Landcare NSW Council Members
There are endorsed regional representatives in each region around NSW. They take information and feedback from their grassroots Landcarers to the Landcare NSW State Council meetings that are held each quarter where they are discussed and where they determine the strategic direction for the operations of Landcare NSW. They return to their Landcarers with the outcomes of the meetings.
Representative of New England North West Landcare.
Steph is a business owner of a soil testing company based in Tamworth and has been nominated to represent Landcare in the North West for LNSW for her financial skills and business strategy experience. Steph has been involved with Landcare at all levels, both grass roots and the associated regional bodies. Her roles include Treasurer, Tamworth Urban Landcare (seven years), Treasurer or Secretary, Tamworth Regional Landcare Association (six years), Chair Sustainable North West (four years), current Chair and Treasurer New England-North West Landcare Network Chairs.
Mobile: 0428 625 502
Phone: (02) 6762 1733
Representative of LachLandcare Inc
Keith is an endorsed member of the Landcare NSW Council, representing LachLandcare Inc and is a member of the Executive Committee of Landcare NSW. In past roles he has been involved in NRM / rural policy and issues management at a regional, State and Federal level. He was the inaugural Managing Director of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) and a founding member of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. In 1975 he received a Churchill Fellowship for study of rangeland management practices in South Africa and the USA. Keith remains an active member of the Hovells Creek Landcare Group and Landcare practitioner on his beef cattle property in Central West NSW.
Phone: (02) 6345 2405
Hunter White is a farmer and company director who lives at Havilah, Mudgee (near Lue). He operates a mixed farming enterprise in the Mudgee and Yeoval districts based on sustainable and regenerative land management. Hunter is a member of Watershed, Bingman and Little River Landcare groups. In addition, Hunter is very involved with community activities including Mudgee Show Society, Mudgee Race Club and Lue-Havilah Bushfire Brigade. Hunter is very focused on the importance of the land to Australian culture and well-being. Farmers have an enormous challenge as land managers to sustainably produce food within our complex ecosystems. This is a very exciting challenge which relies upon our heritage, education, innovation and, within the Landcare movement, building communities and open sharing of ideas and innovation.
Mobile: 0428 736 507
Representative of Western Landcare NSW
Stuart has run a family grazing enterprise on the Cobar Peneplain with his wife Nancy since the 1960s, where they run White Dorpers, goats and cattle with some opportunistic cropping.
He is a foundation member of the Buckwaroon Catchment Landcare Group. He was instrumental in policy reform to the NSW Native Vegetation Act and has held executive positions on the Western Landcare NSW committee for several years and has guided Landcare in the west for many years.
Mobile: 0477 011 701
Representative of Greater Sydney region
Bev Debrincat is the Founder and Executive Director of International Environmental Weed Foundation trading as Habitat Network and co-manages The Habitat community native plant nursery and food garden in Ryde. Her background was computing and since 1995 bushland management. Bev is involved with a number of bushcare groups and bushland committees as well as habitat corridor projects partnering with local councils and NPWS. As a landholder in the Macleay Valley Coast, for the past 30 plus years she has co-managed the regeneration and restoration of her family 22.92 hectare property of which 22.8 hectares are under a Voluntary Conservation Agreement under the National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1974.
Bev is a founding member of Greater Sydney Landcare Network (incorporated in November 2014), GSLN was established to be the representative group for Greater Sydney with Landcare NSW and to promote partnerships and networking in its many forms across Greater Sydney. Bev has represented Greater Sydney’s various care groups such as landcare, bushcare, coast care, dune care, etc on the Landcare NSW Council since 2015 and has been on Landcare NSW Executive since Nov 2016.
Mobile: 0419 206 253
Representative of South East Landcare
Chris currently lives on the Far South Coast near Quaama. He has been involved in the revegetation industry since the early 90’s, working with Greening Australia North West, private contractors, and his own business since 2003. He is actively involved with Dry River Landcare, Far South Coast Landcare where he is the current coordinator, and a representative on South East Landcare.
Chris has a real interest in improving the connection between community, good food and the environment.
