meet the Barung team
barung landcare management committee
Suzie is an avid conservationist and has worked in conservation in Australia and the United Kingdom since 1979. She is a manager and experience researcher with expertise in education, customer experience and design. She is currently a Service Design Manager with The University of Queensland. Suzie has participated on several Boards and Associations and has held positions in other not-for-profit organisations including Taronga, Melbourne and London Zoos, and TAFE NSW, as well as CBA and IAG. Her main interest has been in ecosystems that support diverse fauna.
Suzie lives on a 1 acre property in Witta and is proud to have 3 species of bats (about 2,000) calling her land home for 7 months of the year. When she is not painting, visiting the local markets, or cooking for friends, she can be found pottering in her vegetable garden, or regenerating her rainforest with her husband Joe.
Suzie is keen to work with Barung to attain its vision of greater natural diversity in the Hinterland landscape, both rural and urban.
Barbara first became concerned about the environmental impact of land clearing in the 70s when she majored in Geography at UQ and lived on a farm at Nanango. Barbara went on to spend 30 years with Education Queensland as a secondary school Deputy Principal and teacher prior to planting a small olive grove with her husband Glynn and running a successful tourist and accommodation business in the Scenic Rim until 2020.
During extended drought periods they realised how difficult native revegetation of some areas has become as they struggled to get the native species they planted to thrive. Barbara moved back to the Sunshine Coast with her husband and settled in Maleny in 2020.
Barbara has joined the Barung committee as she wishes to become more actively involved in promoting the work of Barung Landcare in whatever way she can, drawing on her management and business experience. She is passionate about revegetation and, as well as volunteering at the Porters Lane nursery one day a week, is currently working to revegetate her family’s 64 hectare vine scrub forest property at Nanango.
Mandy’s passion for the environment was inspired by her childhood in Bega on Yuin country, far south coast of NSW. In the 90s she was custodian of a beautiful 4-hectare bush property on the banks of Wapengo Lake near Tathra, NSW. Mandy moved to her property at Reesville on Jinibara country in 2019, and in 2020 she joined Gardens for Wildlife and started revegetating her 3000m2 property.
Mandy has a PhD in education and worked for many years as a university academic in education and librarianship. In other former lives she was a high school music teacher, teacher-librarian, and academic librarian. Mandy is now semi-retired and works casually at the Maleny Library. One of her hobbies is local history, and she is currently researching land use and revegetation in the Maleny area.
Ian has had a varied business career, firstly in the steel industry, then in the sugar industry, and finally as chairman and independent director of several companies, mainly in the mining sector. Having fully retired, Ian now devotes much of his time and energy to conservation.
Ian and his wife Chrissie live on Mount Mellum, on a 100ha property that they had gazetted as a Nature Refuge. Both of them are passionate about native plants, and have a broad interest in the ecological systems they care for.
Ian is a past president of Native Plants Queensland, and is past President of Barung Landcare, and has been instrumental in supporting Barung to gain clarity on its vision and to design an organisational structure that will set Barung up for success.
Rachael has an academic background in international development and environmental management, having worked in the public and not-for-profit sector in Australia and India for the past two decades. Her area of passion and expertise lies in the connection between environmental issues and social justice and protecting the rights of both people and the planet.
She has worked as the Assistant Director of an NGO in north-west India for 5 years, in the areas of health, sustainability, education and economic development. On returning to Australia in 2016 she worked in remote parts of Arnhem Land, delivering vocational qualifications in Conservation and Land Management with Indigenous youth. Since 2017 she has worked in systems change in both the government and non-government sectors to ensure that people’s voices are heard and used to inform government policy and practice. Most recently she was the Manager of Nambour Community Centre, and now works part time as a consultant for Community Praxis Co-op.
Rachael is passionate about strengthening and supporting people, communities and environments through collaboration, partnership, dialogue and action. She lives with her husband on a 1 acre property close to Mary Cairncross reserve. She loves nature, bush walking, swimming, yoga and a good coffee. 🙂
Moving to Conondale in 1993, Alan and his wife Mary have been highly active in the community over the years. Alan spent much of his working life in the public sector working for the ATO (Australian Tax Office) and was instrumental in developing and implementing the PAYG system in Australia. Alan also worked closely with the Federal Police in their investigations of high-level criminal offences against the tax office. After winding up with the ATO Alan transferred his skills to running his own business in partnership with Mary and once in the Maleny area, he supported the Upfront Club and Maple Street Co-op (of which he was manager for a period of time).
Alan’s latest contributions have been towards the financial operations of Barung Landcare, as previous Treasurer, he remains on the committee to support ongoing operations, in particular the delivery of the Maleny Wood Expo.
barung landcare staff
Education & Communications Officer
Production Nursery Manager
Nursery Projects Officer
Natural Area Services Manager
Skilling QLD Coordinator
Barung Landcare staff have various qualifications, licences and inductions which include the following:
Bachelors degrees –
- Land Management
- Coastal Science
- Environmental Science
- Applied Science
Certifications including –
- Chainsaw Level 1 & 2
- Construction card (White card)
- Commercial operator’s licence for using herbicides (ACDC)
Certificate in Conservation and Land Management –
1, 2, 3 and 4
Certificate in Horticulture –
2, 3 and 4
Graduate Certificate –
- Environmental Management
- Conservation and Land Management
- Applied Science
- Project Management
Fauna Spotter / Catcher certificate
HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support
HLTAID011 Provide first aid
HLTFA311A Apply first aid
Safety and site induction certificates from –
- Sunshine Coast Council
- Moreton Bay Regional Council
- Noosa Council
- Unity Water
- SEQ Water
Barung Landcare holds a number of current licences, certifications and policies including:
Ground Distribution Contractor Licence (ACDC) no.GDC343
ISO certifications –
- ISO 9001: 2015 quality management systems
- ISO 14001:2015 ENvironmental management systems
- AS/NZS 4801:2001 occupational health and safety management systems
Up to date insurances including –
- Public Liability
- Association Liability
- Work Cover
- Personal Accident
- Landcare Activities