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New Executive Officer to progress work of Biosecurity group

[December 2014]

A newly-appointed Executive Office at the Meekatharra Rangelands Biosecurity Association (MRBA) will assist the group to move forward with vermin cell work and funding applications.

At the MRBA Annual General Meeting on 24 November 2014, Chair Ashley Dowden announced that Geoff Brooks, former CEO of the Shire of Mount Magnet, would be employed full-time with the group for a period of five months.

The position has been funded by Rangelands NRM through the WA State NRM office.

Mr Dowden said Geoff brings a massive amount of experience in administration, finance and executive support.

He has been involved with the MRBA in the past and has attended baiting days and other group activities.

He has managed the vermin cell project up to date and we would like him to continue on with this, until we are successful with the funding application for the last section.

“I am looking forward to working with Geoff well into the future,” Mr Dowden said.

Mr Dowden said having an Executive Officer on board will make all the difference for the MRBA.

Members are all business people with a heavy workload which doesn’t give us much time to concentrate on the nitty gritty of running a recognised biosecurity group.

We’ll see things move forward in leaps and bounds.

In 2014, with assistance from the WA Department of Agriculture and Foods’ (DAFWA) Invasive Species Officers in the Southern Rangelands, the MRBA developed wild dog and large feral herbivore management plans, which will guide the group’s management activities over the next 3-5 years.

An integral part of the MRBA Executive Officer’s role will be coordinating the implementation of these plans.

Image: Meeting of the MRBA (M.Clunies-Ross)