Andrew is a past agricultural researcher of natural resource management issues and has developed a very good understanding of the complexity of the regional ecosystems and the trade-offs between alternative uses of the natural assets. Achieving a balance between use of these resources (which often has negative impacts) and preservation of them, such that welfare of current and future generations is maximised, is of paramount importance on the grounds of intergenerational equity.
During his professional career, Andrew has developed a sound understanding of the threats to natural resources, system processes affecting the state of the resource base, options for management and evaluation of these potential interventions. This understanding has helped him appreciate that the actions of landholders, managers and users of the natural resources can have consequences well beyond property boundaries, at the catchment and regional scale.
He has also gained experience in systems analysis at farm, catchment and regional scales through which he has developed a capacity for assessing trade-offs between multiple objectives of alternative interventions. This appreciation and the skill set developed as a researcher, project leader and vegetable grower, will complement the skills of the other Board members in setting the strategic direction for natural resources management on the South Coast.