14 May 2018
The Winton Wetlands Committee of Management has announced the resignation of Chief Executive Officer, Jim Grant.
Jim joined Winton Wetlands in the role in April 2013, and during his five-year tenure, he has taken the organisation through a period of successful growth and change.
Jim will be leaving the project in August 2018 to join his wife in Canberra, where she is now employed. Jim stated that “It is time for me to support Ann in her career as she has supported me for so many years. I have given plenty of notice so that the Committee will have the time and capacity to choose the right person for the next phase of the reserve’s development, and because I am keen to complete a number of projects over the next few months.”
Throughout his period in the role, Jim has demonstrated considerable skills in building the organisation’s capacity and increasing its networks in many different sectors. Jim, alongside the committee of Management, has worked to deliver the Future Land Use Strategy. Prior to Mr Grant’s employment the reserve was closed to the public.
Over the past five years, roads, walking tracks and bike paths have been constructed and opened, signage installed, and the Hub and Café established. Effective land management and favourable conditions have allowed wetland vegetation to expand rapidly and ensured the survival of the tens of thousands of trees planted on site, as well as the return of birds and native animals – complemented by growing visitor numbers.
Under Jim’s leadership, Winton Wetlands has increased its viability as an ecotourism destination in the North East.
“I’m very proud of my time and achievements with Winton Wetlands. It will continue to grow, and I thank the committee and the staff for the privilege of working with them,” he said.
Winton Wetlands Committee of Management Chair, Dr O’Brien said “the Committee of Management greatly appreciates the outstanding contribution that Jim has made to the vision and development of the site over his five-year tenure.”
“Without Jim’s perspective on how the wetlands could be transformed into a site of cultural, artistic, historical and ecological significance, the project would not be on the trajectory it is on. That is, as a wetland ecological renewal project and unique tourism venue of national significance.”
“His contribution will be greatly missed, and his replacement will have big shoes to fill. The whole committee was disappointed to hear of Jim’s resignation but we all wish him well in his future endeavours.”
Winton Wetlands continues to grow and transform, and the organisation will soon commence a thorough external search and recruitment process to find a successor for this role.