New project coordinator - Tracey Osbourne

01/04/2022

Kia ora koutou, 

My name is Tracey Osborne and I have recently come on board as project coordinator for the Onetahua Restoration Project.

I’d like to thank my predecessor, Dr. Chris Wheatley, for laying the foundations for a strong operation, and for his part in facilitating a seamless transition - this has really allowed me to hit the ground running. I’ve lived in Golden Bay for 20 years and it is a privilege to be involved in this valuable and challenging mission to rid Onetahua of some of the worst introduced predators that wreak havoc on its vulnerable biodiversity.    

I am passionate that biodiversity matters - all of it. It’s what gives our ecosystems resilience. In supporting us with clean air and water, stable climate and landscapes, and all the other things we take for granted. I think we are really fortunate that this project promises to bring investment into Golden Bay so that we can do more for our biodiversity and offer some new careers based here at the same time.

In getting to know the team, I’m so impressed by the wealth of knowledge and experience coming together and by their enthusiasm and commitment to the work. 
My respect and gratitude extends to the Golden Bay community, who have shown strong support for this project already and a shared sense of purpose with which they tackle invasive pests around their own properties and special areas. 

This is a complex and challenging project that is taking some time to pull together and I appreciate your patience and trust in us, as we progress towards finalising our plan. 

A bit about me… 

I am a marine ecologist who has worked in fisheries and aquaculture development projects in both the public and private sectors. I provide advice on sustainable fishing to commercial shellfisheries in Golden Bay and micro-analysis services to the mussel farming industry. I have volunteered in community-based environmental projects, been a member of the Nelson Marlborough Conservation Board, Golden Bay Community Trust Funding Advisory Committee, and a trustee of Tasman Environmental Trust. I have a keen interest in shore waders and seabirds, and of course the other marine life in the Bay, and can be found most days walking my dog on the beach between Collingwood and Milnthorpe.

Ngā mihi, 

Tracey

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