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SA's NRM Council
and Crystal Brook
farmer Andrew Inglis
says the appointment
of two new members
would bring "great
benefits" to the
council whose major
focus this year is
with business and
NRM council boosts skills
By PAULA THOMPSON
THE skills set of the South
Australian Natural Resource
Management Council is set to
be broadened with the appointment
of two new members.
The nine-member council is
the state's peak natural resource
management body and provides
monitoring, advocacy and policy
advice for the management of its
Catherine Cooper and Helen
Lamont will begin their terms with
the council in April.
Presiding member Andrew Inglis --
who farms at Crystal Brook -- has been
reappointed, as has deputy presiding
member and Conservation Council of
SA nominee Tim Milne.
Jill Woodlands has been appointed
as deputy member to support Mr
Mr Inglis has served as the presiding
member for the past three years, and
is starting another three-year term in
He said the appointments of Ms
Cooper and Ms Lamont would bring
great benefits to the council.
"These appointments provide the
council with some very useful skills
sets," he said.
Mr Inglis cited Ms Cooper's previ-
ous roles as director of Rural Solutions
and general manager of Elders Limited
as bringing a strong knowledge of
Ms Lamont also brought a thorough
knowledge of the farming sector,
through previous roles with PIRSA.
Mr Inglis said it was an exciting
time for the council.
"Last year one of our significant
achievements was an agreement
between the NRM council, Department
of Environment, Water and Natural
Resources, PIRSA and Primary
Producers SA," he said.
"From that agreement, we saw the
establishment of an agricultural NRM
group, which is now up and running,
including the appointment of a per-
son to help facilitate communication
between the groups and to strengthen
"PPSA executive chairman Rob
Kerin has been a strong supporter
of strengthening communication
between NRM groups and the
agricultural community, because
ultimately, we all share the same
Mr Inglis said a major focus for
the NRM council this year would be
strengthening links between the NRM
council and the business and industry
"Another priority for the council is
strengthening the links between NRM
interests and the wider community,"
"We're looking at the linkages
between NRM interests and the health,
mining and finance sectors.
"Tourism is another area we're look-
ing at, and ensuring we maintain
attractive parks and gardens.
"We have a very good team at the
moment, and I think that with the
two additional members, it will make
sure we maintain a very good skills set
right around the table."
DEWNR chief executive Allan
Holmes said new and existing mem-
bers brought a great deal of knowledge
and experience to the council.
He acknowledged the contribution
of outgoing members Brian Foster
and Dianne Ashby, whose terms end
in April 2014.
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Equestrian community farewells event stalwart Jim Dunn
BOTH floors of the Heysen Chapel
at Centennial Park were packed
to overflowing on December 9 as
members of the equestrian com-
munity gathered to say goodbye
to Jim Dunn, who died the previ-
ous week after a long battle with
Friends ranged from Olympic
competitors and officials to junior
members of the Strathalbyn
Showjumping Club, and messages
were sent from representatives of
the eventing world overseas.
James Lavington Dunn (his
friends always teased him about
the 'Lavington') began his career
with horses at the age of five
when he rode a pony to school,
and quickly progressed to the
Strathalbyn Showjumping Club
and the hunting field, along with
his parents Charlie and Bet Dunn,
He stayed with the Strathalbyn
club for the rest of his life, as
instructor, event facilitator, com-
mittee member and president, but
it was in eventing that Jim found
his true role.
He was a member of the SA
branch of the Australian Eventing
Committee for 21 years including
six years as its chairman, and was
chairman of the National Eventing
Committee from 1981 to 2009.
He was also a qualified FEI
international judge for eventing
and showjumping, and a member
of the grand jury at various
international three day events.
He was chairman of Australia's
national eventing selectors for
more than 20 years, and in his role
as Chef d'Equipe (team manager)
for the Australian Olympic Games
eventing team, he joined coach
Wayne Roycroft and vet Denis
Goulding to make a formidable
management trio, which was
instrumental in Australia's gold-
medal winning performances at
the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics.
Jim was awarded his OAM for
services to equestrian sports
in 2004 and inducted into the
Sporting Hall of Fame that year.
Jim also had flair, imagination
and entrepreneurial skills.
After establishing a stockfeed
business from his Ashbourne home,
he designed the first machine to
compact hay bales for export, a
system widely used today.
A striking-looking man with gen-
tlemanly manners, Jim had style.
He also had charm, personality
and a large dose of charisma.
Throughout his funeral service
and the eulogy given jointly
by Denis Goulding and Wayne
Roycroft, Jim's casket stood
covered with an Australian team
horse rug and flanked by his rid-
ing boots, helmet and the Olympic
torch he carried toward Sydney in
After the service we walked
past, leaving the traditional sprig
of rosemary, reflecting on our
own memories of Jim.
To some, he was a team
manager. To some, a coach and
mentor. To some, a committee-
room colleague. To everyone, he
was a dear friend who will be
remembered with great affection,
and sadly missed.
Along with coach Wayne Roycroft
and vet Denis Goulding, Jim Dunn
was instrumental in managing
Australia's gold medal-winning teams
at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics.
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