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Desert Channels Queensland Inc (DCQ) is a community-based natural resource management body that works to ensure a sustainable social, economic and environmental future for the Queensland section of the Lake Eyre Basin.
We have worked with the community to develop a natural resource management (NRM) plan, Protecting Our Assets, that addresses issues identified by the community. DCQ provides funding, information and technical support to help our community look after our natural assets now and for the future.
DCQ is a coming together of the community to ensure a sustainable future for the region. It is made up of a Board, staff, implementation groups and the community.
The DCQ community is all those people who call the Queensland section of the Lake Eyre Basin home. Pastoralists, Indigenous groups, townspeople, industry, governments (local and State), and conservationists are all members of the DCQ community; they all have an interest in the future of the region.
Three implementation groups cover the region: the Georgina Diamantina Catchment Committee; the Cooper's Creek Catchment Committee; and the Desert Uplands Build Up and Development Strategy Committee. Community members sit on these committees and work to implement the projects funded through DCQ.
The operations of DCQ are supported by 19 staff based in Longreach. The staff members provide administrative, coordination, project management, mapping, information management, publications and communication support across all areas of DCQ work.
DCQ is a regional body that sources funding from the Australian and Queensland governments to deliver NRM in our region.
We are one of 14 Queensland and 56 Australia-wide regional natural resource management bodies. These bodies are part of the regional arrangements between the Australian and state governments to deliver natural resource management programs across Australia.