Julie Boyd was elected Chair of Reef Catchments Limited in 2016. As a former long-serving Mayor of Mackay, the role is an excellent fit for Julie, who has always had an interest and involvement in the natural resources sector.
Julie is Reef Catchments first Chairwoman and is excited to have a hand in protecting our natural environment while supporting the growth aspirations of the regional community.
“Nearly every person wants to protect natural assets but they don’t always know what that means or what they might be able to do. Sustainability is essential to everything that we do. It is not just environmental sustainability but also social and economic sustainability,” Julie said.
“We must be cognizant of our surroundings and the people with whom we interact to ensure that we continue to have a great quality of life without destroying communities and the natural environment.”
Julie was elected as the first female Mayor of the City of Mackay and retained that role for 11 years from 1997 to 2008 when she chose not to recontest the election. She has been involved in Local Government for 16 years.
In her time as Mayor, Julie was involved in and championed many projects linked to the natural resources sector. From the establishment and construction of the effluent reuse scheme, to building new solid waste and recycling facilities, introducing a wildlife/bush land levy, producing a vegetation management plan with extensive mapping, and constructing the botanic gardens to showcase native vegetation, to name a few.
Julie is an experienced company director and has expertise in strategy, governance and the Not for profit sector. She is a Director on several Boards.
Julie lives on a property close to Mackay, where she has undertaken revegetation works, planting 750 trees that are particular to the notophyll vine forest. The property has had a Nature Refuge status for a decade.