QWaLC’s board is an integral part of its role as the peak body for natural resource management volunteers. The board consists of a community representative aligned with each of Queensland’s NRM regions. This makes QWaLC truly representative of the Voluntary Natural Resource Management groups across Queensland, as our board members highlight the issues in each region.
Board members are elected from 11 regions.
QWaLC board meetings are held four times a year. If you would like to have your views represented to the board or share a particular experience as a community NRM group or NRM volunteer, contact the board member for your region.
Board members (2019-2020)
Geoff Elliot : Chair and Queensland Murray Darling Representative
Initially coming from a rural background, Geoff pursued a career in management of large earthworks 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 Geoff return to the land, purchasing a superfine wool, sheep meat and cattle production enterprise in the Inglewood region. 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 21 years Geoff has been, and still is 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 Inglewood & Texas Landcare Association (chairman for last 8 years). Geoff was invited to join the QWaLC Board representing the Qld Murray Darling region, and at the recent AGM was again elected to the position of Chair.
John Brisbin : Northern and Southern Gulfs Representative
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Phil Moran : Burnett Mary Representative
Phillip Moran became a member of Noosa Landcare in 1991 and began volunteering two years later.He was employed with Noosa Landcare as a ‘nursery hand’ in 1998.In 1997, Phil was the first landholder to commit his property, ‘Burrawingee’, to Nature Refuge status within the Noosa Shire and subsequently entered into a Voluntary Conservation Agreement with the Noosa Council. He can still be found working and learning at his ‘peace of paradise’, on this dry hungry ridge of basalt flows and shale, which cascades down to alluvial flats and narrow meandering creek.
Now with more than 30 years’ experience Phil Moran is a skilled environmental educator who is trusted by private and public landholders to provide sound advice on conservation, property planning, restoration and sustainable land management.
Jason Carroll : Deputy Chair Cape York Representative
Jason has been actively involved in the Cape York Landcare community for 13 years and is happy for people to contact him about Landcare on Cape York.
Graham Armstrong : Treasurer and Burdekin Dry Tropics / Mackay Whitsunday
Graham lives near Proserpine after leaving city life to spend time in regional Australia where he continues to pursue a deep interest in NRM related issues. Graham is currently in his second term as chair of the Whitsunday Catchment Landcare Management Committee.
Shelly McArdle : Fitzroy Basin Representative
MaryLou Gittins OAM : Secretary and Condamine Representative
MaryLou has been a member of some form of landcare or catchment group for the last 25 years. MaryLou has entire page that covers some of the groups she has been involved in over this time at a local, regional, state and federal level. MaryLou chaired the advisory group that created the current Queensland Water and Land Carers. As a past representative of CCMA Marylou has sat around the Darling Downs Regional Landcare group table. Currently MaryLou is the secretary of the Condamine Catchment Management Association. MaryLou is a strong believer in this movement and is working with QWaLC to ensure a future for volunteers in the environment.
MaryLou was recognised with an OAM in 2019 for service to conservation and the environment.
Cameron Tickell : South West Representative
Cameron is a cattle grazier in SW Qld. Cameron is excited to take on this position in QWaLC to communicate his practical knowledge of environmental management, work with others and gather information to create awareness of the need to manage landscapes in Queensland. Cameron is also an earthmoving contractor who has been involved in Rural Property Development specialising in vegetation management for the past 22 years. He has a passion for managing landscapes and returning them to their natural state.
Rhonda Sorensen : Wet Tropics Representative
Anne Ballinger: Desert Channels
Brian Venz : South East Queensland Representative
I am pleased to have been re-elected in 2019 to the board position representing the great region of South East Queensland for the next three years. I am an executive member Cubberla Witton Catchment Network (one of the creek based ICM committees in Brisbane) and a member Brisbane Catchments Network (BCN) the umbrella group for all 11 creek catchment committees in Brisbane. I live in the inner western suburbs of Brisbane in ‘my catchment’ which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Prior to retirement, I worked for 40 years in the Queensland public service in both Central Queensland and then in Brisbane, being involved in support of the Landcare and Catchment management movements in Queensland. During much of that same time I also served in the Army Reserve. Thus, I feel privileged in having been involved in volunteering in some way or other for so much of my life.
I look forward to working with all the community based NRM organisations to progress our collective efforts and to protect and improve the wonderful natural environment in which we all live.