Russell regretfully leaves post

THE CHAIRMAN of the Burnett Mary Regional Group has resigned for personal reasons.

Russell Stewart has asked the group’s board of directors for an early release from his contract. He will finish his duties in March.

Mr Stewart has been chairman of the group for almost four years. He said the decision to resign was difficult.

“I have worked hard to make major improvements to the way that our group conducts its important business of repairing our local environment,” he said.

“I strongly believe that more reforms are needed and I would love to continue with this challenge but I must consider the needs of my family.”

He said some of his significant achievements as chair include:

Overseeing more than $25 million dollars in project works to address environmental problems

Restructure of the group operations, including the appointment of a new CEO

Signing a Memorandum of Understanding outlining a partnership with traditional owners within the region

Development of commercial business Earthtrade, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Burnett Mary Regional Group.

Successful nomination of the Great Sandy Biosphere, achieving international recognition

Significant amendments to the group’s constitution



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