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.
Having grown up on a farm in Queensland and then going to Qld Agricultural College, I have gained a strong affinity with rural land management and sustainability. I first became closely involved with Landcare in 1985 when elected inaugural chair of the Gympie and District Landcare Group, a position I held while the group established itself, passing the mantle to those more qualified after that. I have worked in government agencies closely aligned to Landcare for some 33 years, primarily as an extension officer and vegetation management advisor. I have been involved in the delivery of agency funding programs from National Soil Conservation Program days to the present National Landcare Programme.
Beth was born on a dairy farm at Airly near Stratford, and studied and worked in education and the arts in Melbourne, before returning to Stratford, where she is an active participant in many community groups. An artist, community singer, organic gardener, WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) host, small business owner and community project worker, she is on the board the Maffra and District Landcare Network and the Shakespeare on the River Festival Committee. Beth is an active member of the Avon Landcare Group, Gippsland Climate Change Network and Gippsland Plains Railtrail Committee of Management. An ex-Wellington Shire councillor, she chairs the Women′s Participation in Local Government Coalition.
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.
Sonia has been involved with Landcare for over 25 years, initially through her involvement as a landholder member and voluntary project officer of Harnham Landcare group, located near Uralla on NSW’s northern Tablelands. Her lengthy experience in Landcare includes roles as Coordinator and Executive Officer with Southern New England Landcare, Project Manager with New England North West Landcare and General Manager Landcare NSW. She is also a former Treasurer of Landcare NSW. Sonia holds tertiary qualifications in NRM and a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance and has done extensive work with Landcare networks to improve their governance skills. Her commitment to Landcare at the local level has been recognised through the awarding of a Australia Day Community Service Award, and the Rotary Citizen Award; and at the state scale was recognised through the awarding of the NSW State Landcarer Award in 1997.
Sonia has been involved with Landcare NSW since 2010, and her current role is role as State Landcare Coordinator. In this role she works with the Landcare community to build networks and partnerships which support and improve the ability of Landcare to deliver at the local scale, while improving opportunities to link to regional, state and federal initiatives.
Rob has been a passionate member of the Landcare movement since 1989 at all levels – local, regional and national. He was a founding member of Landcare NSW in 2007 when he was appointed Vice-Chairman. He has been Chair since 2011. He has a unique and extensive knowledge of the movement from all perspectives including running a small and active local Landcare group; developing and positioning local and regional Landcare networks; developing, evolving, and operating Landcare social enterprises. Through this process Rob has demonstrated his outstanding capacity to generate funds and support for Landcare from the corporate, philanthropic and government sectors. Rob is a grazier originally from Glen Innes and has extensive experience in agribusiness. Combining his highly developed agricultural production skills with his strong financial and business management acumen and innovative sustainable natural resource management practices, he has developed broadly acclaimed and highly successful agricultural enterprises. These enterprises have been recognised through multiple awards and are often used as examples of Best Management Practice. His leadership roles include GLENRAC (Glen Innes) and New England-North West Landcare Network Chairs. In December 2015 Rob was appointed to the Board of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.
Christopher is an endorsed member of Landcare NSW, representing the ‘MidCoast to Tops Landcare Connection’ and is a member of the Executive of LNSW. Christopher has been involved with Landcare for the past 23 years, contributing to the development of the movement at the local, regional, state and national levels.
Christopher’s leadership roles include Chair of Wherrol Flat and Caparra Landcare, Chair of Manning Landcare since 2003 and Chair of the NSW Landcare Committee from 2003 to 2010. In 2012 Christopher was awarded the National Individual Landcarer Award after winning the State Award in this category in 2011.
Christopher’s day job is in habitat restoration. He holds a Bachelor of Land Management, a Postgraduate Certificate in River Restoration and Management and is currently studying a Masters of Environmental Management.
Anna is the Executive Officer for Landcare NT, and has worked extensively on environmental, land management and indigenous programs in the NT. She has an excellent understanding of the social, economic and environmental issues affecting management of the Northern Territory’s natural resources from over ten years living and working in the Territory. She specialises in environmental communications holds a Masters degree of Tropical Natural Resource Management and a Bachelors in Eco-Communication.
Camilla is the manager of the Centralian Land Management Association.
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.
Helen is the Executive Officer Moore Catchment Council Inc. and Secretary/Treasurer WA Landcare Network Inc. Previously she worked at West Midlands Natural Resource Management Group, and was a Shire Councillor on the Shire of Dandaragan and Treasurer Dandaragan Shire Land Conservation District Committee. She has over 25 years’ involvement with Landcare and natural resource management, specialising in project management, bookkeeping, governance, OH&S, human resources and office management. Helen is also involved in an Agricultural Services small business in the Dandaragan Area north of Perth.
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.
Keith is the Chief Executive Officer of Gondwana Link Ltd. and Deputy Chair of the WA Landcare Network Inc. Keith is a long-time advocate for the ecological values of south-western Australia. As a community activist in the early 1980s he helped halt the clearing of some 3 million hectares of public land for marginal agriculture and as a concerned local he was involved with establishing some of Australia’s earliest Landcare groups. As a businessman he ran beekeeping and native seed businesses, consulted to the mining sector and worked in local enterprise development. As a bureaucrat in the 1990s he managed and reformed the Peel-Harvey catchment program and drove the process that ended large scale land clearing in south-western Australia. He wrote the book ‘Peel-Harvey: decline and rescue of an ecosystem’ and as a film maker co-wrote and narrated the award winning documentary ‘A Million Acres a Year’. He conspired with friends to establish the Gondwana Link program in 2002. Winner of the 2005 Great Southern Development Commission’s Medal of Excellence in Natural Resource Management was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2015 for service to conservation and the environment in Western Australia.
Sandy is from the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Region but originally from Melbourne. She followed her mother’s footsteps with a sound upbringing in the equestrian movement, where a love for the environment and the great outdoors were established on the 50-odd acre family property. An interest in Permaculture saw Sandy on the inaugural committee for Permaculture Melbourne in 1981, after which she spent a good quarter of a century breeding beef cattle, working on whole farm plans and improving the natural environment. This was done in several regions of Victoria whilst bringing up two children.
In 1989, Victoria, the local Benalla office of the Department of Conservation and Environment invited landholders in the catchment area to form a pilot Landcare group, one of the first in the state, known as the Seven Creeks Catchment Group. Sandy was on the inaugural committee of this group, and later held the inaugural facilitator position. Recently, since moving to South Australia, Sandy is a member of the Third Creek Catchment Group, volunteer with the City of Burnside Biodiversity Group, on the management committee of the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, and the Landcare Association of SA.
Patrick is Associate Professor in the Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide, Managing Director of the consulting company O’Connor NRM and Professorial Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Urban Environment. Patrick’s consulting and research work focusses on the design, creation, implementation and evaluation of natural resource management programs and markets for ecosystem services. Patrick works on projects aimed at overcoming negative environmental externalities from agricultural production systems and has created markets for the conservation of soil and biodiversity and for carbon sequestration. Patrick’s work in program evaluation is focussed on improving program decisions, the design of novel contracts for land management, and understanding of the price-setting behaviors of landholders supplying ecosystem services. Current research interests include studies of the economics of pollination, restoration and biodiversity conservation and the impact of kangaroo grazing and manipulated fire regimes on biodiversity conservation.
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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