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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.

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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.

STRATEGIC PLAN

Our Strategy focuses on ensuring we have what is required to fulfil our Mission and Vision within the framework of our Ethos.

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

Vice Chair

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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John Ogg

John Ogg

Director of the Board

John Ogg is a man deeply rooted in the pastoral landscapes of Western Queensland. He has recently been appointed as the new director of the Desert Channels Group, filling the vacancy left by the late Vaughan Johnson. With a life steeped in the traditions and challenges of rural Australia, John brings a blend of hands-on experience and a strong sense of commitment to the organisation.

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John and his wife Helen reside in Toowoomba, yet the heartbeat of their lives reverberates from Ayrshire Downs, the family property in the Winton district that John grew up on. He travels there every few months, along with Helen, to help their sons manage the multi-property enterprise they own. For years, John worked with his brothers in the management of these properties. Five years ago he took the helm along with his sons. They operate from Ayrshire Downs, a half cattle, half sheep enterprise that is keenly looking into modest expansion into tourism and quarrying. John’s willingness to serve as a DCG director stems from his belief in the Group’s mission.

Through his new role, John Ogg hopes to give back to the community and landscape that have shaped him, saying, “All I want to see is the DCQ teams continue on doing what they’re doing. It’s a breath of fresh air to all that country out there.” With a lifetime spent in Western Queensland, John Ogg is a steward of the land in the truest sense. And as he steps into this new role at DCG, he not only brings his practical experience but also a heartfelt desire to contribute to a brighter, more sustainable future for the Desert Channels Region.

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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. 

Leanne Kohler

Leanne Kohler

Chief Executive Officer

Doug Allpass

Doug Allpass

Sustainable Agriculture Facilitator

Roxane Blackley

Roxane Blackley

Senior GIS Officer

Joanne Naumann

Joanne Naumann

Business Services Manager

Belinda Cuthill

Belinda Cuthill

Project Officer

Tegan Glozier

Tegan Glozier

Administration Officer

Nina Groves

Nina Groves

Project Officer

Jana Sykorova

Jana Sykorova

Special Projects Officer

Roshan Karki

Roshan Karki

GIS Officer and Chief (Drone) Pilot

Peter Spence

Peter Spence

Field Operations Officer

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Field Team Leader

Geoff Penton

Geoff Penton

Program Manager

WORK WITH US

Desert Channels works with community, industry and government to promote sustainable practices, minimise negative impacts on the environment and protect our region’s unique values. We offer a rewarding career and a supportive work environment that makes a difference.

There are many and varied roles across our organisation such as Geographical Information System, project work, administrative an on-ground work. Every position is different and no two days are alike. Why not contact us today to have a chat.

VACANT POSITIONS

Please contact us on 07 4658 0600 to find out more.

OUTBACK LIVING

Regional living offers a rewarding and interesting life. Check out some of the benefits.

INCENTIVE PROGRAM

We have an excellent incentive program and a history of staff retention.

Senior Project Officer

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