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Merry Christmas from Cape York NRM

The Cape York NRM Board would like to wish the Cape York community and visitors to this special region a safe and happy festive season.

‘On behalf of the Board and staff I would like to wish everyone a joyous Christmas and New Year,’ Cape York NRM Chair Emma Jackson said.

Vice Chairperson and Community Sector Director Trevor Meldrum thanked Cape York NRM members and community delivery partners for their support during 2019.

‘I wish everyone all the best and a happy Christmas and merry new year, the Cape way,’ Trevor said.

Tourism, Small Business, Mining and Other Industries Sector Director John Charlton wished everyone a merry Christmas – from the very top of Cape York.

‘All the best from John Charlton here at Seisia. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the communities of Cape York. We’ve made good progress this year and are looking forward to continuing Cape York NRM’s work into 2020.’

Indigenous Sector Directors Joseph Elu, Pauline Smith and Eric Rosendale, Conservation Sector Director Sally Gray and Local Government Sector Director Desmond Tayley also wished everyone a joyous, and sustainable, holiday season.

‘Sustainability is about reducing, reusing, recycling, upcycling, making and mending,’ Emma said.

‘It’s is also about looking after ourselves – there are lots of pressures at this time of year.

‘It’s important to step back if you need to. There’s a lot of pressure at this time of year to spend, to do, to go, to buy, to visit, or be visited. Think about what’s manageable for you, and go with that.

The truth is, in the midst of the food, festivities and fun, Christmas can be lonely, expensive and stressful and I encourage everyone to reach out if you are finding things hard.

‘I also encourage people to ‘reach in’ and ask your friends, family and colleagues if they are ok. Often people find it hard to speak up when they are struggling so checking in can make a real difference. Letting people know you are there if they need to talk can make a big difference.’