Condamine Alliance farewells 16 years of history
MORE than 70 people with a shared passion for conservation came together on Monday to farewell natural resource management (NRM) group, Condamine Alliance.
Established in 2002, the not-for-profit was known for working alongside communities in the Toowoomba, Western Downs and Southern Downs regions. They worked to create opportunities to educate and get members involved in the protection of natural resources.
Former professional footballer and catchment landholder, Shane Webcke took to the stage as the Master of Ceremonies (MC) with renowned pastoralist and horticulturist, Jock Douglas, acting as guest speaker.
Condamine Alliance board chair George Moore said the event was well attended and showcased the organisation's collaborative history.
"The event served as a wonderful opportunity to thank those who have been a part of our journey, reflect on our achievements and acknowledge those people who played an integral role in our success,” Mr Moore said.
"There were many stories and achievements shared today about Condamine Alliance.”
Long-serving Condamine Alliance Board Director, Barry O'Shea OAM reflected on his 16-year journey with the organisation. He shared its history from humble beginnings to winning a trifecta of awards in 2012, including the coveted Australian Riverprize.
"It was a great way to celebrate the end of a chapter before the organisation officially transitions to be part of the new NRM organisation, Southern Queensland NRM,” Mr Moore said.
Over the coming months, Condamine Alliance will officially wind down and join South West NRM and the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee as part of Southern Queensland NRM.
The new organisation will be led by inaugural CEO Paul McDonald.
"Moving into the future, we hope that our legacy of working in a collaborative and coordinated way will be woven into the fabric of Southern Queensland NRM,” Mr Moore said.