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CEO reaches 100 days

Rangelands NRM’s new CEO Debra Tarabini-East has now been at the helm for 100 days. Here’s an insight into what she’s been up to.

Over the last three-and-a-bit months, I’ve been settling into the position of CEO here at Rangelands NRM. I’ve been warmly welcomed by staff and board members. It’s a steep learning curve, as I had not worked in the NRM space previously. And there’s certainly a lot of acronyms to learn!

I’ve had a one-on-one with each staff member to gain a real insight into their role, their experience and thoughts about Rangelands NRM of the future. Following this, I’ve redefined the organisations structure. Specific roles that have changed include Dave Blunt (Finance Manager) increasing responsibility as Chief Finance Office and Company Secretary; Quinton Clasen (Innovation & Development Manager) moving across to managing the Operations Team as Program & Specialist Director; and more recently Kane Watson (Regional Landcare Facilitator) stepping into the position of Program Manager (Southern Rangelands) following the departure of Kieran Massie to a new role in Tasmania. We are currently advertising to fill the position of RLF based in the southern rangelands.

I’ve also had the opportunity to visit regional locations in the rangelands.

I attended the State NRM presentation on this year’s grant rounds in Geraldton and got to hear Dr Terry McCosker present about soil health and carbon from agricultural systems.

In Broome, I met with stakeholders attending another State NRM presentation. Then I was shown around Roebuck Station and looked at a rehabilitation site managed by Environs Kimberley.

In Kalgoorlie, I attended the State NRM presentation and met with the team at the Goldfields-Nullarbor Regional Biosecurity Association (GNRBA) and learnt about cactus control using cochineal bugs.

Everyone has been very welcoming and generous with their time to explain the diverse range of projects we are working on throughout the rangelands.
On a board level, I have been investigating how we are governed, reviewing the Constitution and looking at our strategic planning process. We’ve implemented a number of new committees to focus on developing plans for the future strategy.

Rangelands NRM are keen to branch out and seek external funding from a variety of sources and build a sustainable future. With this in mind, I have been meeting with various companies and research organisations to discuss collaboration projects. I’ll be able to update you on this when opportunities become more concrete.

I’ve joined the organisation at an exciting time when we are awaiting news of the Commonwealth Regional Landcare Program funding, and also applying for the State NRM Community Stewardship Grants (Large and Small). The team have been working tirelessly on these negotiations and proposals.

Finally, I would like to extend an invitation to all of our stakeholders to contact me if you would like to meet for a chat. I’d love to hear about your involvement with Rangelands NRM and explore new opportunities for collaboration in the future. Please contact me on debrat@rangelandswa.com.au or arrange an appointment with our Executive Assistant, Amanda on 08 9468 8250.