State Council update – March meeting
Sam Garrett-Jones, Vice-President, National Parks Association of NSW
State Council met in the delightful surrounds of the lower Blue Mountains on Saturday, 3 March 2018. The meeting at the Glenbrook School of Arts was attended by 18 Councillors, including newcomer Julie McInerney (Mid North Coast), and 9 members and staff.
Grahame Douglas, Convenor, Landscape Conservation Forum
Formerly referred to as the Reserves Committee of NPA State Council, the Landscape Conservation Forum considers all aspects of the natural and cultural environment of NSW, including terrestrial, marine, littoral, inter-tidal, scenic landscape, indigenous culture, non-indigenous cultural aspects within a natural setting and geo-diversity on both public and private land.
We are delighted to welcome Ms Alix Goodwin as new CEO of the National Parks Association of NSW.
Alix follows in the footsteps of Kevin Evans, who has held the post since 2009. Kevin finished up on Friday, 4th August, and is moving on to take up exciting new ventures in the beautiful Bellinger Valley area of northern NSW. We greatly appreciate his work and commitment over the past seven and a half years, and wish him all the best for the future.
On Friday 21st July, NPA celebrated Kevin’s 7½ years of amazing commitment to NPA as its CEO. NPA President, Anne Reeves, gave a warm speech of recognition for his achievements.
Kevin came to us from Adelaide Zoo where he had a major role in setting up the then new Panda exhibit. And before that he had a long history of working with animals, particularly birds, including a stint with Taronga Zoo. Kevin’s life long interest in animals, with skills honed by his 28 years experience in a succession of zoologically related employment, means we have been fortunate to have a CEO who has served NPA with amazing commitment as an administrator and campaigner – and a great grasp of animal psychology! Emotional intelligence he calls it.