The Albury Conservation Company (ACC) was established in 2006 to help protect and enhance the natural environment of Thurgoona NSW, and to raise community awareness of these values and engage locals in protecting biodiversity for future generations.
The core function of the ACC is to strategically invest $500,000 funding from the NSW Road Traffic Authority into biodiversity related research, on-ground works, and community education and engagement, principally in the Thurgoona area. The funding provided by the RTA was in recognition that the freeway duplication would impact on local wildlife (particularly the Squirrel Glider), through significant habitat removal and fragmentation. The funds are being spent in accordance with the Albury Conservation Company Strategic Plan (2016 – 2021) and the Thurgoona Threatened Species Conservation Strategy (Davidson, 2004).
The ACC’s Strategic Plan has identified the following main themes as core ACC roles:
(1). Biodiversity Research
(2). On-ground conservation works
(3). Community engagement / education
The Albury Conservation Company is goverened by a Board comprising:
- David Sexton (Chair)
- James Jenkins (Public officer)
- Rob Fenton
- Catherine Allan
- Michael Mulvaney
- Nigel Jones
- Damian Michael
Shona Cowley (NSW Department of Industry – Lands), as manager of the Albury Environmental Lands network, is also an official ‘observer’.
Between July 2011 and June 2015, ACC contracted Nature Conservation Trust of NSW to provide co-ordination services. NCT undertook the contract as a representative of the Slopes to Summit (S2S) partnership, the local project of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GER).
In July 2015, ACC engaged Better State Environments, initially under a two year contract, to deliver co-ordination services, provided by owner/director Sam Niedra. Sam oversees the day-to-day management of Albury Conservation Company as co-ordinator on behalf of the Board. He is also responsible to the Board for strategic planning, performance and operational matters. Sam holds a bachelor degree in Applied Science (Natural Resource Management) and a background in project management, communications, and community engagement relating to environmental projects.
The Albury Conservation Company is a registered environmental organisation and is eligible to receive tax deductible donations through its Thurgoona Biodiversity Trust and Public Fund.