Closing out a big year for NGT with our staff workshop and Annual Report

I am sure I am not alone in feeling like the year has absolutely flown by, so here we are with Christmas upon us again! – which means yes, this is the final NGT newsletter for 2023. Taking a quick glance back at our newsletters over recent months, hasn’t it been another big year?

In the past couple of weeks we had a perfect chance inside NGT to reflect on just how much has happened this year, when we brought our team together for our annual workshop in Robe. With almost 2/3 of staff in attendance, and given that so many of our team work remotely from each other, it was an opportunity to enjoy each others’ company and catch up on a wide range of things that have unfolded over the past 12 months.

As well as hearing from some of our newer team members about their work, such as Ayesha (wetland restoration) and John (grassland restoration at Mt Vandyke), we also heard from Sylvia about our aquatic ecology team’s massive year with reintroductions underway for three threatened aquatic species that have been a focus for NGT for a very long time – the Murray Crayfish, Yarra Pygmy Perch and Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon.

Members of the NGT team who were able to attend the 2023 NGT staff workshop (from left to right).
Front (kneeling): John Bradford, Bryan Haywood, Tessa Roberts, Sylvia Zukowski, Toni Haywood. Back (standing): Richard Crew, Lisa McIntyre, Lachlan Farrington, Ben Taylor, Angela Jones, Paul Drummond, Sheryl Holliday, Ayesha Burdett, Melissa Herpich, Mark Bachmann, Rosemary Wilson, Carmen Bliss, Tom Sheehan, Greg Kerr.

This December, we also recently held our second meeting with NGT’s new Board members, which also included our 2023 AGM. That means we have now approved our latest Annual Report for public release, which you can download here, or read in the pdf viewer below.


To close, and yes I might be biased, but I think the Board and staff at NGT are some of the nicest, most passionate and knowledgeable people going around in the environment sector, not to mention our wonderful supporters, volunteers and partners who underpin NGT’s work to restore native habitats and species across south-eastern Australia. I am very proud to be part of this collective effort, knowing that we really are making an important difference to our landscape – so thanks!

On behalf of everyone at NGT, have a safe and happy Christmas break with your families, and we are looking forward to working with you all again next year!

Mark Bachmann