Australian Capital Territory – Peter Bridgewater (Chair)
The ACT is the place I lived longest in my life, although not concurrently! Born in the UK, I have also lived in Victoria, WA, the UK, France Switzerland and the Isle of Man.
I am passionate about seeing ecological sustainability attained nationally and globally – but that all has to begin locally, which is why the Landcare story is one I am committed to. In the 1990s as CEO of the Australian Nature Conservation Agency the programs that gave me the most satisfaction to see launched and productive included many under the Landcare banner, and many of the –Watch citizen Science initiatives. From 2007 -14 I held the post of Non-Executive Chair of the UK- Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). One of the key challenges faced by the JNCC was the establishment of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. MCZs were the subject of intense consultation with marine industry (Fisheries, Extractive, Energy), conservation and community groups. And that introduced me to the importance of community involvement in any exercises expected to demonstrate sustainability.
During the nineties and noughties I was proud to Chair of many intergovernmental bodies, including the International Whaling Commission, as well as working within UNESCO on Biosphere Reserves and The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. While all of these had community interaction I am really delighted to be able to work with the ACT Landcare groups, and contribute through NLN to an ever more vibrant Landcare movement in Australia.
Finally, I am also a keen cook and, while living on the Isle of Man in 2009, won the “Queen Scallop Recipe of the year” competition, so I look forward to stimulating a Landcare cookbook, using native and sustainably produced foodstuffs!
Gerry Butler (Company Secretary)
Gerry is a committee member of the Landcare Association of South Australia and a founding member of the National Landcare Network.
New South Wales – Stephanie Cameron
Steph is the Chair of Landcare NSW and a business owner of a soil testing company based in Tamworth. She has strong financial skills and business strategy experience. Steph has been involved with Landcare at all levels, both grass roots and the associated state and regional bodies. Her roles include Treasurer, Tamworth Urban Landcare (2008 till current), Treasurer or Secretary, Tamworth Regional Landcare Association (2009 to current), Chair Sustainable North West (2012 to current) and past Chair New England-North West Landcare Network Chairs (2015-2018)
West Australia – Keith Bradby OAM
Currently Chief Executive Officer of Gondwana Link Ltd and Deputy Chair 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 three 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. Keith was the winner of the 2005 Great Southern Development Commission’s Medal of Excellence in Natural Resource Management and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2015 for service to conservation and the environment in Western Australia.
Tasmania – Josie Kelman
Dr Kelman is a Board Member of Landcare Tasmania and Director of Enviro-dynamics Pty Ltd. Josie has worked in the environmental field for over 10 years in a range of technical and management roles. This has included regional natural resource management, threatened species management, private land conservation, vegetation mapping and survey. Josie has specialist skills in monitoring and evaluation with a PhD in Environmental Management and combines strong technical scientific knowledge with considerable experience in community consultation and extension. She has lectured in Ecology, Integrated Landscape Management and Experimental Techniques. She has worked as a private consultant conducting botanical surveys, forest carbon assessments, vegetation and weed management, farm planning and providing technical advice and implementing monitoring and evaluation of biological resources.
Queensland – Geoff Elliot
Coming from a rural background, Geoff initially pursued a career in supervision and management of large earthwork projects in the eastern states of Australia and the Pacific Islands, working for several of Australia’s major construction companies. An interest in aviation led to Geoff attaining his commercial pilots’ license and the position of owner and Managing Director of a large flying training, aircraft charter and maintenance business in QLD. His undeniable passion for agriculture eventually saw a return to the land when Geoff and family moved to the Inglewood region to purchase a superfine wool, sheep meat and cattle production enterprise. Living through a pervasive governmental and landholder farming era of ‘clear as much timber as possible to increase production’ did not sit well with Geoff. His resultant deep-seated desire to better manage the property for sustainable production has led to a broad understanding of traditional and innovative natural resource management issues and techniques.
Over the last 19 years Geoff has been an active member of numerous local community groups and held representative positions with the local producer organisation Traprock Group, the Border Rivers Catchment Management Association (presently Vice Chair), and the Inglewood and Texas Landcare Association (chairman for last 8 years). As an active Landcare advocate for many years, Geoff was invited to join the QWaLC Board representing the QLD Murray Darling region, and at the 2015 AGM was elected to the position of Chairman.
Northern Territory – Sue McKinnon
Victoria – Coming soon
South Australia – Coming soon
Committees of the Board
Finance and Audit Committee
The purpose of this Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities with regard to financial management and reporting, risk management and compliance with laws and regulations.
Coming Soon (Chair)
The Selection Committee supports the Board of NLN in providing assurance that the size, composition and diversity of skills on the Board is appropriate for the nature of the organisation and its Aims and Objectives.