LDC work doesn’t stop for a pandemic

Training at the Learning Hub, Mt Pleasant Station, Collinsville.

Landholders Driving Change project Manager Rod Kerr

Feedback on what people thought about the bus tour and the progress of the LDC project.

On track, on budget

IT may have been a transformative year, but I am delighted to say that during 2020, the Landholders Driving Change (LDC) project continued to progress and remains on track, and on budget.

On-ground projects will be completed by the end of this year and the final report is due 31 July 2021.

It is testament to the hard work and commitment of the BBB community, and the LDC team alongside LDC’s collaborators and delivery partners.

COVID-19 temporarily paused a number of project activities, mostly field days. However NQ Dry Tropics, and the LDC team took swift steps to maintain business continuity while minimising COVID-19 risks for clients, contractors and the general public.

Where possible, meetings and briefings moved to an on-line platform, which worked well.

In September, under COVID restrictions, we were fortunate to be able to hold the annual bus trip to showcase LDC on-ground projects, followed by the celebration dinner.

In 2020 we still managed to deliver: 15 events to 365 participants and 3 properties were represented for the first time at LDC activities.

It has been a pleasure working with the LDC team this year. In December I am stepping down as project manager of the LDC project. I will continue to project manage NQ Dry Tropics’ Stomping Out Sediment in the Burdekin – Livestock Impact for Gully Remediation project, and look forward to seeing you around the traps.

LDC Project Manager Georg Wandrag

The new LDC project manager is Georg Wandrag. Georg has more than 20 years of experience in conservation, including leadership experience in working with teams and multiple stakeholder groups in remote and regional areas. 

Georg is based in Bowen and started in the position in early November to ensure a smooth transition. 

The NQ Dry Tropics team and I warmly welcome Georg to the region, and we wish him all the best. Click here for more information about Georg.

I also take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and let’s hope we’ll be toasting a terrific wet season.

Be sure to check out the short slideshow below that illustrates the wide range of extension work carried out in the BBB since March.

Rod Kerr, outgoing LDC project manager

Host of the ABC’s iconic Landline program Pip Courtney enthralled the crowd as guest speaker at the event.

Click on the photo to view the galleries of images from the LDC in the field this year.

Mick Shannon

And Goodbye to Mick

We also farewell Grazing Team Leader Mick Shannon.

Mick has been a valued staff member for a little more than 12 months, but he has landed his dream job.

He’s going to manage Springfield Station near Mt Surprise.

We wish Mick and his family all the best.