Linking community with decision makers

Our members include 9 community, 2 local government and 4 government agency representatives. Members are actively involved in the development of project proposals, establishing priorities for projects and contributing to our strategic direction.

Our community members provide a critical link with the community. They bring community issues to the organisation and disseminate catchment management information back to the community.

We aim to achieve diverse representation of community skills, knowledge and experience on our Board; including indigenous heritage, backgrounds in agriculture, business, community, natural resource management and environmental management.

Agency and local government members provide a link with government and help to integrate community and catchment values into policy and decision making.

Dr Felicity Bradshaw

Felicity lives and farms on a 600 acre property in Marybrook. She is a vet and volunteers in multiple wildlife education programs. Felicity is a founding member of the Western Ringtail Action Group and has been involved in the assessment and management of possums for a number of years. She was appointed Chair in 2018.

Robin Belford
Deputy Chair

Robin has lived and worked in the Busselton community for over 26 years. A qualified engineer, he has worked for Water Corporation and Busselton Water, and was previously a member of the Vasse Taskforce. Although now retired, he is an active member of the water industry.

Ross Paine

Ross was born and raised on a farm in Carbunup and has a background in IT and a Diploma in Network Engineering. He has worked on numerous largescale IT projects for the Australian Public Service. He has been a City of Busselton Councillor since 2015 and with GeoCatch since 2019.

Julie Anne Howes
Deputy Secretary

Julie has lived in Busselton since the ’60s and is well connected within the local community. She has worked for over 20 years in the state government community/public health sector across the South West and now works in aged care. She also facilitates an Aboriginal ladies group.

Peter Togno
Community member

Peter is a retired Organic Dairy farmer of 42 years who now farms 300 acres in Ruabon. Peter has a long affinity for Geographe Bay having sailed out of Geographe Bay Yacht Club for 38 years. His knowledge of sustainable agriculture is an asset to the board of GeoCatch.

Andrew Weinert
Community member

Chair of the Geographe Community Landcare Nursery and President of the WA branch of the Dairy Industry Association of Australia, Andrew has a solid background in agriculture and soil biology. He has worked for the Department of Agriculture and Food and Margaret River Dairy Company, and is now a consultant in the food processing industry.

Jason Ringrose
Water Corporation

Jason lives with his family in Dalyellup. He has worked in diverse leadership roles in Water and Wastewater utilities in the UK and Australia and currently works for Water Corporation. Jason is passionate about sustainability and loves being part of the Collaborative GeoCatch team.

Bev Thurlow
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Bev has over 25 years experience in water resource management, including river and estuary management, flood management, land use planning and water allocation planning. She manages the Regional and Technical Service team for the South West.

Tracy Sonneman
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Tracy moved from the West Kimberley to the South West in recent years to take up a new role at DBCA. She has extensive knowledge and experience in conservation and has co-published a number of research papers.

Leon van Wyk
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Leon’s work at DPIRD regularly involves environmental issues as he spends a considerable amount of time commenting on land use planning related issues. He is also involved in other projects that aim to improve nutrient management and water use efficiency.

Rosina Mogg
Shire of Capel

Rosina moved to Gelorup 20 years ago to raise her family. She owns a local business and has a long history presenting community groups and concerns. She was elected to the Shire of Capel Council in 2019 and joined the GeoCatch board at the same time.

Vick Winton
Community Member

Vicky lives in Busselton with her teacher husband and school-age son. She is a consultant who works with and for Aboriginal groups, government agencies, and private developers to research, record and manage Aboriginal heritage sites within legislative frameworks. Vicky is a keen gardener with broad interests in nature, sustainability, and cultural adaptations to environment.

Ross Bromell
Community Member

As well as sitting on the community advisory committee that helped guide the development of the Ngari Capes Marine Park, Ross was the inaugural manager of the Busselton Jetty, and has been a member of the organising committee for the Busselton Jetty Swim since 1999. Currently working in tourism, he has experience in both local and state government.

Steve Pursell
Community Member

Growing up near the beach in Abbey inspired Steve to study Marine Science and he has recently moved back to Busselton with his young family. Steve had a career in education and now works in natural resource management as Program Manager for OzFish Unlimited in Western Australia. In this role, Steve works with volunteers to deliver projects involving fish, marron and mussel habitat work as well as community seagrass restoration projects.