Douglas Shire residents are being encouraged to take advantage of an ‘Emerging Leader’ opportunity on the board of Terrain NRM.
Outgoing emerging leader Megan Kadic has described the one-year mentoring and knowledge-exchange program as “inspiring”, saying she learned about everything from Board processes and strategic planning to soil health, habitat protection and water quality projects in the region.
Ms Kadic, who is Director of Sales at The Novotel Cairns Oasis, said the program was open to people from across all industry sectors and was especially for people with a passion for the environment or sustainable agriculture – or better still both.
“This is a relatively new program that gives younger people in our region the chance to advise and learn in a boardroom setting,’’ she said.
Terrain NRM Board Chair Keith Noble said the emerging leader program was a win-win for those involved.
“We learn as much from our emerging leaders as they learn from us,’’ he said. “Our inaugural emerging leader, Rhiannon Simcock, is now a director on our Board.”
Terrain NRM is an independent not-for-profit environmental organisation that works with the Wet Tropics community to promote sustainable use of the land and waterways that support our communities. With a team of 40 staff and four offices across the region in Cairns, Innisfail, Atherton and Tully, Terrain NRM’s highly skilled workforce includes specialists in sustainable agriculture, soil, water, biodiversity, planning, co-design, community and indigenous engagement, capacity building and program and project delivery. Since 2003 they have worked with more than fifty organisations and hundred of farmers and land managers to develop and implement a range of projects varying in scale from $30,000 to $15,000,000.
Collaboration is at the heart of everything they do.
The organisation works with farmers on projects that improve soil health, the landscape and water quality flowing to the Great Barrier Reef. It also works with community groups and local governments on projects to improve habitat.
IMAGE: New ‘Emerging Leader’ opportunity: Megan Kadic, pictured with Terrain NRM Board Chair Keith Noble, says it has been inspiring to advise and learn from Board members.