Mobile: 0411 594 092
Representative Hunter Region Landcare
Les became involved in Landcare through his work in developing a property plan for St Philip’s Christian College Cessnock 42ha campus at Nulkaba. He encouraged the college to form a Junior Landcare group and from 2011 has been a member of the Hunter Region Landcare Network. In 2012 Les became a member of the Network committee responsible for the River Red Gum Project in the Hunter and occupied the position of Deputy Chair in 2016 and Chair from 2017. As Chair, Les is the endorsed representative for the Hunter. Les has recently become a member of the NSW Executive Committee and is a representative for Landcare NSW on the National Landcare Network Council. Les comes from a teaching background having taught in Papua New Guinea and Chile as well as in NSW. Les added to his academic resume by gaining a Diploma in Conservation and Land Management from Tocal College in 2016, reflecting his growing interest in Landcare issues.
Mobile: 0422 619 234
Representative of Central West Natural Resource Management Working Group
Marg joined Central West Lachlan Landcare in 2011 in an administrative and finance position and took on the role of Coordinator in 2015. She has a background working in natural resource management with the Department of Land and Water Conservation and with the Lachlan Water Management Committees. She is passionate about our natural environment and enjoys the interaction with community members and landholders, working on local projects and has a strong sense of gratefulness for the opportunity to work in that space with Landcare each day. Since taking on the role of Coordinator, she has worked hard to develop and encourage partnerships with local and regional groups, working on projects that benefit the Parkes Shire and Forbes Shire communities and in the wider Central West area. Marg is and has been involved in a variety of community groups contributing as a Committee and Board member.
Phone: (02) 6862 4914
Mobile: 0418 611 053
Representative of New England-North West Landcare
An Armidale sheep and cattle farmer, Steve is a passionate believer in agricultural sustainability, from river and stream health to grazing management and revegetation of degraded landscapes. He is Chairperson of Southern New England Landcare, representing 25 local Landcare groups in the region and also a member of New England-North West Landcare Network Chairs.
Mobile: 0427 751 301
Phone: (02) 6775 1301
Representative of Murrumbidgee Landcare
Gareth is elected as Treasurer of Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc, a members network covering the Riverina and broader Murrumbidgee catchment, one of Australia’s most diverse agricultural regions. With a background in Land Management, Gareth holds post graduate qualifications in Applied Science (Sustainability) and Resilience. Revegetating a property in the Southern Tablelands, Gareth sees Landcare as a critical element of support within a strong, resilient agro-ecological system. He believes water security, climate variability, cheap energy, adaptation and community wellbeing as key challenges for rural Australia. He hopes to connect smaller community groups with knowledge and resources that contribute to a stronger region and supports Landcare NSW leadership as Australia’s leading State Landcare organisation.
Mobile: 0433 108 391
Representative of LachLandcare Inc
Alan is an endorsed member of the Landcare NSW Council, representing LachLandcare Inc. He was originally from a property just south of Jindabyne. After gaining a degree at Wagga Agricultural College, Alan worked in the NRM field across various locations including Sydney, Yass, Coolah and finally Condobolin. Alan has a property at Ootha and joined the Ootha Derriwong Landcare Group in 1994.
Mobile: 0428 951 106
Representative of South East Landcare
Neil is Deputy-Chair of Landcare Illawarra and operates a small beef farm west of Kiama, NSW. He has been revegetating the farm with windbreaks, catchment plantings and wildlife corridors since purchasing it in 1996. In addition, Neil is involved with the Kiama Show Society and on the Kiama Council’s Walkways and Cycleways Committee that covers many of the Kiama Landcare groups that are on public foreshores. Neil has previously worked in education as a high school science, mathematics and computing teacher, as a university lecturer in teacher training and as a job skills trainer for adults. He has also worked in commercial roles in agricultural chemicals, integrated pest management services, science education publishing, commercial vegetable seed and most recently as a horticultural consultant.
Mobile: 0400 363 570
Representative of North Coast Regional Landcare Network
Hannah Rice-Hayes has spent the past 10 years working in on-ground and community-facing natural resource management and community engagement roles on the NSW North Coast. She has experience in delivering community consultation and capacity building projects in NRM and Sustainable Agriculture fields and expertise in conservation land management, weed control and community facilitation. Hannah spends weekends volunteering with two local Landcare groups and since 2012 has worked as Landcare Coordinator for the Richmond Landcare Network. In 2018 she commenced working in a regional coordination role for the North Coast Regional Landcare Network. Hannah is a dedicated and passionate Landcarer, representing the Landcare community of the northern districts of the North Coast.
Mobile: 0434 408 050
Representative of North Coast Regional Landcare Network.
Sue is the Chair of Nambucca Valley Landcare, Vice Chair of North Coast regional Landcare Network and a member of the North Coast LLS Community Advisory Group. She runs a successful small beef enterprise on the NSW mid north coast and for the last 13 years she has been a Principal Consultant in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management with GHD.
