With involvement in 121 individual environmental projects, 10,500 participants at its workshops and events, and more than 2,700 ha of natural assets protected and managed, 2018/2019 can be described as an exciting and successful year according to Healthy Land & Water (HLW) CEO Julie McLellan.
Speaking at today’s HLW Annual General Meeting, Julie outlined the wide range of activities that the organisation has been involved with, as well as strategies to continue the organisation’s work into 2020.
“Our mission is to lead and connect through science and actions that will preserve and enhance our natural assets, and we do this using our core values of innovation, courage, collaboration, integrity, and care.”
“These values guide our behaviour and decision making and are constantly demonstrated by the projects we deliver.”
“There can be no better demonstration of these values than our work with Regional Riparian Weed Control, partnering with Seqwater, where we trialled a naturally occurring fungus to kill weeds and delivered herbicide via capsules rather than spraying.”
“These innovative solutions not only ensured better workplace health and safety conditions for our employees and contractors but also a more efficient use of the product, thus saving money.”
“A second project of note was the Environmental Recovery Program, with a huge scale of work undertaken in often adverse circumstances. Work on this project now prevents more than 57,000 tonnes of sediment from entering the Logan river each year.”
Julie then mentioned a number of other projects and programs held through the year, including an ecological assessment on Minjerribah possible only through collaboration with Indigenous land owners, identifying and caring for endangered Ormeau Bottle tress on both state-owned and private land, and restoring a section of Enoggera Creek at Newmarket.
“I would like to thank all our stakeholders, community members and staff for contributing to all our successes throughout the year,” she said.
Julie then outlined her strategy for the future, with a plan of adopting and focusing on a 3-pillar approach of growth, core activities, and social license.
“Our growth will come from leveraging the skills and partnerships developed through delivery of our core program – bringing projects to life that reduce harm and improve our natural assets.”
“Essential to Healthy Land & Water is then the delivery of our core program, the projects funded by government and our members and highly valued by our providers and the community.”
“Thirdly, and most importantly, is our investment in our social license, where we can start to reinvest our own money into projects the community value.”
“Its early days but overtime we will develop a robust transparent process of how this will occur.”
The CEO report followed the report by HLW Chairman Stephen Robertson, who outlined the financial achievements of the organisation during 2019.
“With increased revenue over the year of $1.1M, and a 20.6% reduction in expenses, HLW have shown a demonstrated focus on reducing operational costs and driving efficiencies, and should be congratulated,” he said.
It was announced on the day that Margie Milgate and fellow HLW board member Partha Susarla would both be stepping down from the board for 2020, so they were thanked for their many years of participation and board membership.
The HLW AGM was followed by the South East Queensland Catchments Members Association (SEQCMA) AGM where Chair Margie Milgate outlined their achievements over the year and thanked HLW executive and staff for their administrative and personal support during the year.
Staff, HLW Board members and participants prepare for the AGM.
Staff, guests and HLW Board members.
CEO and Chair presentations. HLW Board members review results.
Thank you to outgoing HLW Board members Partha Susarla and Margie Miligate.
Staff relax after the AGM.