The Members’ Council is at the heart of the National Landcare Network.
It is the representative structure that enables the NLN to gather information about matters that are important to the people who are working to protect Australia’s productive landscapes, and unique habitats and species. It is made up of volunteers and some Landcare staff from each state and territory, each of whom send up to three representatives to participate. It is a brand new body, meeting for the first time in September 2016.
Find out who your representatives are below. For more information about how to get in touch with your Landcare representative body, visit the States and Territories page on this site.
Rod is the Executive Officer of Landcare Tasmania, taking on this role after 25 years of running an environmental consulting business including eight years as CEO of Natural Resource Planning Pty Ltd, of which he remains a Director and Chair. He has an extensive background in providing scientific and planning services to a wide range of clients, including primary producers, land management organisations, local government planners, Australian State and Commonwealth governments, natural resource management organisations, forestry companies, organisations working on government funded land management projects and national and global non-government organisations. Rod is a member of the Ecological Society of Australia, Water Stewardship Australia, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy’s Conservation Science Advisory Council and CEO Tasmania. Rod brings a unique blend of scientific expertise and business management to the Landcare scene, including a strong emphasis on organisational development and change management.
Kaye grew up on a farm in the Yarra Valley and now farms sheep with her husband on a property west of Geelong, on the Barwon River. She has been involved in Landcare and natural resource management for over 30 years. Kaye is a founding member of Barrabool Hills Landcare Group and also spent nine years as a Board Member of the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, retiring in 2009. She is a past board member of the Geelong Landcare Network and immediate past chair of the Otway Agroforestry Network. Kaye is currently President of the Barrabool Hills Landcare Group. She has been a Corangamite delegate to the VLC since 2010. Kaye was awarded a doctorate for her research into trace element nutrition of sheep and holds an honours degree in Agricultural Science, a Diploma of Education and a Master Tree Grower certificate. Kaye is Executive Secretary of Landcare Victoria.
Sandy grew up on farm on the Goulburn River at Seymour. He holds a Masters in Rural Science( UNE) and is the Founding Principal of the Orange Agricultural College, now Charles Sturt University. He was the Federal Member for Calare, in the central west of NSW and during his time in parliament was Chair House Representatives Standing Committee for Environment and Conservation. He is a current Board member of Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and local coordinator of Burnt Creek Landcare Group.
I am a passionate advocate for the Environment and have been involved in Natural Resource Management for over 25 years. I am currently General Manager for Noosa & District Landcare Group [NDLG] overseeing a staff of 34 and a large volunteer base. I have worked for NDLG for 15 years, and been a member of the group since 1991. I am the Queensland Water and Land Carers Board Member representing Burnett Mary and hold a range of other positions including on the SEQ Catchments Members Association Board, and committees of Noosa & District Landcare Group and Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Network. I hold a Diploma in Conservation & Land Management and am a qualified Regional Ecosystem Assessor. My work in natural resource management has been recognised through a number of awards, most recently the Qld Individual Landcare Award in 2015. I live in Cooran, S.E. Qld on 33 acres of land which was the first Nature Refuge declared in the old Noosa Shire, and have a lifelong passion for repairing the Australian bush.
Darryl brings to the Landcare movement his experience in the non-Government and environment sectors. He is currently in the role of Executive Officer with Queensland Water and Land Carers. Prior to this he was with Landcare Queensland as General Manager. He has also been the manager of Barung Landcare based in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Darryl is currently a Non-executive Director of the Maleny Credit Union.
Two main areas have occupied Darryl’s attention over the long-term – activating and mobilising people to become involved in worthwhile projects, and seeking long-term sustainable outcomes to assist people to achieve those aims. Darryl is actively involved in his local community.
Peter has had a wide variety of roles in work, including senior roles in business management. He has owned and operated a successful beef breeding enterprise in Maleny for the last fifteen years that also hosted farm-stay guests to diversify the business. Peter’s interest in Landcare came about when he purchased his property in Maleny and became involved with local Landcare groups. He has undertaken extensive revegetation and property improvements on his own property that has informed his approach to both Landcare and landholder engagement.
He, along with other talented committee members and staff have overseen the development and activity of the Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group (LBCCG) to build strong relationships with funding providers. Peter is currently leading negotiations with Seqwater that will secure a new long-term funding agreement for LBCCG. Peter has also overseen LBCCG’s recent successful application for Partnership funding from the Sunshine Coast Council. These agreements are central to the ongoing success of LBCCG, ensuring security for staff and an ability to fund projects over long time periods to ensure their success. This success was recently recognised, with LBCCG being the winner of a Healthy Waterways Award in the Rural and Agriculture category. Since 2000, LBCCG has delivered over $3.5 million of on-ground projects in the local area.
Louise is the founder of Greenskills and Denmark Centre for Sustainable Living. She has been active in Landcare and natural resource management since the 1980s, and is academically trained in sustainability and community engagement, with a PhD for work on the connection between community and place in a catchment group. She has worked with and for a number of local groups, local governments and projects along the south coast and Great Southern, and nationally networked through a number of organisations. The winner of the 2006 Great Southern Development Commission’s Medal of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, Louise sits on the Board of Gondwana Link Ltd. She also holds a position on the Great Southern Science Council, and is a member of the South Coast NRM Biodiversity Reference Group.
Karissa grew up in rural Australia and has been working with local people to care for their environment for over 15 years. She spent ten years living and working in Central Australia, most recently developing an Indigenous Protected Area, which involved combining Indigenous ecological knowledge and Western science in developing the largest protected area on Australian land. Karissa now coordinates the Ginninderra Catchment Group, one of the three Landcare networks and community NRM organisations in the ACT. She has completed an Art/Science degree and a Masters thesis in community environmental management. Karissa lives just out of Canberra and regularly helps manage a family merino property near Yass.
Anne’s career in natural resource management has encompassed forestry, biodiversity conservation, regional and local natural resource management, parks and wildlife, botanic gardens, water policy, fisheries management and business strategy. Anne has worked in government at all levels but now has her own consulting business. Working alongside Landcarers and other volunteers has been an important and constant source of inspiration throughout her career. A particular highlight was being an NRM facilitator in the Furneaux Islands, a remote community with a strong Landcare ethic and spirit of self-determination. This gave Anne a passion for local community empowerment as a path to sustainability, an approach embodied in the Landcare movement. Anne is currently the CEO of Landcare ACT.
Martine Franco has been coordinating the Southern ACT Catchment Group for the past 5 years and has worked broadly in the NRM field for the National Land and Water Resources Audit and in the preparation of ACT Government Reserve and Conservation Management Plans. With a background in Forestry from ANU Martine specialises in the area of community engagement around the natural environment at the local scale. With a previous career in Community Mental Health and as an Occupational Therapist, Martine is passionate about the importance of human relationships with the environment and facilitating community empowerment in decision making in Natural Resource Management in her local area. She also has extensive experience supporting community cooperatives and volunteering for local not-for profit environmental organisations.
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