This is also true with regards to the work being done to minimise negative effects of farming on the Great Barrier Reef. I was very pleased to see that coordination positions that were recommended in my review of Reef Plan Education and Extension have been put into place – and there is an even greater emphasis on evaluation of the impact of such strategies! This bodes well for the effectiveness of the combined government, industry, NGO and NRM body interventions seeking to assist with the change process occurring in farming.
A good development for me has been the opening of the “Brisbane West – Wellcamp airport” just half an hour from my house in Toowoomba! So far, Toowoomba – Sydney flights have started – and one that I have already taken advantage of. The picture shows the new airport at sunset when storm clouds were building over the Darling Downs. The house with the Ivy growing over it is one of the great sites around North Sydney where I stayed while doing some work for MLA.
Finally, I have continued to find time to dabble in acrylic painting. The painting attached was based on a photo that Robyn took of Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic! I am hoping to keep some space open next year for such creative outlets!
Thanks to all those who have worked with me over this year – and may you all have a good break before getting back into things early in 2015!