Meet our board members

Kerry DeGaris has been appointed by the Minister for Environment and Water as the Presiding Member of the Limestone Coast Landscape Board.

Her role will be to support the establishment of the new Landscape Board and implement the government’s NRM reform agenda.

Kerry has also been appointed to oversee the South East NRM Board as a single member board up until 1 July 2020. This will involve administering the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 in the lead up to the commencement of the new Landscape South Australia Act 2019.

This arrangement ensures certainty and a smooth transition for communities and land users across the regions, with current NRM services continuing to be delivered as normal until new the Act officially commences.

Following 1 July 2020, the NRM Act and Board will no longer exist and be replaced by the Limestone Coast Landscape Board. For more information visit

 SE NRM Board member Kerry DeGaris

Kerry DeGaris

Presiding Member, since 2019

Born and bred at Bool Lagoon, Kerry moved to Adelaide to study Agricultural Science, and has been back in the region on farm at Bool since 2004.

After graduation, I moved to the Riverland then on to Griffith in NSW to work in the wine industry.  I returned home to Naracoorte to work as a viticulturist and complete a Masters degree in viticulture. I have also completed a PhD with a focus on irrigation management using moderately saline water and how to influence ion movement in grapevines.

I now work in the local wine industry part time, and am involved in a number of community groups including the Penola Show, Penola National Trust, Limestone Coast Ladies, and Bool Lagoon Hall.

With an interest in water management, in my time on the Board I hope to influence how water and our other natural resources are managed in the region.