Albury Conservation CO LTD (also known as Albury Conservation Company) was established in 2006 to help protect and enhance the natural environment of Thurgoona / Wirlinga (the major urban growth area of Albury, NSW) and to raise community awareness of these values and engage locals in protecting biodiversity for future generations.
OUR VISION AND MISSION
The vision of Albury Conservation Company (ACC) is for Albury / Wodonga to be recognised as a leading example of how to successfully balance urbanisation with the protection of threatened species.
ACC’s mission is to help maintain viable populations of local threatened species through implementing scientific research, undertaking on-ground conservation actions and working with the local community and key stakeholders responsible for managing biodiversity.
OUR STRATEGIC FOCUS
The core function of 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 – spcifically in the Thurgoona / Wirlinga landscape. The funding provided by the RTA was in recognition that the freeway duplication would impact on local wildlife (including the Squirrel Glider), through significant habitat removal and fragmentation.
The funds are being invested in accordance with the Albury Conservation Company Strategic Plan (2016 – 2021), which identifies the following main focus areas:
(1). Biodiversity Research
(2). On-ground conservation works
(3). Community engagement / education
Albury Conservation Company’s Board consists of the following seven volunteer Directors:
David Sexton (Chair)
James Jenkins (Public Officer)
James Jenkins has been the Public Officer and Director of Albury Conservation Company for over 13 years.
For over 10 years until retiring in June 2019, James was the Director of the Community and Recreation at Albury City Council with duties including community development and services, children’s services, cultural services, the development of Murray Art Museum Albury, library and museum facilities, as well as parks, natural areas, recreation and leisure facilities.
James has significant local government and governance experience. He has also been a Director of Parks & Leisure Australia for over ten years; four of those as Finance Director. He has been Chairperson of the Wonga Wetlands Conservation Association and has recently joined the Board of the nationally-accredited Flying Fruit Fly Circus based in Albury/Wodonga.
James is passionate about integrating the social and cultural aspects of our lives with the natural and built environment. He also has a desire to see local natural and modified environments that are sustainable.
Dr Catherine Allan
Dr Michael Mulvaney
Dr Damian Michael
Dr Damian Michael has been a Director of Albury Conservation Company since 2016.
After graduating with Honours from Charles Sturt University in 2001, Damian has enjoyed a diverse career as an artistic gymnastics instructor, small business owner and operator, environmental consultant, and ecologist with the Australian National University, where he gained experience in threatened species conservation and management in agricultural landscapes, state forests and protected areas. During his 18 years at ANU, Damian implemented and managed several long-term biodiversity monitoring programs, was a project leader with the National Environmental Science Program’s Threatened Species Recovery Hub, and published over 100 scientific articles, including two award winning books.
Damian is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, where he is investigating the ecological benefits of environmental water, and the ecology and conservation of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes.
As an internationally recognised leader in the field of herpetology, Damian is deeply passionate and committed to engaging local communities in conservation projects, raising the profile of threatened species management in modified landscapes, and communicating science to a broader audience.
In addition to our Board of Directors, Shona Cowley (NSW Department of Industry – Lands), as manager of the Albury Environmental Lands network, is also an official observer.
Albury Conservation Company does not employ staff, however we do engage private contractors to help us deliver our strategic plan.
Better State Environments
Since July 2015, ACC has engaged Better State Environments 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 diverse background in project management, communications, fundraising and community engagement/capacity-building relating to environmental projects.
Since April 2018, ACC has engaged DM Ecological to implement Albury Conservation Company’s Squirrel Glider Monitoring Program across Thurgoona / Wirlinga. Owner Dylan McWhinney, a qualified ecologist (BEnvSci, CEnvP, MEIANZ), has completed three seasons of monitoring that has targeted Squirrel Gliders, in addition to undertaking bird surveys and habitat assessments at a subset of the 65 sites monitored each season.
Albury Conservation Company is a registered environmental organisation and is eligible to receive tax deductible donations through our Thurgoona Biodiversity Trust and Public Fund. Donations big and small are greatly appreciated. Biodiversity decline is a global crisis, but YOU CAN HELP in your own backyard.