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Western Port Biosphere Has a New EO!

26 November 2018

Duncan Malcolm, Chair of the Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation, announced at the recent AGM that the Board has appointed Greg Hunt as the new Executive Officer.

“No, not the Flinders MP, whose job as Federal Minister for Health means he’s a bit busy for this job, but rather the Greg Hunt who many in the region will know as the previous Executive Officer of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance” Duncan said.

“Greg brings deep knowledge of the area, broad networks and a great love for Western Port”.

“With his background in education, positions in state and local government and in environmental organisations, his experience will be very helpful as the Biosphere builds upon the body of work delivered over the last 16 years.”

“This is what said to us that he was the best candidate for the job,” Duncan continued.

Greg was originally a science and environmental studies teacher, a bureaucrat writing education policy, Principal of the Zoo School, Education Manager at Melbourne Museum and National Manager of Waterkeepers Australia, before his role with the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance.  He spent time on the Board of Chisholm TAFE, on the Southern Melbourne Committee of Regional Development Australia and on the Central Coastal Board.  He is a keen birdwatcher, twitcher even, and spends much of his leisure time walking the tracks and trails of Australia with his binoculars around his neck.

“I’m very pleased to be back in the region of Western Port, working in the context of conservation and development,” Greg said.

“If we can show models for how these very big challenges for human society can be approached, we will have been very useful indeed.  Where else would we find a place of such environmental significance, natural wonder and community challenge – and it is here on our doorstep.”

“We all have to live somewhere, we consume goods and services and yet we want the best environment possible.  That trying to optimise these legs of the trifecta is very very hard doesn’t mean we don’t try.  We do try, but we try very thoughtfully, very carefully and with the support of the Western Port community,“ Greg argues.

The Board wishes to thank Cecelia Witton, the outgoing EO, for the contribution that she has made.  She will be doing a handover to Greg who takes up the role from late November.

Duncan Malcolm
Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation