Although planning is essential, don’t get ‘bogged down’ in the paperwork. Get your project underway to feel like you are achieving something. Start by communicating with other stakeholders and undertaking simple tasks. Seeing a project implemented successfully may encourage others to contribute.

Refer to the project plan regularly and monitor that tasks are being achieved according to their target date and cost. If you are straying off track, don’t panic! Review the tasks ahead and adjust timeframes accordingly. Communicate regularly with your partners so everyone knows how the project is progressing.

Provide notice to the funding body, in advance, if you think you will not achieve a milestone or the project will run past its original deadline. Funding bodies will often understand the pressures involved with undertaking on-ground works, especially around rivers, creeks and wetlands.