The Management Committee for Little River Landcare Group offer their time and services on a voluntary basis. The governance of the organisation has been reviewed to ensure the organisation operates ethically and appropriately. Business systems are internally audited to ensure correct systems and processes are in operation. As a constitutional requirement the financial records of the Little River Landcare Group are audited externally each financial year.
Current Management Committee
Don is a landholder at Cumnock, where together with his wife, two sons and their families, run a mixed farming operation including beef, sheep and crops in a rotational system.
Don is a self-proclaimed “old Landcarer”. He has a passion for salinity and is one of the founding members of the Little River Landcare Group.
Don has a Diploma in Conservation & Land Management, is the Chairman of both the Cumnock Rural Fire Service and Cumnock Progress Association.
Rebecca Staines is a Business Manager for AGnVET Services based in Dubbo and has over 17 years of experience in the agriculture sector in Central West NSW.
Rebecca has extensive experience in agronomy, seed technology, business strategy, development and leadership as well as human resource management.
Rebecca has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science as well as a Masters of Agricultural Science and is currently studying a Master of Commerce & Law.
Rebecca joined the Management Committee in 2016 and is interested in building the capacity of land holders to foster sustainable yet profitable agricultural practices.
Allan has worked in the Little River community since 1987 for a range of state government entities, and has supported Little River Landcare since it's inception.
Allan brings over 30 years of Natural Resource Management experience, working with communities conducting research, extension and investigation programs at local, regional, state and national scales. Much of this innovative activity and programs has been conducted in the Little River catchment.
Allan is recognised regionally and nationally for salinity expertise, giving advice at a state and federal level; and is currently a member of the MDBA Basin Salinity Management Advisory Panel.
Interests lie in testing new concepts and approaches, in understanding how landscapes "work", how people interact in landscapes and how change is driven in a landscape.
A resident of Wellington with a keen interest in supporting Junior Sports.
Kim along with her husband and three sons, run an Angus beef cattle breeding operation over several properties in the Dubbo, Tomingley and Carinda areas of NSW.
Kim has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and has worked as a Social Worker at Dubbo Base Hospital, Lourdes Hospital and more recently as a Rehabilitation Consultant for CRS Australia, based in Dubbo.
Kim joined the Management Committee in 2011 and is interested in fostering the social and community aspects of the Little River Landcare Group.
Ian is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years finance experience gained in public practice, broadcast media and in the last 10 years corporate finance and investment banking. Ian has also served for over 20 years as an elected member of a number of Sydney based not for profit organisations.
Ian and his wife Dionne purchased their small holding at Curra Creek in 2002 and have since developed a commercial fig orchard and value added food business. They have a clear objective to leave the land in a better condition than when they acquired it and have been active members of Little River Landcare since 2008.
General Committee Member
Tom joined the Management Committee in 2016. He works alongside his parents and brother on their family farm between Dubbo and Yeoval, spending half his time there, while also working for TAFE NSW in Dubbo as a teacher of Agriculture. Tom is a self-confessed “course junkie”, taking every opportunity he can to learn more, particularly in the areas of livestock production, grazing management and technology. He has enjoyed being involved with the Management Committee thus far, absorbing the knowledge and experience other committee members have to offer.
David Stewart is an Civil Engineering, Building and Management Consultant working in Australia and Overseasacross various industry sectors including Construction, Building, Manufacturing,Education, Insurance, Farming and Mining.
David is currently Chairman of Engineering Sydney and Chairman of Bama Services.
David is a Strategic Advisor to CCCC International Holdings Limited and a Member of the John Holland Group Strategy and Budget Committee and Audit and Risk Committee.
Davidwas prevoiusly the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Leighton Holdings Limited, the parent company of one of Australia’s major project development and contracting organisations. David was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Laing O’Rourke Group in Australia in April 2012.
David is a civil engineer with 35 years experience, managing operations throughout Australia and South-East Asia in the construction and mining industry. He joined the Leighton Group in 1986 and held various roles with Leighton Major Projects and Thiess before joining John Holland in 2000 where he headed that company’s construction business.In early 2006, David was appointed John Holland’s Managing Director and in 2009, to the position of Chief Operating Officer at Leighton Holdings, responsible for John Holland, Al Habtoor Leighton Group and Leighton Properties.David was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Leighton Holdings Limited on 1 January 2011.
David was President Director and Chief Executive Officer of PT Thiess Contractors Indonesia from 1993 until 2000 based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to this David was employed as a Project Manager and Project Director on numerous projects in Australia and the Philippines including the Sydney Harbour Tunnel Marine Works Contract, Mining Projects in both Coal and Metalliferous Mining Operations, Marine Projects and Tunnelling Projects.
David holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineeringand a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Farming as owner of aSheep, Cattleproperty in Wellington, NSW.
Bushwalking and Travel.
General Committee Member
Fergus has spent the last 25 years working as an agricultural systems manager, largely in the field of Genetics specifically related to cattle. Having management experience with a variety of grazing and cropping systems with a strong focus on profitability, production and sustainable management. Fergus has experience in a number of different climate zones including time spent in Canada and New Zealand.
The development of corporate business skills such as implementing team development, action plans, facilitation and conflict resolution, self-direction, leadership, extension and networking with organisations and individuals within the community.
Fergus is passionate about Sustainable agriculture and grazing systems currently managing a 3500 Hectare property for a corporate organisation. This has include the development of a conservation management plan for approx. 1000 ha’s.
General Committee Member
Nigel has been a Board member for the past eight years. He was awarded the 2008 NSW Farmer of the Year.
Nigel has developed a Blue Printed Agricultural Business as well as a mentoring group that revolves around grazing and matching stocking rate to carrying capacity that achieves environmental goals. He has also designed a grazing system that is in tune with a highly variable climate that enables him to be profitable regardless of the season.
Nigel completed five years on an Executive Link Board with six other farming businesses until 2011. He has completed numerous self development education courses before receiving the Chairmanship in 2012.
Nigel's goal for Little River Landcare is to redesign the Landcare model into one that addresses the needs of the entire catchment being;
- Urban needs
- Educational needs
- Natural Resource management
- Catchment health both environmental and human
- Improve and grow the two small villages in the catchment, Yeoval and Cumnock
- Stop the decline of services in the Yeoval and Cumnock communities.