The Territory’s first NRM Champions Announced


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has congratulated Dustin Hutley and Stephani Grove on their selection as the Territory’s first Natural Resource Management (NRM) Champions.

NRM Champions is a new training package for the pastoral industry that includes a range of exciting and personalised opportunities for these two individuals to develop their skills and knowledge in NRM. The inaugural program attracted several high quality applications from the Territory’s pastoral industry.

The program is funded through the Established Pest Animals and Weeds initiative, part of the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, whichaims to develop stronger farmers and a stronger economy and is delivered by the department on behalf of the Australian Government.

“The Territory has a land‑based economy and good land management practices are critical to its future,” said the department’s Katherine Regional Weeds Manager Tahnee Thompson.

“The NRM Champions program is an exciting initiative that will boost Dustin and Stephani’s understanding of NRM, combined with the relevant skills and experience to support the sustainability of our pastoral industry.

“Dustin and Stephani clearly demonstrated they have a long‑term commitment to the pastoral industry, an active interest in land management and a desire to implement actions leading to sustainable management of our rangelands.”

Mr Dustin Hutley has been head stockman at Birrindudu Station, near the Western Australian border, on the edge of the Tanami Desert, since 2009. Dustin has been highly involved in the implementation of land management programs on Birrindudu including parkinsonia eradication.

Ms Stephani Grove has been at Alexandria Station, 273km east of Tennant Creek, since early 2017. Ms Grove has previously coordinated Landcare programs in southern Queensland. Stephani has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to land management as demonstrated by her current involvement in parkinsonia dieback trials on the Barkly.

“Dustin and Stephani will participate in numerous programs and activities to further build their NRM skills and knowledge during the next 18 months,” Ms Thompson said.

“This will include a trip to Queensland to talk with other pastoralists about the devastating impacts of prickly acacia and learning how to monitor rangelands.

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