COUNCIL MEMBERS

Members of the Landcare NSW Council are endorsed regional representatives from each Landcare region in NSW. Councillors act as the conduit between local Landcare Groups and Landcare NSW, ensuring that the work and strategic direction of Landcare NSW are aligned with the needs of the NSW Landcare community.

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Stephanie Cameron

Chair

Representative of North West region

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, Treasurer or Secretary, Tamworth Regional Landcare Association, Chair Sustainable North West, current Chair and Treasurer New England-North West Landcare Network Chairs.

Mobile: 0428 625 502

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Bev Debrincat

Vice Chair

Representative of Greater Sydney Landcare Network

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.

Bev is a founding member of Greater Sydney Landcare Network. Bev has represented Greater Sydney’s various care groups such as Landcare, Bushcare, Coast Care, Dune Care on the Landcare NSW Council since 2015. Bev is involved Bushcare as well as Local Council and NPWS habitat corridor projects.

Mobile: 0419 206 253

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Hunter White

Treasurer

Invited Skills Based Member

Hunter White is a representative of the Central Tablelands Landcare Network and is a member of the Watershed, Bingman and Little River Landcare groups. Hunter operates a mixed farming enterprise in the Mudgee and Yeoval districts based on sustainable and regenerative land management. Hunter is very involved with community activities including Mudgee Show Society, Mudgee Race Club and Lue-Havilah Bushfire Brigade. Hunter is focused on the importance of the land to Australian culture and well-being.

Mobile: 0428 736 507

Marg Applebee

Secretary

Representative of Central West Natural Resource Management Working Group

Marg Applebee is the representative for the Central West Natural Resource Management Working Group’s region and a member of Central West Lachlan Landcare. Marg works as a Local Landcare Coordinator for Central West Lachlan Landcare and has a background working in natural resource management with the Department of Land and Water Conservation. Marg has worked hard to develop and encourage partnerships with local and regional groups, working on projects that benefit her local community and in the wider Central West area.

Mobile: 0418 611 053

Gareth Johnston

Management Committee

Representative of Murrumbidgee Landcare

Gareth is representative for the Murrumbidgee Landcare region. A network covering the Riverina and broader Murrumbidgee catchment. Gareth has a background in Land Management. 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.

Mobile: 0433 108 391

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Kathy Kelly

Management Committee

Invited Skills Based Member

Kathy is a chartered accountant, registered company auditor and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kathy is the CFO/Company Secretary for The Mulloon Institute, a leading research, education and advocacy charity focussed on regenerative agriculture. Kathy is also a director of Plant Health Australia.

Until June 2019 Kathy was a director of Boyce Chartered Accountants where she had a long career in practice where she specialised in the support of both family and corporate farms.

Kathy brings her financial skills, governance experience and widespread agricultural experience to the Executive Committee of Landcare NSW. Kathy lives in Cooma.

Mobile: 0428 883 044

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Georgia Rivers

Management Committee

Invited Skills Based Member

Georgia Rivers is an experienced senior executive and board member in the cultural sector. Specialising in arts and tourism marketing, PR, digital media, education and event production, she has worked for Opera Australia, Sydney Opera House, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Georgia is a volunteer singer and board member for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and a committee member for Belgenny Farm. Georgia began gardening and bushwalking as a child, and is excited to contribute to Landcare.

Bruce Rolph

Bruce Rolph

Management Committee

Invited Skills Based Member

Bruce joins Landcare NSW as a skills based Member of the Executive Committee, bringing a wealth of leadership experience in banking & finance, environment & sustainability research and advocacy, and good governance & fund raising as a Chair, Director, advisor and consultant across a range of community/not-for-profit organisations.

Bruce’s recently completed Masters in Environmental Management brought him into regular contact with the great work and goodwill generated by Landcarers throughout NSW. At a personal level, Bruce is a long-time custodian of a pocket of wonderful biodiversity in the Lower Hunter region now recovering from the bushfires and doing battle with lantana.

Mobile: 0417 018 886

Adrian Wells

Adrian Wells

Management Committee

Representative of Murray region

Adrian is the endorsed Murray region representative and has been a member of his local Landcare group for many years. He has a background in agricultural research and extension, rural adjustment, the media, rural education and local government. He has worked on various natural resource management working groups and committees, all in the Murray-Darling Basin.

During the last 25 years, Adrian developed and delivered a range of natural resource management school-community education projects across the basin and won a number of awards for this work. 

