They say that time flies when you are having fun – and we sure have had an interesting ride over the first 2 years at NGT since the organisation was formally launched on the 16th January 2012!
The first couple of years have seen us introduce a new concept for how a regionally-based NGO can work and I hope that you will agree that we are beginning to have a really positive impact in Victoria and SA.
As always, our focus remains on filling gaps, working pro-actively with locals and partnering with other NRM organisations – using our expertise to help get things done.
A few highlights from the first couple of years include:
- opening the Cross-border Community Nursery and a small office in Mount Gambier;
- a number of significant wetland restoration projects on public and private land under way, including Gooseneck Swamp, Long Swamp and the wetland restoration program on private land;
- continuing with an emphasis on native fish ecology and conservation, started over 10 years ago by Dr Michael Hammer under the Aquasave name, now operated by NGT;
- a range of other biodiversity related research, conservation and education projects being delivered;
- the purchase of NGT’s first Habitat Restoration Reserve – Eaglehawk Waterhole – in the Upper South East, just west of the Little Desert NP near the SA/Vic border; and,
- now having staff based as several locations across our focal region, such as: Warrnambool (Vic), Narrawong (Vic), Mumbannar (Vic), Mount Gambier (SA – main office location) and Goolwa (SA).
A big thank you to everyone that has worked with us, and in doing so helping to get the NGT experiment up and running – this simply wouldn’t be working without you!
We’re looking forward to another positive year ahead, and hope to keep in touch with you throughout 2014.