Staff farewells

The last few months has seen the Authority farewell a number of members of our team. Our colleagues have made extraordinary contributions to the Authority during their tenures and although we are sad to see them go we wish them all the best in their new ventures. 

Lana Lopatich

Lana served a whopping 19 years with the Authority devoting her tireless energy and enthusiasm to our community engagement events and activities. Many will know Lana from her work with schools, visitor centres, and community groups, and  pulling together numerous Cassowary Awards, Eco-art and poster competitions and more recently the Wild Talks and Wild Exposure series.

Lana has extensive knowledge of the World Heritage Area after also serving as a ranger with QPWS in the 1990s. Apart from her excellent organising abilities, for the staff at the Authority Lana was renowned for her delightful treats she would cook up for morning teas. Lana and hubby have moved to Brisbane to run their new business venture which incidentally involves bikes and a cafe.


Zoe Andolfatto

The Authority also said goodbye to Zoe Andolfatto who was a member of the Aboriginal Partnerships team for nearly four years. Zoe  was instrumental in kick-starting the Authority’s Rainforest Aboriginal grants program. Zoe is a great networker and made numerous friends and colleagues across the Wet Tropics. Recently, Zoe was seconded to EHP to work on the Land and Sea Ranger Program.

Zoe had a positive attitude to life and always enjoyed good conversation and a good giggle. Zoe has also headed off to Brisbane with her family and we are sure she will be every bit as successful there as she was in Cairns.



Shona Smith

Our resident graphic artist completed her contract with the Authority at the end of June. Shona has been the creative brains and artistic influence behind many of the Authority’s events and products over the last two years including the branding for the 2016 Cassowary Awards, Eco-art, Wild Talks, and Wild Exposure displays and more recently refreshing the Authority’s brand. Shona designed much of the Authority’s communication material during her tenure and held the social media mantle for some time. With Shona now turning her attention to her business ‘Shonart’, the Authority has much to remind us of this creative spirit. 


Sam Davis

Sam also completed his contract at the end of June. Sam had been our media go to person since January.  Sam made the Authority’s presence felt on social media and through his media forays. Another creative spirit through the written word, Sam could spin a story to interest everyone. We lost Sam to the Cairns Post and know they have gained an asset imprinted with World Heritage values.




Staff farewells

Published: 06th Jul 2017

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