List of contributors xiii David Brook is a founding Director, a shareholder and the Chairman of OBE Organic, a company exporting organic beef, since 1998. His family settled on a property near Birdsville in the early 1900s, where he has lived since 1947 on the floodplains of the Lake Eyre Basin. His family now owns about 3 million ha of properties in the region around Birdsville, including Adria Downs. In 2002, he received an Order of Australia for his contribution to the community, local government and the establishment of organic beef production. David has been active in local government for over thirty years, and was elected as Mayor of the Diamantina Shire (the second-largest shire in Queensland) for 13 consecutive years. He was also board member of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, and in 2009 was elected to the position of Chairman. Dr Justin Costelloe from the University of Melbourne has worked on the hydrology of rivers in the Lake Eyre Basin for the past 14 years. He has studied many aspects of Lake Eyre Basin rivers, including monitoring and modelling flow events, mapping flood patterns, and studying interactions between the rivers and groundwater. He is particularly interested in the spectacular boom–bust links between the hydrology of the rivers and their ecological functions. Justin especially enjoys collecting field data and seeing these rivers and their landscapes in their constantly changing moods. Tom Crothers started his career in 1975 in Toowoomba as a Soil Conservation Officer, working in natural resource management until he was appointed in 2004 as a Regional Services Director of the Queensland Department of Natural Resources. In 2006, he was appointed as a senior executive of the department, as General Manager of the Water Allocation and Planning Group. He supervised completion of 11 Water Resource Plans and 12 Resource Operations Plans. He is currently the Director of Stellar Advisory Services, providing specialist services in the water planning and management, rural water policy and water entitlements.
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