Committee

Our management committee consists of volunteers who represent many of the diverse Landcare groups and interests of our region. The following office bearers were nominated on the eve of Wednesday 22nd June at our Annual General Meeting.

Clive Smith
Clive Smith
Chairperson - Granite Borders Landcare Committee Inc.

Qualification / education-Dip. Production Engineering.

Interests (relative to Landcare)-Grazing management, landscape improvement, soil health, human health and wild dog control.

Employment history-Currently self-employed for the last 25 years, grazier, superfine wool merinos. Have been employed by CBC Bank, Westpac, NZI Securities, Custom Credit as Database Analyst and Senior Systems Analyst.

Other relevant skills– Secretary & committee member of Trap Rock Wool group, Chair of Southern Downs Wild Dog Advisory Group, Treasurer of  EMS association, President Drumsleed Wild Dog Control Group, Warden Drumsleed Fire Brigade, member  Southern Downs Pest Advisory Committee.

 

Rod Dowe
Rod Dowe
Vice Chairperson - Granite Borders Landcare Committee Inc.

Qualification / education- Leaving Certificate, Hawkesbury Diploma of Agriculture , Hons. Sheep and Wool East Sydney Technical, National Service NCO Course, Six month study Tour (Agriculture) England, Scotland, USA, and Canada as recipient of Star Junior Farmer of NSW. Advanced Holistic management with Allan Savory Orange NSW, Zimbabwe Africa, and Albuquerque USA.

Interests (relative to Landcare)-Harvesting sunlight energy in a  regenerative agriculture, soils, compost, biodiversity, fencing, water harvesting and systems, fish, shade and shelter, birds, wildlife, keyline agriculture, improved pastures, grazing management, low stress animal handling, genetics, nutrition and marketing.

Employment history- Casual Weekend work with P.A.Yeomans Keyline Development of his Nth Richmond properties whilst at Hawkesbury.  Self Employed- 60 years on farm producing wool, lambs and beef. Concurrently off farm 10 years wool classing and shearing contracting, 12 years harvesting contracting, 13 years as a voluntary  producer rep. with MLA Research and Development Committee, incl. vice chair of Biodiversity Committee.

Other relevant skills– Captain & Vice Captain Homestead Fire Brigade 52 years. Tenterfield Landcare founding member convened 1st meeting in 1989. President of the Local branch of the Cattleman's Union.

 

Neil Fordyce
Neil Fordyce
Vice Chairperson - Granite Borders Landcare Committee Inc.

Qualification / education– Completed 3rd year geology at University.

Interests (relative to Landcare)-Forestry, Farm Forestry, Carbon, Endangered species

Employment history- For the last 10 years, Consulting Data Analyst, Minffordd Pty Ltd, Providing data management services to mineral exploration industry.  

Prior to that 16 years with Placer Dome Inc of Canada and Barrick Gold 

- Senior Computer Geo-scientist Australian Exploration.

- Regional Manager GIS & Computer Services Africa/Eurasia Exploration.

- GIS Specialist Placer Dome Exploration Technical Specialists Group.

- GIS Specialist Placer Dome Tanzania North Mara Mine.

- Senior Spatial Data System Global Analyst, Barrick Gold Mining Information Technology Group.

Other relevant skills-Geographical Information Systems, Relational database management system,  Statistical Analysis and  Public speaking.

Margaret Smith
Margaret Smith
Secretary - Granite Borders Landcare Committee Inc

Qualification / education- Wool Classing Certificate.

Interests (relative to Landcare)- Grazing practices to improve sheep, wool and pastures, animal and human health.

Employment history- Self-employed for 25 years grazier with superfine merinos. Employed on a casual basis as wool-classer to local graziers last 19 years. Previously employed by her father-in-law's medical surgery as part-time receptionist, after 10 years working with CBC Bank as Communications Senior Programmer/Analyst.

Other relevant skills- Sec/Treasurer of Drumsleed RFB and Deputy Warden. Committee member on Sheep and Wool Committee and Catering Committee of Stanthorpe Agricultural Society.  Secretary Drumsleed Wild Dog Control Group.

