Meet our members

Community representatives

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Janet Brook

Presiding Member, SA Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board

Janet was appointed to the SA Arid Lands Natural Resources Management (SAAL NRM) Board as Presiding Member in 2011 after a long association with NRM in the region. She was a member of the community-based Marree-Innamincka NRM Group since the board’s inception in 2005 and has been a board member since late 2009.

Janet also spent two years on the old Marree Soil Conservation Board, where she was involved with the beginnings of the NRM Act 2004 and the former Rangelands Integrated NRM Group. Janet is particularly keen to build on the SAAL NRM Board’s achievements and maintain the relevance of the board in the region. Her term as Presiding Member will be critical to delivering on the SAAL Regional NRM Plan, which sets the direction for NRM in the region to 2020.

Since 1998, Janet has lived with her husband, Anthony, and their four children, on Cordillo Downs, an 8000 square kilometre cattle station in the far north east of South Australia. She has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science.

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Ross Sawers

Board Member

Ross has a long history of involvement in regional South Australia. He has managed a sheep and cattle station in the north-east of the state for twenty years, run a contracting business in the Northern Territory and been involved in geology and exploration.

Ross joined OZ Minerals in 2006, working on the Prominent Hill project through start up and construction, overseeing and managing of the external relations and environment departments. His role encompasses community relations, pastoralist and government liaison, and environmental issues related to Prominent Hill. Ross assisted with developing and implementing the training and employment programs for people in regional South Australia, known as the OZ Minerals Pre-Employment Training Program. He has also been involved in developing training programs in the wool industry and for local communities in the north-east of the state.

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Catherine Hollingsworth

Board Member

Catherine lives on Moonaree Station, a wool producing property in the Gawler Ranges NRM district, where she is involved managing and operating the property with her husband.

Catherine has a Masters of Regional and Urban Planning and has 15 years experience as a regional and urban planner for both state and local governments. She has worked across a number of areas, including strategy, policy writing and assessment, and development assessment.

Catherine is currently employed by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and is responsible for assessing council initiated Development Plan Amendments within regional areas. Prior to joining the Board, Catherine was a member of the Gawler Ranges NRM group and the Gawler Ranges Progress Association.

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Leonard Nutt

Board Member

Leonard was brought up on a mixed farm at Hallett in the mid north of South Australia before moving to Edeowie Station in the Flinders Ranges with his parents in the mid 1970s, where he has worked since. On Edeowie he has been actively involved with the Hawker/Parachilna Land Rehabilitation Program, undertaken fox and goat control as part of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources' Operation Bounceback and conducted rabbit control, contour furrowing and seeding through Natural Resources SA Arid Lands.

Leonard was a member of the North Flinders Soil Conservation Board for several years, before the board was dissolved in 2005 and replaced by the North Flinders NRM Group, where he took on the role of group chair. During this time the group was instrumental in getting the Biteback program for dingo control up and running. Leonard stepped down as the group chair/member in 2011 and took a position on the SAAL NRM Board.

Leonard holds a Certificate in Wool Classing and a Diploma in Agriculture.

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Rick Barratt

Board Member

Rick has over 25 years experience as a scientific officer with the South Australian Government and as an environmental consultant. He has extensive skills in biodiversity assessment and monitoring, flora and fauna surveys and has led several major surveys of flora and fauna in all mainland states.

A major focus for his work has been the development and application of techniques to assess and monitor the impact of domestic stock grazing on Australian arid and semi-arid ecosystems.

Through his work in both fauna survey and vegetation monitoring on the River Murray and Cooper/Diamantina floodplains, Rick has developed excellent skills in flora and fauna identification and habitat assessment.

As a South Australian Government representative in Indigenous Land Use Agreement negotiations, Rick has worked extensively with native title claimant groups and other stakeholders and has a good working knowledge of the Native Title Act (1993).

His recent work with the Science Monitoring and Knowledge Branch of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, as a senior ecologist, has included flora and fauna surveys as part of mining/development environmental approvals (including EPBC referrals) and ecological assessment and approvals for fibre optic cable installation for routes in SA, WA, Queensland and NT.

