STATE ADVISORY COUNCIL

The purpose of the Landcare NSW State Advisory Council is to facilitate information-sharing and coordination between the Regional Bodies and the Landcare NSW Board. The Landcare NSW State Advisory Council has 15 members and is made up of representatives from each of the 11 Landcare regions in NSW and the four office bearers of the Landcare NSW Board of Directors.

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Stephanie Cameron

Chair

Board Director – North West and Northern Tablelands electoral zone

Steph is a business owner of a soil testing company based in Tamworth. Steph has been involved with Landcare at all levels, both grass roots and the associated regional bodies. Her financial skills and business strategy experience have served her well in her many volunteer roles which include Treasurer Tamworth Urban Landcare, Treasurer Tamworth Regional Landcare Association, former Chair North West Landcarer’s and President of Tamworth Business Chamber.

Mobile: 0428 625 502

Gareth Johnston

Vice Chair

Board Director – Murray and Riverina electoral zone

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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Hunter White

Treasurer

Independent Director

Hunter White is involved with Landcare in the Central Tablelands region as 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

Lyn Thomson

Lyn Thomson

Secretary

Board Director – North Coast and Hunter electoral zone

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: 0410 319 311

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Bev Debrincat

Regional Representative for 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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Steve Harvey

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR NEW ENGLAND LANDCARE INC.

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

Paul Heley

Paul Heley

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR WESTERN LANDCARE NSW INC

Paul is the representative for the Western region. Paul is the current chair of Western Landcare NSW and secretary of Bottle Bend Reserve Land Manager, a community managed crownland reserve in the far south west of NSW. Paul has a background in commercial construction and completed a degree in Environmental Science (Land and Water) in 2016. He currently operates a construction company focusing on environmental infrastructure, grows wine grapes and operates a small winery with his wife Cindy at Monak NSW. He has a strong interest in sustainable agriculture and economically beneficial conservation practices.

Mobile: 0417 596 244

Margôt Jolly

Regional Representative for Central West Region Landcare Inc.

Margôt Jolly is Chair of Central West Lachlan Landcare, and provisional chair of the Central West NRM Working Group.
Margôt became interested in caring for the environment in a more active way when moving back to Parkes after living in Sydney. Undertaking a Conservation and Land Management Certificate armed her with a little knowledge and a thirst for more.
Margôt works as a volunteer in her region with Landcare and in community arts and museums – Secretary Arts Outwest Board, Vice Chair AMaGA NSW, Chair Parkes Community Arts Inc.

Mobile: 0423 938 145

Robyn Lamond

Robyn Lamond

Regional Representative for Hunter and Mid Coast Landcare Hub Inc.

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

Adrian Wells

Adrian Wells

Regional Representative for Murray Regional Landcare Inc.

Adrian is the 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

Larry Langman

Regional Representative for North Coast Regional Landcare Network

Larry is the representative for the North Coast Region. Larry has been involved in Landcare for 17 years and is currently Secretary of the North Coast Regional Landcare Network Inc, Secretary of Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare Inc. and member of Nana Glen Landcare Inc.
Larry has a particular interest in promoting urban Landcare and the recognition and documentation of a Landcare Community of Practice and Body of Knowledge in conservation, landscape management and community engagement.
Larry’s professional background is in Systems Management. Larry holds qualifications in Permaculture Design and Organic Farming.

Wayne Chaffey

Regional Representative for North West Regional Landcarers Inc.

Wayne is the representative for the North West Region. Wayne, and wife Nell, currently operate a beef cattle breeding operation near Tamworth in North West NSW, with a focus on holistic grazing management, increasing connectivity and biodiversity, and regenerative agricultural practices. Wayne chairs the Tamworth Regional Landcare Association and the Bubbogullion 100 Landcare Group. He has been involved with numerous local, regional and national projects, such as multispecies cropping and dung beetles, and is keen to share knowledge with stakeholders across the broader community. Wayne has also been working with local, regional and state organisations in education and health.

Gemma Purcell

Regional Representative for Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc.

Gemma is the representative for the Riverina Region. Gemma and her husband Reiner run a mixed farming enterprise on Wiradjuri country near Grong Grong in NSW. They have spent the past decade rebuilding habitat with plantings of connected multi layered canopies, forbs and grasses, and protecting and connecting farm dams.
Gemma comes from a writing background and now focuses her time and energy on family, farm and community – with a focus on climate change, NRM and community renewable energy. She is interested in the power of circular economies, and robust, sustainable food and natural resource systems.
She sees Landcare as a unique model for building community capacity and creating positive cultural, social, economic and environmental impact.

The 11 regions and the regional bodies that represent Landcare within each region are defined in the Landcare NSW Constitution and shown in the map here.