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Vaughan Johnson


Born in Bourke, Vaughan Johnson was a grazier and contractor before entering politics. He was a councillor on Quilpie Shire Council from 1970 to 1973 and entered the Queensland Parliament as the member for Gregory in 1989 and served as an MP until his retirement in 2015.  Vaughan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of politics, communities, small business and the grazing industry.

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Andrew Drysdale


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.

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Mike Pratt


Mike and his wife Sue own and manage  SW of Longreach running Merino sheep, commercial goats, a small Angus stud and a cattle trading operation.
Mike is passionate about the environmental welfare and sustainability of the DCQ region and strongly supports the efforts of all involved to rein in and contain the spread of all Weeds of National Significance.

Mike was raised on a Stanthorpe sheep property, and he and his wife, Sue, run Merino sheep, commercial goats, a small Angus stud and a cattle trading operation on their 40,000 hectare, three-property, Stonehenge-district aggregation of Waroona, Bellfield and Ban Ban.  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 and all other Weeds of National Significance, as well as 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


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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