Our Board

Board members are elected from across 14 NRM Management Units (12 NRM regional body areas).

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.

Our board is both representative and skills based and focused on organisational governance and listening to the members. Management tasks to deliver the strategic direction and to provide the services members need (e.g. grants, insurance, information, training) are delegated to the CEO and delivered by our great team of volunteers and contractors..  The board have subcommittees and working groups for various projects.

“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 natural resource management 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.”

MaryLou Gittins OAM

Chairperson 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.

Brian Venz

Brian Venz

Treasurer & Joint South East Queensland Representative

I am pleased to have been re-elected in 2019 as a Director representing the great region of South East Queensland for the three year term. I am a member of Cubberla Witton Catchment Network (one of the creek based ICM committees in Brisbane) and a member of Brisbane Catchments Network, the umbrella group for all 12 creek catchment committees in Brisbane. I live in the inner western suburbs of Brisbane in ‘my catchment’ which has been running now for over 20 years.

Prior to retirement, I worked for 40 years in the Queensland public service, firstly in Central Queensland and then in Brisbane. The most enjoyable aspects of my public service career was when I was working in support of the Landcare and Catchment Management movements in Queensland during and post the Decade of Landcare.

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 much of my life. I look forward to working with all the community based natural resource management organisations to progress our collective efforts and to protect and improve the wonderful natural environment in which we all live.

John Brisbin

John Brisbin

Northern and Southern Gulf Representative

John is Secretary of the Mitchell River Watershed Management Group, and Secretary of JAMARR, which auspices a local landcare group for the Mount Molloy area.

He likes the “creative tension” between agriculture and conservation, and this led him to Landcare activities in the mid 90’s.  He has been cultivating gardens and tending to wild spaces since he was a child exploring his grandmother’s farm and bushland in the temperate foothills of Appalachia.  These experiences set a course for a lifetime of making do with what’s at hand, “waste not, want not”, and many hands make light work…. in modern parlance that might be innovation, resource conservation, and community.  

 John is a strong believer in the value of a grass-roots reality providing the foundation for all organisational and institutional activity.   He finds it useful while puzzling over a complicated bit of governance to be busy with his hands. John is also an active member on the Board of Community Gardens Australia.

Adma Sargood

South West Representative

Details soon

Shelly McArdle

Shelly McArdle

Secretary and Fitzroy Basin Representative

Shelly has been returned for a second term. Shelly now works as a consultant. Shelly previously work as the Community Engagement Project Officer with Capricornia Catchments in Rockhampton, Central Queensland Australia; the Woppaburra TUMRA Coordinator and the Tangaroa Blue Foundation Representative for Central Queensland

Shelly has over 17 years’ experience with environmental projects and community engagement.  In her current role, she has experienced good success and attendance rates for projects, field days and other events she has initiated, designed and implemented for schools, indigenous and community groups.  Shelly has expertise in Horticulture, specialising in grafted Grevilleas and propagation of Australian native plants having developed these skills whilst working for many years in one of Queensland’s leading Australian native plant nurseries.

Her interests lay in creating innovative environmental awareness and engaging with community groups to enable and facilitate ongoing education and action, securing positive outcomes for the environment and for people.

Simon Warner

Simon Warner

Board Member

Simon Warner is an experienced Director and corporate executive. Simon has history of successfully leading and managing both corporate and not for profit enterprise’s.  He is currently:

  • Executive Chairman of enterprise software company Tactiv Pty Ltd providing software solutions to support social and environmental for good programs,
  • Director of Healthy Land and Water an independent organisation dedicated to improving and protecting the environment,
  • Director of Queensland Water and Land carers which is the peak body for natural resource management (NRM) volunteers, and
  • Chairman of the Lockyer Community Consultative Committee on the Inland Rail Project.

Previously he was Managing Director of Tactiv and Chief Executive Officer and Director of SEQ Catchments Ltd.

Simon is a member of AICD and has a Business degree with a post graduate qualification in IT.  He has spent a good deal of his working career in executive roles ranging from IR to Logistics and Operations management. He has also worked closely with government on policy and regional planning issues including overseeing the development of the South-East Queensland Rural Futures Strategy and the first SEQ Regional NRM plan.  Simon is passionate about agricultural sustainability and innovative ways to fund and support social and environmental good outcomes.

He lives at Murphys Creek in the Lockyer Valley and operates a small grazing holding in addition to his corporate and community activities.

Jeffery Bains

Wet Tropics Representative

Jeffery has been recently elected to the board

Temaleti Matasisa

Deputy Chair & Cape York Representative

Temaleti Matasisa has been recently elected to the Board.

Craig Magnusson

Craig Magnusson

Queensland Murray Darling Representative

A management and environmental professional with over 25 years of experience in the public sector, Craig is passionate about sustainable natural resource management and delivering effective organisational leadership.
Craig possesses a broad range of management expertise, spanning fields such as: compliance to environmental sustainability, planning and development assessment, contaminated land management to environmental health, invasive pest management, waste and public art. He has a strong track record of delivering excellent customer service in the most challenging, outward facing business areas of government services, often with complex legal and competing stakeholder interests. Craig has achieved this by understanding the community’s needs through effective consultation and an empathetic approach. He has held technical, managerial and executive roles in State and local government and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board.
Craig lives on a small farm with his young family near Stanthorpe and is an active member of the Granite Belt community.

Robyn Adams

Robyn Adams

Desert Channels

After twenty five plus years in the creative arts, Robyn returned to her birth country to run a cattle grazing property in central west Queensland in 2002.  Through that quarter of a century in Melbourne, Perth and overseas, she acquired extensive and broad experience and unique combination skill set, in design, costumiery, fashion, theatre arts and tertiary education.

For the two decades since returning ‘home’ to this Wadjebangai Country, she has developed her grazing and beef production enterprise at Stratford, a modest breeder block in the southern Desert Uplands. Enjoying the ride of repurposing those skills, and learning and relearning all about rangeland management, Stratford is now a leading example of good ecological stewardship of its natural woodlands alongside grazing best-prac and award-winning bovines. That enjoyment has extended to voluntary positions within the boards of Desert Uplands Committee, Desert Channels NRM and QWALC where Robyn shares her love, understanding and knowledge of country, cattle and community, for a betterment of all (hopefully).

Extending these diverse skills into many community and public arts projects and programming empowered a cultural flourishing of sorts in inland Queensland, favouring costume and sculpture to speak of and for our communities. Robyn has learnt alot from Indigenous Cultural practice enabled on Stratford, its surfeit of Aboriginal assets therein expounded, and continue encouraging shared learning, especially regarding fire and flora in this desert, timbered grasslands.

Judith Wake

Judith Wake

Burdekin Dry Tropics / Mackay Whitsunday

Judith considers one of the key pathways to sustainable natural resource management is through positive engagement with stakeholders and community members, particularly Traditional Owners. As Deputy Chair of Pioneer Catchment Landcare Management Committee and Deputy President of the Mackay Branch of Native Plants Queensland (SGAP), she works to raise awareness of local environmental values and increase local management capacity.

Judith has an academic background, as well as doing a stint in the hospitality/tourism industry. Although recently retired as a Senior Lecturer in Applied and Environmental Science, she maintains her connection to Central Queensland University as an adjunct researcher with the Coastal Marine Ecosystem Research Centre.

Judith spends her spare time trying to replace a luxurious growth of weeds with native vegetation while thwarting the Brush-turkeys’ attempts to turn everything into compost, on a peri-urban block outside of Mackay.

Judith was elected as a director on the 3rd November 2021.

Maree Gillott

Burnett Mary Representative

Maree has been recently elected to the Board.

Wal Mayr

Wal Mayr

Joint South East Queensland Representative

Wal has a business background having established an Australia wide GIS and mapping company.  He now works full time as a volunteer in the environmental sector. He is president of Watergum which delivers a wide range of programs that engage the community in meaningful environmental work. www.watergum.org   The Watergum Cane Toads program will expand their scope nationally.

Wal is co-ordinator of Austinville Valley Landcare which has restored much of the riparian vegetation, and developed a multi-tenure fire break network, across the catchment.

Over the last 40 years he and his wife Heather have restored their rainforest property from a degraded ex-banana farm to weed free habitat, protected as a Nature Refuge on title.  Wal believes in environmental organisations using business principles and partnerships to be as self-reliant as possible in an insecure world.