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Challenging environment

CAN’T WAIT: Wimmera Catchment Management Authority chief executive David Brennan is looking forward to the challenges of his new role. Picture: PETER MILLER

By PETER MILLER
Horsham’s David Brennan is passionate about his environment and the challenges ahead.
Mr Brennan is the newly appointed chief executive of Wimmera Catchment Management Authority and just can’t wait to get started in the role.
Born and schooled in Horsham, Mr Brennan has worked for the Department of Primary Industries as the acting director of Grains, Farm Services Victoria.
Environmental issues have always been close to Mr Brennan’s heart. As a youngster he spent a lot of time immersed in the natural surrounds of the family farm which was framed by the banks of the Wimmera River at St Helens Plains.
For the past 14 years he has worked in environmental roles with both the DPI and the Department of Sustainability and Environment. Mr Brennan said his roles had also included emergency fire and locust management and more recently agriculture.
“I’ve had a range of experience in all areas from environmental and social to the farm aspect as well,” he said.
Mr Brennan said Wimmera CMA presented challenges but his organisation was not alone.
“There are challenges such as climate variability, protection of threatened species, social issues such as dealing with small towns retaining their young people and maintaining good economy to support growth,” he said.
“I’ll be working closely with the WCMA board and the various stakeholders as well as the community on these issues and others.
“The WCMA represents the Wimmera on a lot of issues and we act as a voice for the region.”
“One of the key attractions for me to pursue this position was the CMA’s vision of people living sustainably and profitably and making sure that natural resources are maintained and flourishing for future generations.
“Whether that’s our farming land our environmental assets or our community, the key to the Wimmera and society in general, is making sure we use our resources in a sustainable manner.”
Mr Brennan said flood management was still number-one priority at WCMA.
“We are currently going through a process of reviewing policies and procedures after community consultation meetings,” he said.
“It’s all about being prepared as a community so we are in a good position if these events happen again.”
Mr Brennan said acting chief executive Don Forsyth had left a big impression in his three months at the helm, after replacing Marcus Thompson.
“I look forward to continuing the momentum that Don has created and will work closely with him as the transition takes place over the first two weeks.”
WCMA board chairman Merryn Eagle said the board was excited about David’s appointment.
“This is a key leadership role for our region and the position attracted quality candidates from across Australia,” Mrs Eagle said.
“We have a very skilled and committed staff and David will have not only have a leadership role there but outside our organisation, he’ll play an important role in relationships with our key stakeholders, community members and all levels of government.”

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Posted on May 25 2011

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