time he developed expertise in land valuation, Crown land management, rural and regional recovery programs and natural resource management initiatives.

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Rod moved on to managerial positions with the Pastoral Lands Board of Western Australia and Natural Resource Committees in New South Wales and, during the height of the Coal Seam Gas expansion in the Surat Basin, he was Land Access Manager for a leading resource company.

Rod brings the knowledge of the social, economic and natural resource management challenges facing the region, and a strategic understanding of the dynamics and requirements of natural resource management organisations at the local, State and Commonwealth government levels.

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THE STAFF

The staff members provide administrative, coordination, project management, mapping, information management, publications and communications support across all areas of Desert Channels Queensland, DC Solutions and the Desert Channels Foundation work.

For general enquiries phone (07) 4658 0600. Fax: (07) 4658 0122.

Leanne Kohler

Leanne Kohler

Chief Executive Officer

Simon Wiggins

Simon Wiggins

Operations Manager

Doug Allpass

Doug Allpass

Landcare Facilitator

Roxane Blackley

Roxane Blackley

Senior GIS Officer

Belinda Cuthill

Belinda Cuthill

Project Officer

Ben Galea

Ben Galea

Project Officer

Tegan Glozier

Tegan Glozier

Administration Officer

Jaxon Grams

Jaxon Grams

Trainee Field Officer

Roshan Karki

Roshan Karki

Project Officer

Dean Marshall

Dean Marshall

Field Officer

Joanne Naumann

Joanne Naumann

Office Manager

Kate Paterson

Kate Paterson

Project Officer

Natalie Pearce

Natalie Pearce

Special Support Officer

Jeff Poole

Jeff Poole

Project Officer

Lance Sidebottom

Lance Sidebottom

Field Officer

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Field Team Leader

Peter Spence

Peter Spence

Field Operations Officer

Roger Taiki

Roger Taiki

Field Officer

Desert Channels Queensland is supported by the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme and the Queensland Government

   

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