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Gippsland Coastal Board Members

Membership of the Gipplsand Coastal Board: September 2015 to June 30 2018


memberellis2Cr. Dick Ellis, former Mayor of the Shire of East Gippsland and long term resident of Lakes Entrance has a diverse background in public administration and business. His background includes senior management positions within the Victoria Police and management roles in the agricultural, tourism and food manufacturing industries. He is a member of several Gippsland wide public boards associated with the Gippsland Coast and Lakes. He is the current Chair of the Gippsland Local Government Network. It is through this active engagement with the region that his interest in the governance of the Gippsland coast has grown. Dick maintains a long engagement with community organisations and is a past President of his local Rotary Club.


memberpaul2Paul is a Civil Engineer and has recently left Local Government after 34 years. Most recently he was the Environment Manager with Bass Coast Shire responsible for managing 42 kilometres of coastal reserve and coastal recreational facilities and providing strategic advice and preparing policy on all environmental matters. He currently has a small consulting business focussing on managing reserves and small projects. Over the years he has been on various community and recreation club committees and is currently a member of the Phillip Island Nature Park Community Advisory Committee and the Catchment Ecosystem Advisory Committee for the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority. Paul who lives in San Remo is married with three grown up children and is an active user of the coast as a surfer, recreational fisherman, beach walker and camper. His focus continues to be on ensuring that the environmental, social, health and economic benefits of the marine and coastal reserves are sustainable and will be there for our future generations.


memberrod2Rod Thomas has been a Coastal Engineer for over 40 years. Educated At Melbourne University and Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, he spent 20 years in applied coastal research with Ports and Harbors at the Marine Models Laboratory working in Victoria as well as interstate and overseas in Indonesia. He then spent 9 years as the Gippsland Regional Manager for the Port of Melbourne Authority, setting up Gippsland Ports and managing the east coast Associated Ports. For the past 15 years he has operated Tibar Services, a Coastal Engineering and Port Management Consultancy and contracting in maritime construction, building various coastal facilities around Victoria.


Susan has been on public and Not For Profit board for the past 17 years and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Professionally Susan has worked at an executive/CEO level in Medical and community focused organisations and has a diversity of employment in the Education, University, Local & State Government and Environment sectors. In the past Susan was an elected Local Government Councillor for Latrobe City and was a Graduate of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program in 1998. She is passionate about Leadership, Gippsland and Waratah Bay where she enjoys her time off. Susan is currently a Board member of Kooweerup Regional Health Services,  the African Think Tank Inc and is President of Latrobe Valley Volleyball Inc.


Michelle DicksonMichelle has a background in catchment and waterway management in Victoria. She was previously responsible for leading the water program for the West Gippsland CMA and has experience in strategic planning, collaborative partnerships and program delivery as well as technical skills in water quality and waterway management. Michelle now works as a consultant with Natural Decisions, where she leads and contributes to a range of environmental decision making projects across Australia. Michelle lives on a small farm in South Gippsland and is passionate about the region’s waterways and coast.


Joanne AndrewsJoanne has over 15 years of experience in the natural resource management industry, working mostly in leadership roles in catchment and waterway management.  Joanne grew up in Bairnsdale, and after moving to Melbourne to pursue university studies, returned to Bairnsdale and worked at the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority for five years.  In 2006, Joanne returned to Melbourne to work with Melbourne Water in a variety of roles including waterway and flood management, strategy and urban planning and development.  In 2014, Joanne returned to Bairnsdale to live and raise her own family on a small farmlet adjacent to the Nicholson river. Joanne currently works as the NRM Business Manager with the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation.  Joanne enjoys spending her spare time enjoying East Gippsland’s many rivers and lakes and is committed to working towards improving the environmental health of Gippsland and integrating Aboriginal Traditional Owner culture and land practices into this.


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