Meet the 2021 Landcare NSW Council and Executive Committee

During the Landcare NSW Inc. Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 18 November, Landcare NSW members nominated six Landcare Council Members and three Independent Representatives to the 2021 Executive Committee. The endorsed Regional representatives were unopposed thereby being automatically selected. The Executive Committee for 2021 is as follows:

  • Stephanie Cameron (Chair)
  • Bev Debrincat (Vice Chair)
  • Hunter White (Treasurer – invited skills-based member)
  • Marg Applebee (Secretary)
  • Gareth Johnston (committee member)
  • Adrian Wells (committee member)
  • Bruce Rolph (invited skills-based member)
  • Kathy Kelly (invited skills-based member)
  • Georgia Rivers (invited skills-based member)

The Landcare NSW Council for 2021 is as follows:

  • Lyn Thomson – North Coast 1
  • Chris Roberts – North Coast 2
  • Stephanie Cameron – North West
  • Vacant* – New England
  • Vacant* – LachLandcare 1
  • Vacant* – LachLandcare 2
  • Vacant* – Central Tablelands
  • Marg Applebee – Central West
  • Paul Quirk – Hunter
  • Robyn Lamond – Mid Coast 2 Tops
  • Bev Debrincat – Greater Sydney 1
  • John Asquith – Greater Sydney 2
  • Vacant* – Western 1
  • Vacant* – Western 2
  • Gareth Johnston – Murrumbidgee
  • Adrian Wells – Murray
  • Neil McLaren – South East 1
  • Steve Bunnell – South East 2
  • Vacant – Youth Representative

Landcare NSW Chair Steph Cameron also expressed her thanks to outgoing Councillors for the highly valued role they have played:

  • Keith Hyde – LachLandcare
  • Chris Post – Far South Coast
  • Leslie Pearson – Upper Hunter
  • Louise Turner – Western
  • Frances Young – North West
  • Lyn Booth – Mid Coast 2 Tops
  • Stuart Mosely – Western

*No Nominations received from the Regional Body/Groups for the November 2020 Council Meeting, therefore could not be included in the Endorsed Members presented at the Landcare NSW AGM November 2020.

EOI – Appointment of Independent Members of Landcare NSW Council/Executive

Landcare NSW Inc., the peak representative body for the Landcare movement in NSW, is seeking expressions of interest for the appointment of two skilled and experienced persons to join its Executive Committee, which is the effective ‘board’ of Landcare NSW that provides oversight to a team of 20 staff led by a Chief Executive Officer.

We are seeking people with skills and experience in the following areas including, but not limited to,

  • business and/or team management,
  • fund raising and business development,
  • not-for-profit governance,
  • marketing and communications,
  • IT,
  • financial management,
  • and strategy and risk management.

See attachment here for full details and further selection criteria.

Persons interested in supporting Landcare NSW are invited to put a short expression of interest of no more than two pages, to:
The Chair, Landcare NSW, Suite 7, 56 Church Avenue. Mascot NSW 2020, or by 15 October 2020.


The Landcare NSW Council plays a key role in guiding the strategic direction of Landcare in NSW and the work of Landcare NSW.

Now is the time to start considering who will represent your region.

All Landcare regions will soon receive a Council Representative Endorsement pack via email which will guide you through the endorsement process.

If you are interested in representing your region, are part of a Member Group of Landcare NSW and part of your regional network, you are eligible to be nominated as the regional representative. But please note this decision will be made at a regional network level.


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. You can find out who is part of your regional representation here.


Landcare NSW Council guide the direction of Landcare NSW and Landcare in NSW. By becoming part of the Landcare NSW Council you can help shape the future of Landcare NSW and Landcare in NSW.

You can have a direct say in our strategies by being part of the Landcare NSW Council and be one of the many voices that guides us into the future.

You can also vote at our Annual General Meeting and meet like-minded members at special events.

Council meet quarterly and each Landcare regional network has an elected representative.


