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Arid Lands Environment Centre annual report 2011 - 2012



Arid Lands Environment Centre annual report 2011 - 2012


Arid Lands Environment Centre


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Arid Lands Environment Centre

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Alice Springs


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2011 - 2012

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Arid Lands Environment Centre Annual Report 2011-2012 4 ALEC Coordinator Report: 2011-12 was a year of consolidation for ALEC. The tightening up of governance and management processes while ensuring the organisation holds true to its vision of healthy futures for arid lands and people was the theme for 2011-12. The approval of ALECs Strategic Plan 20122015 laid the foundation for ALEC to work as one organisation as opposed to the collection of projects and programs that have previously defined it. The diversity of ALECs scope and scale of operations is testament to the passionate people who share the vision and work tirelessly to ensure that ALEC is on the path to achieving it. The growing capacity of ALEC both administratively and operationally has been largely due to the recruitment of the Business and Operations Manager and the Communications and Campaigns Officer. The creation of these positions was a decision by the Management Committee (MC) in late 2011 in response to an organisational assessment of ALECs strategic needs. The increased capacity has enabled the finances and management processes to be tightened to reflect the growing needs of the organisation while significantly boosting the communicative potential of ALEC to new levels. We are in exciting times and sharing it widely through the new website, Facebook, Twitter, local media and events. The strategic aims of ALEC are reflected in the layout of this years Annual Report. In previous years, the annual report has detailed the activities of the various projects and programs of ALEC. This year, we are reporting ALECs achievements in the context of its strategic aims and goals. This integration allows the reader to see where ALEC is going rather than catching up on where it has been. The arid lands of Central Australia are a vast and complex region that has many pressures impacting on the health of its ecosystems and people. As an organisation, ALEC aims high and works hard. Balancing research, advocacy, education, and program delivery ALEC has a rich history and extensive network of people to draw from. Moving forward, ALEC continues to build a strong and resilient organisation that remains a vocal yet trusted member of the community. 2011-12 was an exciting year that saw the Alice Springs Community Garden blossom into a beautiful and productive community space. desertSMART COOLmob is building on this, by shifting focus towards sustainable food systems as part of its community resilience strategy. The desertSMART EcoFair grew into a 3-day event in August aligned with National Science Week. The increase of staff as a result of the Alice Water Smart Homes and Businesses has created a vibrant ALEC workplace, and the program is on track to achieving its water saving targets by mid- 2013. All of this while ALEC gets back to its roots by organising land management and biodiversity workshops. For a small sized organisation, ALEC is making substantial impact and though the challenges we face are huge, the determination for a healthy future grows stronger. Jimy Cocking ALEC Coordinator

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