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Murray Tyler

Board Member

Murray lived and worked in the SAAL NRM region for 14 years and was previously a member of the Marree-Innamincka NRM group. He has worked in the mining industry for over 25 years, since graduating as a geologist, and now works as an Environmental Advisor for BHP Billiton on the Olympic Dam expansion project. Prior to this he worked as the Senior Environmental Scientist at their Olympic Dam operation, with responsibility for environmental programs associated with groundwater and water supply to the site.

Murray has a Masters Degree in Environmental Management, and is also the mining sector representative on the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee.

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Mark Sutton

Board Member

Mark has a commitment to the outback developed over a period of 20 years of living and working in the region. He first arrived in the region in 1993 as a Constable with the South Australia Police and, over nine years, was stationed at Leigh Creek, Marree, Innamincka, Marla, the Pitjantjatjara Lands, Coober Pedy, Woomera, Roxby Downs, Andamooka, William Creek and finally at Oodnadatta.

Whilst in Oodnadatta, Mark also served as the Chair of the Oodnadatta Progress Association (1999-2002) and shortly afterwards accepted the position of Community Development Officer with the Outback Community Development Trust based in Port Augusta. Shortly afterwards, Mark took on the role of Manager and, in 2010, took on his current role.

Mark is the General Manager of the Office for the Outback Communities Authority (OCA), a South Australian Government Statutory Authority responsible for community development and limited ‘local government’ service provision in the out-of-councils area of the state.

Mark’s knowledge of the region and its people is widely acknowledged and his input is frequently sought in developing regional policy, ranging from economic development to drought response to infrastructure provision.

Malcolm Pridham

Board Member

Malcolm is a highly experienced banker – with over 40 years banking experience and a strong Agricultural finance background. He has lived and worked in many locations across the State and has strong skills in strategic planning, business development and business management.

Malcolm was brought up on the family farm on Yorke Peninsula and has a strong understanding of rural SA and continues to be involved in the family farming operations in the South East.

Malcolm has a Diploma in Rural Business Management, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors,  Agribusiness Association, SA Rural Media Association, Ag Institute and is a SA Justice of the Peace.

Glenise Coulthard

Board Member

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Government representatives

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Neil Power

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Neil is the Director, State Research Coordination, Goyder Institute with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR).

Neil has extensive experience in managing technical assessment programs in surface water hydrology, ground water and water ecology in DEWNR and experience in water resource management and policy advice. Neil is the Chair of the National Groundwater Working Group, which is a national policy advisory group to the National Resources Management Ministerial Council, and he chaired a COAG working group on ground water in 2008.

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Michael Malavazos

Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy

Michael has a Bachelor of Engineering – Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide and a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from the Flinders University of South Australia. He currently holds the position of Director, Engineering Operations, Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy.

He has played a key role in establishing and implementing South Australia’s objective and risk based regulatory regime for the upstream petroleum, transmission pipeline and geothermal industries. Michael is very passionate about facilitating community confidence in the resources industries through building trust between the industry, the government and the community through the principles of openness and transparency. He is particularly keen to ensure that the community is aware and informed of industry developments and plans in the SAAL region of the obligations of industry under the various Mining and Petroleum legislation, and more importantly the rights and role of landowners and other stakeholders in the regulation of the resources industries.

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John Virtue

Primary Industries and Regions SA

John is the Manager of NRM Biosecurity, Biosecurity SA, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA). NRM Biosecurity provides state-level policy, technical and management support for weeds, pest animals and aquatic pests, working in close collaboration with DEWNR and other government, industry and community stakeholders.

John has a Bachelor and PhD degree in agricultural science and worked for 14 years as the state’s Weed Ecologist before shifting into the manager role in 2009. He has researched weed biology, impacts and control methods, and is a national leader in developing weed risk assessment systems to prioritise regional control programs. He is now applying this expertise more broadly to include pest animals. John represents SA on the intergovernmental Australian Weeds Committee and Vertebrate Pest Committee.