MEET THE SGLN BOARD
OUR PASSIONATE TEAM HELP KEEP SGLN ON TRACK
Libby Anthony- Chair
Mardan Mirboo North Landcare group
Libby has worked for 20 years as an environmental scientist including in senior management of national not-for-profit community groups, green industry and state and local governments. She has been a member of a number of boards over the years including the Alternative Technology Association, CERES Community Environment Park, Mardan & Mirboo North Landcare, Southern Bushfoods Association, South East Councils Climate Change Association, Sustainability Victoria, and Westernport Biosphere Foundation. She has been honoured with a Commonwealth Centenary Medal for Services to the Community in the Development of Renewable Energy.
Libby has skills and experience in environmental management, strategy development, community education programs, project management, financial management, corporate governance, media and marketing, report writing, public speaking and fund-raising.
With a strong commitment to all aspects of sustainable living, Libby brings this knowledge to the Network. Having been a member of Landcare for over 10 years, She is keen to improve the biodiversity of the area. As a member of Birdlife Australia, LIbby participates in the annual Birds In Backyard survey. She has also been involved in SGLN’s Koala monitoring program.
Recently she and her husband retired and moved full-time to their passive solar, strawbale house on a 13 acre farm near Mirboo. They share this land with resident wombats and koalas and have fenced off and been revegetating two creeks, a wetland and fern gully. Having undertaken farm planning and pasture management courses, Libby hopes to learn more and support sustainable agricultural practices. She and her husband have been experimenting with growing bushfoods on our property and provide produce to a local bushfood business.
Mark Walters – Vice Chair
Poowong Landcare Group
Mark was appointed as Chair of the Board in 2014, he has operated an Accounting and Financial Planning business in Melbourne for the past 29 years. Eight years ago he purchased 240 acres of rolling hills at Loch. He runs beef cattle on the property. The farm had very little vegetation on it and Mark is in the process of revegetating the gullies and providing shelter belts for stock. Both Landcare and Melbourne Water have provided assistance for this. He has also put in 25 ha of commercial timber plantation for saw log timber. Mark was involved in the Slow the Flow project in Westernport as a cluster representative and was appointed to the SGLN Board in 2010.
Russell Swan – Treasurer
Tarwin Valley/Nerrena Landcare Group
Russell joined the Board in 2015 and is originally from the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne with a 25 year background in Banking and International Finance. Currently he is the Finance and Administration Manager of Saxton Speakers Bureau.
Five years Russell, and his wife Jenni, made the move to South Gippsland. They run beef cattle on a 170 acre, hill country farm at Stony Creek. The farm initially had very little vegetation on it and so they are in the process of re-vegetating Stony Creek, which flows through the property. To date the Swan’s have planted approximately 4,000 trees along the creek, providing a corridor to remnant bush on neighbouring properties.
Russell was a founding member and the inaugural Secretary of the Tarwin Valley Landcare group at its inception in 2011 and he continues to be an active member of the group. Having completed the Whole Farm Planning course, Russell valued the experience that the lecturers shared. This further inspired Russell to work with Landcare to improve the property, waterways and revegetate to encourage indigenous flora and fauna back to the area.
Mark Uren- General Member
Mardan Mirboo North Landcare Group
Mark has been a member of the SGLN Board for 10 years fullfilling the role of Board Chair from 2012-2014. Mark originally comes from Melbourne where he worked as an IT Manager. In 2003 he established a native seed business and developed several novel techniques to collect and process native seed for speciﬁc revegetation projects. Mark has collected large quantities of seed for projects such as the Basslink Offset Project in Giffard and the Delatite Arm Revegetation Project on Lake Eildon. More recently he has been involved in Bushﬁre Recovery work in the Latrobe Valley and most recently was the Project Manager for the GippsTAFE Bushﬁre Recovery and Community Jobs Project which employed about 40 trainees and works crew to assist with bushﬁre recovery activities in the Latrobe Valley.
Rosemary Knox- General Member
Loch/Nyora Landcare Group
Rosemary was appointed to the Board in October 2018. Full bio to come.
Alex Swan- General Member
Nerrena/Tarwin Valley and Gippsland Intrepid Landcare groups
Alex was appointed to the Board in October 2018. Full bio to come.