meet the Barung team
barung landcare management committee
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.
Geoff has lived in the Maleny area for over 15 years and has been a member of Barung since September 2006. Geoff and his wife Yvonne (who is also actively involved in sustainability initiatives in the community), have a 1.5 acre property at Bald Knob where they are working to reduce invasive weeds and replace them with suitable local species. During the 1990s they participated as volunteer growers for the ‘Trees for Life’ seedlings program in South Australia. Through this program, Geoff enjoyed linking up with farmers who were planting their seedlings.
Geoff comes to Barung with a wealth of experience in the banking sector, and now that he is retired he has become more involved in Barung Landcare activities here on the Blackall Range.
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.
Sally has Economics and Finance degrees and worked for investment banks in Sydney and London for 15 years, and then ran her own business until its sale in 2021.
Sally started regenerating her 11-acre hinterland property in 2017 and has planted over 2,500 trees (all from Barung!) since then.
Sally is passionate about supporting Barung so it can grow sustainably and continue its valuable environmental and community work well into the future.
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
Natural Area Services Manager
Environmental Administration Coordinator
Nursery Projects Officer
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