As you receive our Bunuru newsletter, we have successfully completed the 18th Annual WA Wetlands Conference that brought together dignitaries, community leaders, wetland voices, activists, and academics. We saw the use of the Centre’s new facilities and the beautiful Cockburn Wetlands Precinct. And, we had many takeaways.
I wish to thank all the sponsors, volunteers, staff, and participants who dedicated their time and energy towards this event. The Conference was a resounding success considering all perspectives. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new members who are joining us as supporters and stakeholders to the Centre.
COVID-19 still continues to influence how we live and work. And so, from the Conference, to our day-to-day activity at the Centre, we continue to take measures, supporting government rules and regulations that ensure the Centre remains a safe and secure community hub for wetland interactions.
Towards this, there have been a few endeavours organisation-wise to ensure that the Centre is up to the mark for facing new and emerging challenges. The board endorsed the appointment of a voluntary Acting General Manager, Karl Haynes. He comes with many years of hands-on community and corporate experience to drive this change. We have also seen continual successes with the grants from Lotterywest and NRM that infuse life into many of our projects this year.
Beyond this, we stay committed to our strategic objectives – of Leadership, Reconciliation, Sustainability, and Partnerships. We have driven these commitments through the program of the Conference this year that saw a switch in the delivery framework. We are committed to continue to find avenues for expressing them in every way possible as the year unfolds.
We are also committed to expanding our reach and growing wetland awareness through all the work that we do and through good governance. The future looks bright for the Centre and I thank you for your continued involvement and support.
Thomas E Perrigo OAM
Chairperson, The Wetlands Centre Cockburn