Mobile: (02) 6024 7468

 

John Asquith

John Asquith OAM

Representative of Greater Sydney Landcare Network

John Asquith OAM, is a retired engineer with a lifelong passion for the environment. He became active in 1968 joining the campaign for Myall Lakes National Park. He has served on many committees and boards including catchment management, national parks, environment groups and water supply. His ethic came from his father who planted a tree to celebrate the birth of each child (seven trees) and believed that what we take from the land we must give back for the next generation. Nowadays he co-ordinates Land for Wildlife in NSW and ACT for the Community Environment Network and Chairs the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre in Terrigal. John and Nancy have three adult children and five grandchildren. 

Steve Bunnell

Steve Bunnell

Representative of South East Landcare

Steve is an endorsed representative of South East Landcare, a member of the South East Landcare Regional Landcare Coordinator steering committee and current Treasurer of the Boorowa Community Landcare Group.

Currently dividing his time between a finance and administration consultancy in Sydney and his wool and sheep trading property at Boorowa, Steve is active in his local Landcare and Regenerative Grazing Groups.

Steve is currently undertaking several revegetation projects on his property including recently completing several tree planting and direct seeding sites.

Mobile 0419 284 836

Robyn Lamond

Robyn Lamond

Representative of Mid Coast 2 Tops Landcare Connection in the Hunter region

Robyn represents Landcare across the Manning, Great Lakes and Karuah catchments, which includes coastcare, bushcare and rural groups. Together with owning a beef property on the Wallamba River, where soil health and diverse pastures are the focus, Robyn has a keen interest in landscape connectivity to help strengthen our natural ecosystems, upon which our local agricultural production depends.

Robyn has been active in Landcare since training in bush regeneration in the 1980’s. 

Mobile: 0419 800 896

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Neil McLaren

Representative of South East Landcare

Neil is a representative of South East Landcare and Landcare Illawarra. Neil works in agricultural revegetation, riparian and education projects with a focus in on-farm revegetation through windbreaks, catchment plantings and wildlife corridors. Neil is actively involved in community Landcare as well as additional community groups within the Kiama region. Neil has previously worked in education both with secondary and tertiary students and as a job skills trainer for adults. He has also worked in commercial roles in agricultural and horticultural industry. 

Mobile: 0400 363 570

PAUL QUIRK

Paul Quirk

Representative of Hunter Region Landcare

Paul is the representative for the Hunter Region Landcare Network. Paul is a founding member, chair and secretary of Abermain District Landcare Group, working on the rehabilitation of Swamp Creek in Abermain. Paul was secretary of the Hunter Region Landcare Network for the previous two years and has recently accepted the position of chair for the network.

Paul has an IT consultancy background providing solutions for a wide range of businesses in many countries across the globe. Paul is now retired and busy working on Landcare issues across the Hunter.

Chris Roberts

Representative of North Coast Regional Landcare Network

Chris is the representative of the North Coast Regional Landcare Network. Chris has been involved in Landcare for 20 years and is currently a member of the North Coast Regional Landcare Network, Tweed Landcare, Bilambil Landcare and Island Drive Landcare.
Chris has a particular interest in empowering landholders involved in both conservation and primary production to best manage and care for their land.
Chris has been actively involved  in securing larger scale restoration projects that connect habitat and community and works in targeted training for landholders managing high conservation value bushland.

Lyn Thomson

Lyn Thomson

Representative of North Coast Regional Landcare Network

Lyn Thomson has been involved with Landcare for the past 10 years. For part of that time Lyn was Richmond Landcare’s School Officer, working on various projects with many schools in their area.

Lyn has a passion for Australian Native Bees and has worked with schools and the community educating them on the importance of native bees.

Lyn is a member of NCRLN, Secretary of Richmond Landcare, member of Bagot Park Landcare, Chair of Broadwater Koala Trust and Secretary of Ballina Outrigger Canoe Club Coastcare.

Mobile: 0410319311

Claudia Wythes

Representative of Central Tablelands Landcare Network

Claudia Wythes is a representative for the Central Tablelands Landcare Network and works as the Local Landcare Coordinator for Watershed Landcare.

Claudia lives in Mudgee and has been involved in agriculture and natural resource management for nearly twenty years, as well as in the wool industry focusing on grower extension and leadership.

Claudia enjoys supporting and fostering a community approach to Landcare. She is an active member of the community and is involved in several organisations including Country Women’s Association, St Matthews Catholic School P&F Association, Mudgee Rugby Club and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.

Mobile: 0412 011 064 

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Steve Harvey

REPRESENTATIVE OF NEW ENGLAND 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