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Dom Burden


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Dom started flexing his agriculture muscles by gaining an Associate Diploma Applied Science in Agriculture at University of Adelaide, Roseworthy.  He then got his hands dirty on sheep and cattle stations in South Australia and New South Wales for three years before focussing on dryland cropping, irrigated pastures and stud Merinos for another five.

His career then took a different tack into the mining industry where he worked his way up from field officer to manager of operations for BHP Billiton Mineral Exploration in Chile.

Four years ago, he and his wife took on an 11,000 hectare sheep and cattle property 20 kilometres north-west of Longreach.  Dom is an active Agforce member, and has used his project management, stakeholder liaison, planning and scheduling skills to support the wild dog control effort in the Central West.

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Mike Pratt


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Director

Mike was raised on a Stanthorpe sheep property, and he and his wife run sheep and cattle on their three property aggregation of Waroona, Bellfield and Ban Ban in the Stonehenge district.  Mike is Deputy Mayor of the Barcoo Shire, Deputy Chair Central West Wild Dog Control Fence Steering Committee, along with other community and industry groups.  He is particularly keen on controlling Prickly Acacia, Parkinsonia, wild dogs and feral pigs.

  • Deputy Mayor of Barcoo Shire Council
  • Deputy Chair of Central West Wild Dog Control Fence Steering Committee
  • Director of a private agricultural enterprise (Waroona Station, Stonehenge)
  • Member of Stonehenge Campdraft and Rodeo Association
  • Member of Agforce
  • Certificate in Animal Husbandry (Queensland Agricultural College)
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Ann Ballinger


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Director

Ann’s life, from childhood through work, to marriage and business, has always been closely linked to grazing properties.  When her husband died 15 years ago, Ann took on the running of their Muttaburra district property, Stockholm, quickly gaining the business and property management skills required.  She is on numerous community committees and a keen advocate for mental health in the bush.  Ann is passionate about the inland and its people, and sees education and best practice management as keys to an economically and environmentally sustainable landscape.

  • Director of a private agricultural enterprise (Stockholm Station, Muttaburra)
  • Member of Landsborough Flock Ewe Show (past president)
  • Member of Muttaburra / Aramac Isolated Children’s Parents Association (past president)
  • Member of the Upper Thomson Landcare group
  • Member of Muttaburra Community Development Association
  • Member of Agforce
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Doug Humann


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Director

Doug spent 14 years as CEO of Bush Heritage Australia building the organisation, acquiring reserves and developing partnerships. He has since moved on to set up his own natural resource management, governance and strategy consultancy. Doug serves on a number of boards in addition to Desert Channels Queensland including the South Australian National Parks & Wildlife Advisory Council.

  • Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • 14 years as CEO of Bush Heritage Australia
  • Director of Doug Humann and Associates (natural resource management, governance and strategy consultancy)
  • Member of South Australian National Parks & Wildlife Advisory Council
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Gerry Fogarty


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Director

Gerry is a Bidajara man, born and bred in Barcaldine. He has worked for the Department of Transport and Main Roads in Barcaldine and Brisbane for 42 years, is the vice-chair of the Central West Aboriginal Corporation in Barcaldine, a board member of Wangan and Jagalingou Aboriginal Corporation, and chair of the Georgina Diamantina Cooper Aboriginal Group. Gerry is not only passionate about caring and protecting our country for future generations, but also to see Aboriginal people educated, live healthy lives, be employed and maintain culture. He is committed to being a great role model for younger generations.

  • Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Chair of Georgina Diamantina Cooper Aboriginal Group
  • Vice-chair of Central West Aboriginal Corporation
  • Director of Wangan and Jagalingou Aboriginal Corporation
  • Manager of Capability and Business Systems, Department of Transport and Main Roads (retired)
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Leonie Nunn


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Deputy-Chair

South Australian Outback born & raised, Leonie and her husband have managed a grazing property in the Stonehenge area since 1983. She is a teacher by trade, and has always been heavily involved in community organisations. In 2007, she was elected chair of the Cooper’s Creek Catchment Committee (a position she held for 3 years), and became a board member of Desert Channels Queensland. Leonie also sits on the Lake Eyre Basin Community Advisory Committee. Her passion for, and interest in, the grazing industry extends across the region.

  • Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Director of a private agricultural enterprise (Sunnyside Station, Stonehenge)
  • Member of Lake Eyre Basin Community Advisory Committee
  • past Chair of Cooper’s Creek Catchment Committee

 

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Bruce Scott


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Independent Chair

Bruce was born and bred in Western Queensland. He and his wife own and run Moothandella, a cattle station in the Queensland Channel Country. Bruce spent many years in local government and held the position of Barcoo Shire Mayor for 10 years.

He sits on a number of boards including Remote Area Planning and Development and the Central West Regional Planning and Advisory Committee, and has a keen interest in the environment and responsible land use practices.

  • Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • 12 years as Mayor of Barcoo Shire
  • Director of a private agricultural enterprise (Moothandella Station, Windorah)
  • Member of Central West Hospital and Health Service Board
  • past service on 9 national, state and regional boards and advisory committees
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