SQ NRM CEO Paul McDonald.
SQ NRM CEO Paul McDonald. Contributed

Southern Queensland NRM announces first CEO

SOUTHERN Queensland's new Natural Resource Management group has appointed a new CEO.

Southern Queensland NRM was formed on July 1 this year, bringing the South West NRM, Condamine Alliance, and Queensland Murray Darling Committee into one body.

The group's board of directors has appointed Paul McDonald as the company's chief executive, having worked "extensively” in the sector.

Mr McDonald holds an adjunct associate professorship with the Sunshine Coast University, became a licensed surveyor while working in Roma and Queensland's south-west, and holds post-graduate qualifications in information systems and business innovation.

"I'm really looking forward to the challenges facing the region as the inaugural CEO for Southern Queensland NRM,” Mr McDonald said.

"Southern Queensland has a proud agricultural heritage with a strong Landcare and community natural resource management movement based on the region's rich natural assets and resilient communities.

"I am very keen to listen to the community, industry, government people at all levels, and traditional custodians of our land. My intention is to work with all sectors in the region to ensure Southern Queensland NRM delivers for the people and landscapes of the Murray Darling Basin in Queensland.

Chair of Southern Queensland NRM, Mark O'Brien said Mr McDonald was the ideal person to lead the new regional NRM body.

"Paul's extensive leadership experience, connections within NRM and other sectors, and first-hand knowledge of our region puts Southern Queensland NRM in an excellent position to build a strong and successful organisation,” Mr O'Brien said.

"In the next few weeks the board will work closely with Paul on arrangements for the first general meeting - which will be held in Roma on October 31.

"I encourage anyone with an interest in natural resource management to get on board and be involved with Southern Queensland NRM.”

Residents are invited to become members, follow SQ NRM on Facebook and Twitter (@SthQldNRM) and to sign-up to the company's e-newsletter. Membership forms and more information are available on the website.

Email admin@sqnrm.com.au to RSVP for the general meeting.