In this role she has undertaken a wide range of high profile projects for the Australian Government and other clients including: reviewing Phase 1 of the Natural Heritage Trust; undertaking an assessment of the multiple benefits of Landcare and NRM for the Australian Landcare Council; and working with a number of Indigenous communities to investigate the potential for revegetation projects to deliver carbon benefits. Her most recent project was with the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, reviewing agricultural extension Australia wide and developing recommendations for future improvements that will make extension more effective and efficient.
Prior to joining GHD, Sue was the Director of Conservation and Resource Management with the NSW Farmers’ Association and she represented the Association on the Committee which developed the NSW Sustainable Agriculture Policy. She was also a member of the Board of Greening Australia (NSW) and she represented State Forests on the Salinity Senior Officers Group responsible for development and implementation of the NSW Salinity Strategy.
Mobile: 0409 114 418
Representative of Mid Coast to Tops region
Christopher has been involved with Landcare for the past 20 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.
Mobile: 0428 860 639
Representative of Murray Region.
Dale is currently the Executive Officer at the Holbrook Landcare Network in the eastern end of the Murray Region. He has worked in natural resource management in southern NSW and northern Victoria since 2000 and has been based out of Albury since 2002. He has worked in various fields including sustainable agriculture, salinity, soil health and pest plant and animal management. Most notably Dale managed the Land Team at Murray CMA for several years prior to the establishment of Local Land Services. Having grown up on a mixed farm in North Central Victoria and previously working closely with landholders in the Culcairn and Holbrook areas, Dale has a good understanding of farming systems and is enthusiastic about having productive and sustainable farms and farming communities into the future.
Phone: (02) 6036 3181
Mobile: 0428 409 680
Representative of Western Landcare NSW
Louise has been involved with Landcare for the past 22 years and is currently the Executive Officer of Western Landcare NSW. She has worked with NPWS, Greening Australia NSW and more recently the Western CMA. Louise currently lives and works on Goodwood with her husband Zane and two children. Louise sits on several community committees and is passionate about the Western Region of NSW and what it has to offer both on a Natural & Cultural level.
Mobile:0448 220 336
Clare became involved in Landcare through the Sydney University Landcare Society, and has since helped incorporate and grow the society into a flourishing and active student-run group. She helped establish strong connections with Sydney-based not-for-profit conservation organisations, outdoor recreational clubs and regional Landcare partners, as well as cross-institutional connections with sustainability students from around the Sydney region.
Clare has recently completed her undergraduate degree in environmental science with honours in Eucalyptus plant physiology at The University of Sydney. She currently works as a Local Landcare Coordinator with the Greater Sydney Landcare Network.
Clare is excited to promote the Landcare message and incredibly proud to be part of the Landcare movement. She hopes to increase youth engagement and participation in Landcare alongside Melissa Huntsman from Western Sydney Intrepid Landcare.
Mobile: 0418 235 777
Phone: (02) 4777 4738
David has a lifelong interest in connection to country and connection to community, both as a forward-looking agriculturalist and through his long-standing involvement in Landcare, commencing with Mid-Macquarie Landcare from the early 1990s. From there his interest in community empowerment and development, towards both successful agriculture and a healthy environment, continued to evolve through the 1990s, as Deputy Chair of Macquarie 2100 and as Foundation Chair of EDGE Management.
In 2000 David made the change from being a farmer to working professionally with rural communities on sustainable land management and in environmental education. A varied career has seen David co-design and implement an environmental monitoring program along the Lachlan River, direct a farmer/community-managed sustainable agriculture/nature conservation/Landcare organisation on the Liverpool Plains, and oversee the financial resurrection and strategic redirection of the Gould League, Australia’s oldest environmental education organisation.
In Landcare David has been instrumental in the genesis and growth of representative Landcare, both in NSW and nationally. He was the foundation Chair of Landcare NSW from its formation in 2007, and canvassed the need for, and drove the formation of, a national representative Landcare organisation, becoming the Foundation Chair of the National Landcare Network in 2009.
David is currently a member of the National Landcare Advisory Committee, a non-statutory body established by the Minister of Environment and Energy and the Minister of Agriculture and Water to provide advice to the Ministers on the National Landcare Programme including investment priorities, delivery, community consultation and engagement, and achievement of outcomes.
David qualifications include B.Rur.Sc (Hons), Dip.Ag.Eco and M.Env.Sc..
Mobile: 0428 418 332