Southern Gulf NRM's CEO Andrew Mclean has resigned after four and a half years in the role.
Mr Mclean has headed the regional natural resource management organisation for north west Queensland since 2016 but is now leaving to become CEO of Landcare Victoria.
Southern Gulf NRM chair Megan Munchenberg, thanked Mr Mclean for his service saying they had come a long way under his management..
"Our internal systems are stronger, our partnerships are more productive, we've regained the confidence of our funders, and our results are more visible," Ms Munchenberg said.
"Very importantly, during Andrew's term as CEO, we have substantially improved our financial position meaning the organisation is in a good position to grow and develop in support of the Southern Gulf community."
Mr Mclean said he was proud of how his team pulled together when the organisation was struggling and developed new projects and secured new funding for the region.
"We've succeeded because these projects meet the policy priorities of the Queensland and Australian Governments and are also relevant to our regional community and landscapes," Mr Mclean said.
"And we've formed a great team that brings knowledge, networks and passion to deliver results for the Southern Gulf community and landscapes".
Some of the major initiatives established during Andrew's term as CEO include the $4m E-Beef Smart Farming project, coordinated projects valued at more than $2.5M to support regional producers achieving best practice grazing land management, a multi-partner fire management project working with Indigenous landowners in support of the endangered Carpentarian Grasswren and the introduction of carbon-farming opportunities to the region under the Queensland Land Restoration Fund.
He also helped secure more than $2m of 2019 flood disaster recovery funding for pest and weed management and riparian repair projects now being rolled out to build community and landscape resilience.
He also had to deal with the fall out of the vote not to amalgamate with NQ Dry Tropics
Andrew will finish with Southern Gulf NRM on July 14.
The Southern Gulf Board will soon begin a national advertising campaign to recruit a new CEO.
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