Members

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.

Felicity Bradshaw
Chair

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.

Lorellyn Tomlinson
Treasurer

After retiring from teaching, Lorellyn now educates school children and the wider community about the plight of the Western Ringtail Possum. Her role as Vice President of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation group FAWNA allows her to see firsthand the threats to this critically endangered species in our backyard.

Julie 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.

Jeff Falconer
Community member

Jeff joined in 2010 and is actively involved in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation through his involvement in the Western Ringtail Possum Group, Wonnerup Residents Association and DBCA Wildlife Rehabilitators Committee. Jeff is a retired school principal and recently founded Possums R Us, which is dedicated to caring for Western Ringtail Possums.

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.

Michelle Priest
Community member

Joining the Board in 2020, Michelle is our newest member. With a background in public relations and tourism, and environmental science, Michelle brings a wealth of experience from the corporate world and leading advertising agencies. She runs her own successful driving school and is passionate about local commerce.

Nik Sellheim
Community member

A Quindalup local who dedicates much of his time to volunteering with the Meelup Regional Park Management Committee, Geographe Community Landcare Nursery and Toby Inlet Catchment Group. Retired from his information technology and corporate restructuring career, Nik now works part time for a local winery.

Jason Ringrose
Water Corporation

Jason joined the Board in 2020 as the Water Corporation agency representative. He is the Operations Services Manager with Water Corporation and has been involved in the Vasse Diversion Drain upgrade and rehabilitation project.

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.

Ross Paine
City of Busselton

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.

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.