Board of Directors
South West NRM Ltd's Board of Directors is made up of an Independent Chairperson, Aboriginal Representative, Local Government Representative, Industry Representative, Conservation Representative and a Community (Landcare) Representative.
Mark O’Brien has been a resident of the Murweh Shire for 20 years having moved to Charleville to pursue business opportunities and to provide a small, rural community lifestyle for his family. A qualified accountant, Mark has worked in many areas of commerce including large international corporations as well as small rural businesses.
Mark has been involved in a number of business ventures in the region and owns and operates a distribution business which covers the whole of the south west.
Mark was Mayor of the Murweh Shire Council March 2004 - March 2012 with a conviction about the benefits of a strong team of councillors.
“The Murweh Shire is a diverse shire with a number of communities and the council is committed to an inclusive approach which supports the diversity within the shire. This can be achieved through creative and responsible financial management as well as responsiveness to community aspirations”.
Mark is a staunch supporter of natural resource management particularly in the southwest. Mark has been successful in having the southwest region recognised as ‘the home of natural sciences’; and is heavily involved with the Save the Bilby foundation, the environmental park, Murweh Shire, Regional Planning and the Grants Commission. Mark has developed an extensive partnership network within the areas of natural resource management, media, and politics; and has had continual involvement with South West NRM Ltd on a personal and mayoral level over the past eight years. Mark holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Personnel Management); Degree in Accounting; was the Mayor of Murweh Shire; a local business owner and Ambassador for Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.
Conservation Sector Director
Karen is involved in natural resource management and conservation issues across much of central and southwest Queensland. Karen has been a member of the southwest community for 19 years; she is passionate about the southwest region and has Karen has networking alliances with The Wilderness Society; Pew Environment Group; Cooper’s Creek Protection Group; Australian Floodplains Association; Qld Rural Women’s Network; SW Local Government Association and RAPAD. Karen has partnered South West NRM Ltd in compiling and submitting applications for funding to conduct natural resource management projects throughout the southwest region. Karen holds a Bachelor Of Education; Master of Education; Graduate Diploma of Financial Markets (ASI); Cert IV in Business (Governance) (BSI); Cert IV in Training and Assessment (SQIT); is a local business owner, rural landowner and a Justice of the Peace.
Community Landcare Director
Cathy Zwick brings a diverse range of relevant skills and interests to her role as South West NRM’s Community Landcare Director. Cathy moved to south west Queensland six years ago, having come from a strong land management background. She currently lives with her partner on ‘Allambie Station’ on the Paroo River, where she works with his family running merino sheep for wool and farming cross-bred fat lambs as well as goats and cattle.
Prior to that she spent two years working with Bush Heritage Australia, which is a privately owned and run conservation-based agency that manages ‘Carnarvon Station’. Before settling in Queensland Cathy worked for the government for twenty years as a ranger on national parks in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
Cathy brings a broad understanding of many issues people on the land face, and with that comes ideas for possible solutions.
“During the majority of my working career I have lived and worked in the remote, arid Rangeland and Mulga country of outback Australia and have had the pleasure of working alongside many different land holders, ranging from family owned and operated farming businesses, Indigenous communities and community interest groups through to large corporate enterprises,” Cathy said.
Cathy’s interests include terrestrial and marine photography, which has inspired her to travel around much of Australia and overseas. She is also captivated by what she sees in her own ‘back yard’.
“I have been able to indulge in this hobby particularly within the Murweh Shire, focussing on the diverse flora and fauna of this region along with some of the day-to-day operations within the grazing and farming industries within this diverse region,” Cathy said.
Cathy’s goal is to represent the needs of the community by raising the profile and involvement of Landcare for the purpose of assisting people tackle some of the challenges we all face.
Industry Sector Director
John Parsons was born and bred in the southern highlands of New South Wales. He now lives on ‘Glentuckie’ station located south of Cunnamulla near the New South Wales border, producing fine wool and breeding cattle.
John’s career was largely spent in the mining industry, where he was heavily involved in the research and development of clean coal/energy; and managing the coal processing operations for various companies. This also involved reclamation and rehabilitation of environmentally sensitive mine sites.
“I have a very deep understanding of the mining industry mind-set,” John said.
From 2001, John and his wife Lyn, have been developing the ‘Glentuckie’ operation, as well as his consulting company, ‘Glentuckie Consulting Pty Ltd’, which specialises in reclamation and rehabilitation landscapes.