Central Tablelands Landcare Network

Central West Natural Resource Management Working Group

Greater Sydney Landcare Network

Hunter Regional Landcare Network


Mid Coast 2 Tops Landcare Connection

Murrumbidgee Landcare

Murray Region Landcare Collective

North Coast Regional Landcare Network

New England North West Landcare

South East Landcare

Western Landcare


The future is in good hands

To mark the milestone of Landcare’s 30th anniversary in 2019, Landcare NSW held an event on 13 November to launch the booklet, ‘Caring for Land and People – A History of Landcare NSW 2007-2019’.

The occasion brought together, for the first time, current Landcare NSW Chair, Stephanie Cameron, and three previous Chairs David Walker, Mandi Stevenson and Rob Dulhunty.

Also present were a dozen of those involved in the founding or early years of the organisation: Bob Jarman, Bill Pigott, John Hughson, Sonia Williams, Karen Zirkler, John Dalton, John Carter, and apologies were received from Fergus Job, Chris Scott and Chris Cumming.

Most of these individuals have been involved in Landcare since it started in NSW 30 years ago. Collectively they have come to be known as the ‘Landcare Elders’.

The event kicked off with a contribution from the author, professional historian Virginia McLeod, who explained the value of recording history, particularly the stories of the people who were there.

“It is these small histories that make up our national narrative,” she said.

Reflecting on the past, the Landcare Elders commented on tough battles that were fought and won over the years to build a future for the Landcare movement.

One of the founders of Landcare NSW and its first Chairperson, David Walker, said he was pleased to have helped Landcare progress in NSW and to see Landcare NSW grow in its role as peak body for the community.

“Since 2007, when the organisation was formed, the need to represent Landcare and Landcarers has grown but I can look back with pride at what we have achieved,” he said.

“There have been many changes, but one constant has been the strength, resilience and sense of community within Landcare in NSW.”

David commented on the passion, intellectual firepower and dedication of Landcarers and how rewarding it is be part of a movement which continues to attract and retain “wonderful people and fantastic communities”.

Chair of Landcare NSW, Stephanie Cameron, said she was proud to work with her colleagues on the Landcare NSW Council to represent the Landcare community and make the case for its growth and development.

“In 2007 a group of NSW Landcarers decided we needed our own state organisation to give Landcarers in NSW a voice.

“Looking back, we can see that this idea grew and we now have a flourishing peak body. We sincerely thank the people who stepped up to ensure the voices of Landcarers in NSW were heard,” said Stephanie.

Among the stories shared at the event, it was recalled that Landcarers sometimes had to assert themselves in the face of ignorance, indifference and occasionally hostility. It was an experience described by the founders as a test of endurance and courage, persistence and patience.

Sonia Williams, former NSW Landcare Coordinator and key figure in the development of Landcare NSW, noted the experience of working for Landcare was both challenging and rewarding.

“There were stressful times and sometimes detriment to individual health of those involved but there has always been a huge amount of support for each other and solidarity in being part of a group doing something positive for the environment,” she said.

Clare Vernon, who represents young people on the Landcare NSW Council, also participated to ensure the messages of the Elders were heard by the next generations.

Some words of advice she received from John Dalton were: “Don’t be bullied, remember there is strength in numbers, there’s nothing like being part of a community to withstand inertia and make change,” said John Dalton.

Rob Dulhunty, Chair of Landcare NSW from 2012-2018, said it had taken many years to build the credibility of Landcare and this was achieved by always acting with integrity in order to build community trust in Landcare.

“These are our core strengths and must be protected,” he said.

Clare Vernon assured the Elders the future is in good hands. “Young people are self-organising in schools, universities and accessing support from Intrepid Landcare.

“Landcare offers a pathway for the thousands of children and young people who are participating in climate rallies and looking for ways to protect the environment,” said Ms Vernon.

In a final word, current CEO of Landcare NSW, Adrian Zammit, said Landcare continued to provide a way for local communities to get involved in managing natural resources and that the many ‘wicked’ problems we face cannot be resolved without the active involvement of local communities.

The publication of the history of Landcare NSW was supported by a grant from the Create NSW Cultural Grants Program, a devolved funding program administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government.

The booklet has been placed in the State Library along with copies of oral histories recorded for the purpose of research.

A new edition will be developed to fill in gaps and provide missing pieces – please send in your comments, suggestions, reflections and ideas to: