Sadly our incredible NRM Project Officer Lance McGuire will be leaving South West Catchments Council at the end of this year. Lance has been an invaluable part of the SWCC team since he joined us in 2017 and will soon be heading off overseas. We wish him all the best on his next adventure!
Lance joined South West Catchment’s Council as part of their ongoing Aboriginal Traineeship Program in June 2017, commencing study in a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management at South Regional TAFE. Immersing himself in his studies and applying his quickly learned knowledge where he could in the field, by the end of 2018 Lance had also completed his Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management.
Assisting projects officers in the field, at schools and community engagement events, Lance’s ‘can do’ attitude made a big contribution to the team. In 2019 Lance took another step forward, participating in insect capture and pinning for classification in SWCC’s pollinator project; drone flying and technical support across programs including the innovative Drone Command school engagement program; traditional ecological knowledge collation and dissemination; and he recently led a three week night project across the coastal areas undertaking Western Ringtail Possum surveys.
Sadly for SWCC Lance is off on his next adventure in late December when he moves overseas. Lance’s wide range of abilities will be sorely missed by the team and community alike.