New panel member a Birriah Traditional Owner

The LDC project has welcomed a Birriah Traditional Owner to its project panel. It’s important the panel is made up of local representatives including landholders and Traditional Owners, and local government.

The Birriah People are the Traditional Owners of land and water covering more than 80 per cent of the BBB catchment.

Last year,  the project panel recognised the importance of Traditional Owners to the area and voted to have representation on the panel.

The panel welcomed Birriah Traditional Owner Eddie Savage, standing in for Dorothy Savage, to its first meeting for 2022 in April. The panel holds four meetings each year.

While formal accountability for delivery of the LDC project rests with NQ Dry Tropics, the project panel provides a steering role, within an agreed Terms of Reference that defines the membership, scope, role and operating rules of the panel.

The role of the panel includes:

  • reviewing key LDC project strategy documents and oversight of their implementation;
  • reviewing annual work plans and progress reports;
  • guiding and advising on communications activities; and
  • identifying and facilitating links, projects, research, policies and programs relevant to successful delivery of the project.

NQ Dry Tropics CEO Dr Scott Crawford with Birriah representative Eddie Savage.