Meet our board members

Board member profile

Richard Trethewey

Presiding Member, Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board

"I wanted to be on the board because of my practical skills in, and good understanding of, land management on Kangaroo Island (KI). I want to give the point of view of people like myself. The board enables me to do that. 

"I am conscious of the economic and social needs on KI. We have a great responsibility in how we manage for them as well as for environmental needs. 

"KI has a fortunate base in that the environment has not been damaged by the demands of overpopulation. It could become a model for having the best of both worlds to show how modern society can exist without sacrificing the environment. 

"I chair the Biosecurity Committee of the board because of the opportunity we have to ensure production of bee and honey products, and also of seed potatoes, is kept viable. There is also the potential for a range of other products to be secured here. The water gap is an advantage for KI for that reason. 

"If our biosecurity is well managed and is working smoothly, we can adapt to situations as they arise. We have measures in place to keep out environmental pests, and we continue to monitor and observe, and adjust accordingly.”

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Mayor Peter Clements

Board Member, Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board

Peter Clements not only brings strong partnerships with local government but will bring asset management and community engagement skills to the KI NRM Board.

"I am a strong advocate for the island’s clean, green image and am a community leader as Mayor of Kangaroo Island Council.

"The community need to trust their leaders, industry and agencies.  Listening, observing and feeling the pulse of the community is of great importance to me.  As a KI NRM Board member I aim to engage with and share the communities views for natural resource management within the Kangaroo Island landscape. 

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Jasper Taylor

Board Member, Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board

"We live in a beautiful place, on KI.  Managing our natural resources as best we can, with integrity to the benefit of the wider community and for the survival of future generations, means dealing with wickedly complex issues and balancing conflicting interests.

"I have worked in community conservation, providing management support to natural resource scientists, and in business, law and governance.

"Common features have been collaboration - listening, understanding, forming and pursuing mutual goals - and pragmatism; I hope to bring both to my activities with the board."

 

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Sara Hourez

Board Member, Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board

 "Although my active interest in the health of the environment came late, I have always been aware of both its beauty and its ability to recover from natural and human impacts. As a pragmatic environmentalist I want to minimise our negative impact, and promote the positive moves that are being made by our state and federal agencies.

"The health of our natural resources is essential to both our economic and our social survival."

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Dr. Peggy Rismiller, OAM

Board Member, Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board

I am an environmental physiologist living and working on the island since 1988.  I previously served 8 years on the Kangaroo Island NRM Board and after a gap year, reapplied to join because I believe the board is an important link between community and government.  Two of my passions (past, present and future) are water and biosecurity.   

Working from a science based background, I believe in the importance of fact gathering and sharing.   It is vital we have informed discussions which provide our community with relevant local information for shaping the course of the islands environmental, economic and social future.   

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 Jenny Stanton

 Board Member, Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board

"I am a farmers wife and have been an agronomist on Kangaroo Island for 10 years, working alongside farmers to grow crops and pastures. 

"My background in agronomy and decision making for cropping and pasture production has supported farmers to maximise profits by increasing production in conjunction with improving their natural resource base.

"My experience has allowed me to support farmers in best practice soil conservation, weed management and I have actively advocated for no-till and zero till seeding methods.

"I have formed strong relationships with the Kangaroo Island farming community through my membership on both the Agriculture Kangaroo Island (Ag KI) committee and the KI NRM Board Biosecurity Advisory Committee.

 

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Kathie Stove

Board Member, Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board

"I have an abiding interest in the conservation of biodiversity in general and on Kangaroo Island in particular. We humans can’t survive without preserving the complex natural interactions that keep our living planet ticking over. My pet hate is weeds.

"My science training is in botany and I worked for 7 years at the State Herbarium of South Australia. Since 1992 I have run my own business, ‘in writing’, which offers editing, writing and training services.

I chair the Coast, Estuarine and Marine Committee and am a member of the Communications Advisory Group which I was instrumental in setting up."

David Welford

 

David Welford

Board Member, Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board

“I am passionate about supporting the local community in achieving sustainability on the home front, including managing water and energy use. 

“With my many years of experience in ecotourism and small business management, I hope to provide further opportunities for the KI NRM Board to strengthen partnerships with the Kangaroo Island tourism industry."

 

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Craig Wickham

Board Member, Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board

“Through local government involvement and an interest in the environment I have worked with the Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board over many years and have always enjoyed the experience.

"I have three motivating factors in joining the board.

"Firstly, many of the activities of the board have a strong environmental focus as expected – my community and business experience provides an opportunity to elevate social and economic considerations as part of board operations.

"Secondly, tourism makes up half of our regional economy yet the opportunities and responsibilities around natural resource management for the tourism industry are not well articulated. As Chair of the Kangaroo Island National Landscapes Steering Committee (a joint federal conservation and tourism initiative) I hope to bring closer focus to this important nexus.

"Finally, the governance of Kangaroo Island is multi-layered with many different planning processes and controls – some of which run parallel at best and in some cases are divergent. The recent amalgamation of the NRM function with the former Department of Environment and Natural Resources is a big step in the right direction and there are many opportunities to further improve our governance processes. I hope to be able to make a positive contribution in this area.”

 

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Damian Miley

Executive Officer to the Board

Regional Director, Natural Resources Kangaroo Island, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources