Director of Conservation Sector
Sal’s story in conservation and natural resource management has been diverse and rewarding in scope and geography.
Before moving to Cape York, Sal worked with the Queensland regional NRM body in Mackay in freshwater and marine habitat conservation with a particular interest in conservation planning and communications. In rural Queensland she partnered with Aramac, Booringa and Bungil Shires conducting an onground biodiversity survey, on foot, of the travelling stock routes in central outback Queensland. From the survey she developed assessments and GIS mapping of biodiversity hotspots throughout the 800 kilometers of travelling stock routes she walked in this part of the country.
Before venturing over the border from her New South Wales home state around 10 years ago, Sal founded her own environmental, sustainability and total catchment consultancy. She was recruited as community advocate to the NSW State Board for Southern Catchment Management Authority and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Planning Committee.
Sal has worked in conservation management in the USA and Nepal and studied wildlife documentary filmmaking in South Africa. Many years ago, before making the career change to natural resource management, she was an art curator and has a Masters degree in Museum Studies and Fine Arts.
These days Sal holds the position Assistant Manager at the Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s 170,000-hectare Piccaninny Plains Wildlife Sanctuary in the center of the northern Cape York Peninsula. With her partner, Graham Woods, they are active in land management focusing on weed and fire management, and feral animal control, activities critical for providing a secure future for the wildlife, ecosystems and biodiversity of Cape York.
Foundational to everything Sal does is a passion for film and photography that creates an overlay of conservation communication in all that she takes on.