Carolyn was first elected as a director of South Coast NRM in 2014. She renominated in 2017 to give the organisation some continuity for the next three years as it enters a challenging period in terms of ongoing funding. She believes that her experience will assist in supporting the organisation with this challenge.
She is passionate about the environment and sustainable production, in particular, one of her passions is soil health as people come and go but the soil remains and if it is kept in good health, it will serve the triple line outcomes that we aspire to being environmental, economic and social benefits. This aspiration dovetails nicely with many of the new NLP 2 objectives.
Carolyn is a partner of a 6,000 ha mixed farming operation which has participated in revegetation, remnant vegetation protection, rehabilitation of saline areas, farm and catchment planning and land for wildlife since the 1980s and she will be retaining this business interest in the central area of the region.
Carolyn brings a substantial background in NRM both as a practitioner and a producer and has extensive experience working at a local, regional and state level with and for federal, state and local governments. She also is involved in the community in local not for profit groups and is currently a member of the Fitzgerald Biosphere Group and the South Coast Management Group.
From the end of September (2017), Carolyn will be mostly residing in Albany which will enable her to be more available for Board duties and is prepared to travel across the region to further lift the profile of the organisation.