Andrew Drysdale is an NRM stalwart. A former Charleville district grazier, immediate past CEO of NRM Regions Queensland, former CEO of the Queensland Murray Darling Committee, current Chair of the Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum Community Advisory Committee, and long-time supporter and friend of DCQ, Andrew stepped into the DCQ Chair role in November 2018.
After growing up in the Augathella district running his own place for 16 years, a fear of boarding school fees motivated him to move to Toowoomba where he carved a career in helping land managers with issues like salinity, weeds, feral animals, habitat protection and erosion control.
Equally at home in the corridors of Parliament House or around the back of a mob of sheep, Andrew is acutely aware of the challenges facing small, remote NRM organisations like DCQ. Challeges such as competing with world-renowned icons such as the Great Barrier Reef for shrinking available funds, and trying to get governments to understand the real cost of doing business in remote Australia, and attracting funding and staff away from the high population areas.