QMDC to remain as stand-alone natural resource management group

June 27, 2018

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Based on the recent segregation of the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee (QMDC) from the ‘NRM Southern Queensland’ working group, QMDC’s executive has today announced that the organisation must remain as an individual natural resource management organisation.

Making the announcement, Chairman Noel Strohfeld said after several months of earnest negotiations, QMDC will reluctantly not combine with Condamine Alliance and South West NRM to form a new organisation.

“QMDC has endeavoured to make the concept a reality but as the process moved along, it became very clear that making the three organisations into one would not be a plausible option in the interests of our members, our staff or the NRM cause generally,” said Mr Strohfeld.

“Ultimately, the differences between the three organisations were found to be irreconcilable. While the committee had entered into the three-way negotiation with positive intent, it now feels confident that QMDC will retain its identity and be positioned to add to its 25 years of outstanding service delivery to the community,” he added.

Moving forward, QMDC will focus on sourcing new funds to undertake NRM projects of importance to the community and primary producers throughout the region.

Mr Strohfeld said QMDC would use the vast experience, technical knowledge and skills of its staff to undertake projects relevant to remote-area biosecurity, control of plant and animal pests, balanced management of biodiversity and better integration of all sectors with a stake in the natural environment.

“We will continue to operate in our traditional areas of expertise and geographic reach but will also be looking to implement some new systems of client engagement, outcome monitoring and project reporting into practice.”

“The local community, and society more broadly, has a strong interest in seeing the nation’s natural resources protected and enhanced for the benefit of future generations. These interests are understood by NRM funding agencies and we are confident of receiving strong support for our innovative, highly informed and energetic approach to meeting community needs and expectations,” he concluded.

NRM stakeholders who wish to discuss any aspect of this announcement are invited to contact either their QMDC representative or Chairman Noel Strohfeld by email nstrohfeld@bigpond.com or mobile 0409 487 849.

In addition, group meetings will be held at various sites throughout the region over the coming weeks and all NRM stakeholders are invited to attend at their convenience.

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