 

Geoff Robertson
Geoff Robertson
Treasurer - Granite Borders Landcare Committee Inc

Qualification / education– Yr 10 Brisbane State High .

Interests (relative to Landcare)- Local ecology, beef cattle production, dung beetles, bird watching & recording.

Employment history– Systems analyst, QLD Dept. of Lands Deputy Registrar of Titles, self employed grazier..

Other relevant skills - Networking, grass, scrub, trees & dung beetle identification, pasture trial work.

 

Frank Patterson
Frank Patterson
Public Officer - Granite Borders Landcare Committee Inc.

Qualification / education-Leaving Certificate at TAS Armidale. Various courses at TAFE. RFI instructor and Group leader with Rural Fire Service.

Interests (relative to Landcare)-Bio diversity, protection of native animal and birds, sustainable agriculture, control of erosion and weeds.

Employment history–Self employed grazier. Contracting jobs- fruit picking and header driver.

Any other relevant skills-Fire management, welding and truck driving.

 

Alan Horneman
Alan Horneman
Executive Committee Member - Granite Borders Landcare Committee Inc.

Qualification / education– HSC and 12 mth Diploma Agriculture (Yanco).

Interests (relative to Landcare)- Land, environment and ecology.

Employment history– Self employed farmer and machinery operator.

Other relevant skills-Organiser, driver, well read, chair of local Landcare group.

 

Jim Landers
Jim Landers
Executive Committee Member - Granite Borders Landcare Committee Inc.

Qualification / education– Intermediate Certificate, Registered Wool Classer

Interests (relative to Landcare)-Swales, pastures, lamb & beef production.

Employment history– Self employed farmer,

Any other relevant skills-Councillor to Agricultural Society NSW, Chairman District Committee Royal Agricultural Society, Voluntary President Tenterfield Showground Trust, President / Treasurer Tenterfield Show Society, Captain Steinbrook Bush Fire Brigade,  Secretary Tenterfield  Wild Dog Control Group and was heavily involved in Scouts and Rural Youth.

 

Rex Maddocks
Rex Maddocks
Executive Committee Member - Granite Borders Landcare Committee Inc

Qualification / education-High School Intermediate Certificate, 5 year Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship including 4 years C and J Certificate Course at Gore Hill Tech.

Interests (relative to Landcare)- Soil remediation, Organic growing of nutrient dense food, Reading and discussion with people in the field to keep up to date with best biological farming practice.

Employment history– Most of career self-employed as a builder in Coffs Harbor, Owned and operated a timber supply  business in Coffs Harbor 1977-1986, Building Estimator for a precut sawmill and also for a local Builder 1986-1993.

Any other relevant skills-Founding member-with continued membership for 15 years- of   Border Landcare Organic Group-BLOG. Member of the BLOG Steering Group over this period involved in organizing and implementing many BLOG outings including numerous speakers. Through BLOG promoting Human Health through education by advocating for the important  relationship that healthy soil has in  producing healthy food .

 

Steven Ost
Steven Ost
Executive Committee Member - Granite Borders Landcare Committee Inc.

Qualification / education– Year 11 high school & various work related training courses 

Interests (relative to Landcare)-sustainable agriculture through maintaining a profitable beef cattle operation while trying to improve and maintain the native plant and animal environment .

Employment history– Self employed farmer and have worked in the past in the feed lot industry and various other retail and machinery orientated jobs. Rangers Valley feed lot equipment operator.

Other relevant skills-Has been involved in several re-vegetation and river and creek restoration projects and can operate plant machinery, trucks and other equipment.  

 

Kevin Jones
Kevin Jones
Executive Committee Member - Granite Borders Landcare Committee Inc.

Qualification / education - Land Surveying/Mapping qualifications from University of Queensland.

Interests (relative to Landcare) – Sustainable land management practices based on biological farming principles.

Employment history – Surveyor with Qld Dept of Mapping and Surveying (formerly Lands Dept), Lecturer/Course Coordinator in Surveying and Mapping QUT (formerly QIT), Currently running a small farm business.

Other relevant skills – Member North Granite Belt Rural Fire Brigade.