Cape York NRM welcomed two new Directors, and a new Chairperson, at the company’s recent Annual General Meeting and Board meeting held in Coen on 4 and 5 November.

Emma Jackson, who is the Sector Director for Primary Industries, is the new Chairperson and she said it is an exciting challenge that she will ‘throw her heart and soul into’ for Cape York NRM.

"It is an organisation I am proud to be a part of” Mrs Jackson said. 

“I assisted with the Steering Committee for the establishment of the organisation and never thought becoming Chair would have been possible. I will learn so much working with this great Board and the brilliant staff who carry out their roles because they love what they do and are doing what they love” she said.

Mrs Jackson takes over the ‘Chair’ from former Indigenous Sector Zone Two Director, David Claudie, also a former Steering Committee member. 

“The Board of Directors is extremely grateful for the leadership David has shown as Chairperson, and we acknowledge the contribution he has made, and continues to make, to NRM on Cape York” Mrs Jackson said.

Two new Directors were appointed at the AGM.  Pauline Smith, a Councillor at Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council has become the Director for Indigenous Sector Zone Two, while Barry Lyon returns to the role of Conservation Sector Director.

Community Sector Director, John Giese tended his resignation at the Board meeting following the AGM.

“John was a founding member and has been a Director on the Cape York NRM Board since its establishment in 2010. John has been a driving force for pest management issues and an advocate for the agriculture sector for many years, and we wish him well in his retirement” Mrs Jackson said.

“We also extend our thanks to Shelley Lyon for her contribution to the Conservation Sector over the past two years, including support for establishing the Wenlock Catchment Management Group, and for the upcoming Thoughtful Travelling – Cape York initiative” Mrs Jackson said.

“It’s a challenging time for natural resource management: there are lots of changes nationally to funding and policy; as well as many environmental challenges affecting us here on the ground” said Mrs Jackson.

“Cape York NRM has matured as an organisation, and we continue to provide real representation for Cape York people on natural resource management issues.  We will work hard on the challenges that face us” she said. 

The Annual Community Report for 2014-2015 is available here: Cape York NRM Annual Community Report 2014-2015

The Board of Directors for 2015-2016 are:

Emma Jackson, Director – Primary Industries Sector, Chairperson

Penny Johnson, Director – Local Government Sector, Deputy Chairperson

Sandra Woosup, Director – Indigenous Sector, Zone One

Pauline Smith, Director – Indigenous Sector, Zone Two

Marilyn Kepple, Director – Indigenous Sector, Zone Three

Shane Gibson, Director – Indigenous Sector, Zone Four

John Charlton, Director - Tourism, Small Business, Mining and Other Industries Sector

Barry Lyon, Director – Conservation Sector

Bob Frazer, Company Secretary