Meet our new panel members
The LDC has two new panel members – grazier Dan Kenny, of Dartmoor Station, and Samantha Stone-Jovicich, a CSIRO scientist. We welcome them to the team.
Strong and ongoing local participation is the cornerstone of the Landholders Driving Change project (LDC).
Local graziers have been there from the very start, and sit on the project panel to advise and oversee the action plan.
Their role is to make sure we focus on land remediation and management activities that are relevant to graziers.
That is why we put the call out in November last year for more graziers to sit on the panel.
We’re glad Dan Kenny threw his hat in the ring. Dan is a fourth generation grazier and has managed Dartmoor Station for the past 13 years.
Scientist representatives also sit on the panel.
Samantha Stone-Jovichic, who has worked with CSIRO in Townsville for the past 12 months, has a background in environmental sociology and social-cultural anthropology.
She replaces Jane Waterhouse. Jane contributes to the LDC as a principal scientist, so offered to vacate a panel position for somebody with social science expertise to join the panel. We’re pleased Samantha has joined.
Project Director and CEO NQ Dry Tropics Dr Scott Crawford is flanked by new panel members Samantha Stone-Jovicich and Dan Kenny
Makeup of the project panel
THE project panel is made up of representatives that include landholders, NQ Dry Tropics, scientists and technical experts, local government and the Queensland Government.
Landholder representation is important for strategic and management oversight of the project, particularly the BBB Grazier Support activity area – to maintain community ownership and a focus on locally relevant and practical program delivery, but also to provide critical input to all other activity areas.
According to the project panel’s Terms of Reference, landholders must make up at least 50 per cent of the project panel.
Up to four project panel meetings are scheduled each year.
Project panel members not employed by the Queensland Government, NQ Dry Tropics or who are contracted to the LDC project or related projects, are recompensed for time and travel.
Role of the project panel
WHILE formal accountability for delivery of the LDC project rests with NQ Dry Tropics, the project panel provides a steering function, 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.
The LDC project is also benefits from collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), CSIRO, JCU, TropWATER and Glencore.
These organisations offer expertise to help achieve our project objectives.
Grazier Bristow Hughes (left) and LDC Project Director Dr Scott Crawford (right) press a point with LDC Steering Panel science adviser Christian Roth during an inspection tour of Mt Wickham
Project Support Team
Dr Scott Crawford
LAND MANAGEMENT SUPPORT COORDINATOR
SENIOR PROJECT OFFICER
SENIOR FIELD OFFICER
SENIOR FIELD OFFICER
LANDSCAPE REMEDIATION OFFICER
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE CONSULTANT
PROJECT SUPPORT OFFICER
SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER