The 2003 fire emergency, post fire recovery works and subsequent unprecedented demand on staff time, have resulted in the Australian Alps Liaison Committee (AALC) taking the unusual decision to combine two financial years into this one report covering the period 2001-2003.
However during this reporting period we have made substantial progress in achieving the mission and terms of agreement defined in the Memorandum of Understanding which drives the Australian Alps cooperative management plan.
The report sets out numerous significant achievements across the Key Result Areas in the Strategic Plan. These reflect the considerable success of the Australian Alps cooperative management program, and indicate its relevance to land managers, stakeholders and the wider community. The outcomes demonstrate the high value placed on the continuing role and activities of the AALC in fostering innovation, and providing a forum for staff networking and coordination across the Australian Alps national parks.
On the one hand, this period has been one of the most rewarding periods in the history of the cooperative management program, while on the other hand it has been one of the most challenging, as we have joined together to celebrate the mountains and their unique values, and shortly after to protect them from extensive bush fires.