The Kimberley’s peak conservation group, Environs Kimberley, has a new Chairperson. At EK’s Annual General Meeting in Broome on 14 November Natalie Davey was elected Chair unopposed. Ms Davey is born and bred in the Kimberley and based in her hometown of Fitzroy Crossing.
Ms Davey takes over from Kate Golson, who has led the EK Board for the past twelve years: a tumultuous period of environmental protection campaigns and building partnerships with traditional owners that has seen EK grow into a multi-faceted organisation.
Natalie Davey - Environs Kimberley's new Chairperson Photo: Damian Kelly
Ms Davey said:
‘Becoming chair of Environs Kimberley, I was excited and apprehensive, and am now eager to take on responsibility for one of this country’s successful regional conservation organisation. EK has worked hard to protect the Kimberley over the past 25 years.
I will do my upmost to continue bringing the standard and heart Kate Golson has put into this role. Her dedication and hard work as Chair over the last 12 years has steered Environs Kimberley’s growth, with strong governance and management combined with creative and innovative practices. We thank her for the extraordinary work she has done.
I came from the Fitzroy River. My jarriny (birth totem) is barramundi, the foundation of my connection and responsibility to country.
For half my life EK has stood strongly and successfully to protect Country; it feels right to continue looking after Country by joining this conservation group.
EK is known state-wide and nationally as an advocacy group. I am keen to share more about the amazing on-ground projects we do with local organisations. It has come a long way since I was a Bunuba Ranger, one of the first ranger groups to partner with EK. We are now working with nine Kimberley ranger groups, from the desert to the sea.
These local partnership projects use the sciences (Aboriginal and western) to continue looking after Country, such as protecting species like the Bilby and Night Parrot.
This comes from many years of building relationships and connections the right way with custodians.
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