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Meet Dennis Gannaway - SEQ Catchments' new Southern Area Manager

Meet Dennis Gannaway - SEQ Catchments' new Southern Area Manager

Friday, April 22, 2016


... has planted a lot of trees, likes riding a long way on a bicycle, enjoys getting into the bush as much as possible and relaxing with friends, good food…..and wine.

Where am I from and what have I done so far?

South Africa originally. My family and I arrived in Adelaide in Jan 2000, where I completed my Bachelor of Environmental Management degree at Flinders University after a background in media marketing and distribution. 

Working with the Weeds of National Significance programme took me all over southern Australia, helping people to manage weeds which, ironically, came from Southern Africa. 

A move to Queensland saw me working with Brisbane City Council delivering the 2 Million Trees Project, as well as developing strategy and directing on ground pest management, habitat restoration and community engagement projects. 

After a short stint with Conservation Volunteers Australia, I took a 1400km bicycle pilgrimage across Japan and walked as many of the QueendlandGreat Walks as possible. Now I am back and excited to get projects moving on the ground again.

What's my environmental inspiration?

As a kid I travelled extensively and was exposed to nature in its various amazing forms. Growing up in Africa, I roamed freely in the bush with Scout groups and friends. Bushwalking in remote areas, in the Drakensberg mountains and wilderness areas south of the equator, taught me a great respect for nature, particularly those elements that had a desire to eat me. 

I also witnessed the impact humans are having on wild and built environments and came to realise I could make a difference by undoing some of the damage done and righting some of the wrongs of the past. 

What has been the most satisfying work I have been involved with so far?

The 2 Million Trees Project is a standout. Over four years this project saw over 450ha of previously open space revegetated within Brisbane's urban footprint. Today it is very satisfying to see a fully functioning little forest growing in what was a weedy paddock. 

Other great projects including releasing biological control agents to manage asparagus weed and working volunteers and landholders to protect threatened and endangered species. 

If you were talking to a young person thinking of getting involved in the environmental movement what would you say to them?

Don't wait, get involved now. It does not matter what your education level or skill sets are; there is always room for you.

Tips for success?

Passion. Do what you want, not what you think you have to.

Contact Dennis

Mobile: 0407 001 916