Conservation Council appoints new Executive Director

The Conservation Council ACT Region has appointed a new Executive Director to lead the organisation in its mission to ensure that Canberra is a sustainable city that protects and values its natural assets.

Today on behalf of the Conservation Council Board, President Rod Griffiths announced Helen Oakey as the Executive Director.

“Helen brings to the position extensive experience in environmental advocacy as well a keen understanding of issues facing Canberra and the ACT with regards to protecting biodiversity and responding to climate change after time spent as a senior adviser in the ACT Legislative Assembly,” said Rod.

“It’s a very exciting time in Canberra to think about how we live sustainably into the 21st century,” said Helen.

“There is a growing understanding in the wider community of the impact that people have on our local environment, in regards to waste, transport and urban development. Individuals and groups across the community are working hard to find new and innovative ways we can step more lightly on the planet.

“Canberra is doing many things right in its efforts to be environmentally sustainable, particularly in regards to greenhouse emissions, and has a fantastic opportunity to showcase best practice across other areas of environmental management.

“But we have more work to do: improving public transport, changing that way we think about waste recovery and resource use, ensuring thoughtful development, protecting our waterways, and reducing our use of fossil fuels such as gas are all challenges ahead.

“I am really looking forward to working with member groups, government and the community to harness the amazing expertise and knowledge within the Conservation Council to put forward the best options for improving sustainability in the ACT and region,” said Helen.

Helen has started with the Conservation Council this week. Come to our offices and say hello!

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