Speech by Helen Cathles, Chair, Invasive Animals CRC

Parliament House, Canberra. Monday 15th October 2012

Neville Stephens: Senators: and everyone, you are all special guests.

Thank you Neville for launching the IA CRC2, it is a privilege to be a part of the greater CRC Association and the remarkable leaps in progress that the collective CRC’s make.

There is a fabulous air in the Hall tonight. This is the Joy and satisfaction of success – Congratulations!

The reward of a successful Extension Bid is due to your hard work and determination – your collaboration through the Vertebrate Biocontrol, Pest Animal Control & Invasive Animals CRC ‘s.

I would acknowledge in particular Peter Allen, Tony Peacock, Susan Duson, Glen Saunders, Steve Lapidge and Andreas Glanznig for their outstanding commitment to ensuring the success of the IA CRC.

Tonight we are Honouring the entire CRC, your achievement and your generosity of spirit. Because it is collaboration that got us here this evening and you cannot have collaboration without a generous spirit.

We have made collaboration work achieving 87% of our projected outputs making a sizeable imprint on invasive animal control Having said that …just picture in your mind the invasive animals space in 5, 10, 20 years – if we were not continuing. That is the landscape we would be operating in! And the only incentive we need to continue.

Look around at your colleagues and networks these are the people that are going to make the difference.

  • innovative & talented
  • dedicated
  • with great creative energy – stepping into tomorrow

Neville please take back to Minister Evans, the Department & DIISR our sincere thanks for the immense opportunity this Extension CRC affords us… and let him know that we do not take it for granted.

We are squarely focused on an ongoing institute – a can do organisation! A national & global business organisation. We’ve put our toe in the international R & D water and… in invasive species it works, time to focus on a nil boarders ongoing institute!

There is a great Dag Hammerscholl quote – Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.

And our eyes are fixed…               Enjoy and celebrate this evening.