About Us

Desert Channels Queensland Inc (DCQ) is a community-based natural resource management body that works to ensure a sustainable social, economic and environmental future for the Queensland section of the Lake Eyre Basin.

We have worked with the community to develop a natural resource management (NRM) plan, Protecting Our Assets, that addresses issues identified by the community. DCQ provides funding, information and technical support to help our community look after our natural assets now and for the future.

DCQ is a coming together of the community to ensure a sustainable future for the region. It is made up of a Board, staff and the community.

Community

The DCQ community is all those people who call the Queensland section of the Lake Eyre Basin home. Pastoralists, Indigenous groups, townspeople, industry, governments (local and State), and conservationists are all members of the DCQ community; they all have an interest in the future of the region.

Staff

The operations of DCQ are supported by 17 staff based in Longreach. The staff members provide administrative, coordination, project management, mapping, information management, publications and communication support across all areas of DCQ work.

Wise management of natural resources

DCQ is a regional body that sources funding from the Australian and Queensland governments to assist land managers to sustainably manage the natural resources of
our region

We are one of 14 Queensland,and 56 Australia-wide,regional natural resource management bodies. These bodies are part of the regional arrangements between the Australian and state governments to deliver natural resource management programs across Australia.

Communicating our achievements

Being a community organisation, DCQ is very much a product of west, where deeds speak louder than words and blowing ones own trumpet is a sure sign that your trying to hide an inadequacy.  However, the reality is that if we don’t let our community and funders know that we’re doing what we said we would, then how can they have faith that their confidence is well placed.

Apart from word of mouth on the good old bush telegraph, we rely on our bi-monthly electronic newsletter, Upfront Outback, this website, Facebook and Twitter, as well as the newspapers and local government newsletters of the region, as well as ABC and commercial radio to get our message out.  You can view our communications strategy here.

Recognition

Like all community groups, we work to make a difference with our natural resources and communities, not for the accolades.  However, it is always rewarding, and humbling, when the efforts of individuals or the team are formally recognised, especially at the State and national levels… it makes all the blood, sweat and tears worthwhile.  Below is a list of our more notable awards.

2015 – Thiess International Riverprize (as part of the Lake Eyre Basin Partnership) in recognition of 20 years of joint stakeholder effort to protect the natural flows of rivers of the Lake Eyre Basin.

2014 – Australian Riverprize (as part of the Lake Eyre Basin Partnership) in recognition of 20 years of joint stakeholder effort to protect the natural flows of rivers of the Lake Eyre Basin.

2012 – Certificate of Appreciation, Australian Agricultural College Corporation – for supporting AACC students who have excelled in vocational training programs at the Longreach Pastoral College in 2012.

2012 – Certificate of Appreciation, Shockwave Festival – for supporting young people in the Central West to become community leaders, creative thinkers and regional doers.

2010 – Winner, National Landcare Awards – Australian Government NRM Region Award – for organisational stability, innovation, and capacity to develop valuable and productive partnerships with Landcare groups across one-third of Queensland.

2010 – Finalist, Leighton Holdings Indigenous Award – for its work with Indigenous groups –  Traditional Knowledge Recording Project, which has recognized and strengthened understanding of traditional knowledge and management practices, and the linkage to mainstream natural resource management.

2009 – Winner, Queensland Landcare Awards – Australian Government Landcare NRM Region Award – for organisational stability, innovation, and capacity to develop valuable and productive partnerships with Landcare groups across one-third of Queensland.

2009 – Winner, Queensland Landcare Awards – Landcare Indigenous Award Traditional Knowledge Recording Project – saw Traditional Owners across three regions and from two community groups come together to record their traditional knowledge on video, edit and archive it for future generations, and create video case studies.

2009 – 3rd place, Queensland Landcare Awards – Landcare Indigenous Award – Aboriginal Advisory Panel – which has drawn the interest of many other organisations for the way it has given a voice to all the Traditional Owner groups of the region through a single forum.

2009 – Certificate of Appreciation, Meals on Wheels Volunteers – Department of Communities.

2009 – Special Achievement Award, Western Queensland Region – Ergon Energy Tidy Towns.

2008 – Winner, National Landcare Awards 2008 – Rio Tinto, Alcan Landcare Indigenous Award – David Thompson – For setting up the Desert Channels Queensland Indigenous Advisory Panel and engaging his mob in a variety of projects such as the Stratford Rock Art Project, Mikirri Repatriation Project and the Iningai Keeping Place.

2008 – Certificate of Appreciation, Longreach State High School – Participation in Structured Workplace Program – for support and involvement in the career development of students.

2007 – Winner, Queensland Landcare Awards – Alcan Landcare Indigenous Award – David Thompson – For setting up our Indigenous Advisory Panel and engaging his mob in a variety of of projects such as the Stratford Project, Mikirri repatriation Project and the Iningai Keeping Place.

2007 – 2nd place, Queensland Landcare Awards – Australian Government Landcare NRM Region Award – for organisational stability, innovation, and capacity to develop valuable and productive partnerships with Landcare groups across one-third of Queensland.

2006 – Finalist, Queensland Landcare Awards – Australian Government Landcare Regional Award – for organisational stability, innovation, and capacity to develop valuable and productive partnerships with Landcare groups across one-third of Queensland.

2006 – Winner, Regional Achievement and Community Awards, Rhino Trailers Regional Service Award.

2005 – Winner, Queensland Landcare Awards – Australian Government Landcare Regional Award – for organisational stability, innovation, and capacity to develop valuable and productive partnerships with Landcare groups across one-third of Queensland.

2005 – Winner, Regional Achievement and Community Awards – Community of the Year.