Committee of Management
The VLC is governed by a committee of Management that is elected by the Council Delegates.
The current Committee of Management comprises:
Una Allender, (Landcare Professional)
Una grew up on the family farm near Lake Bolac in Western Victoria, returning to the farm in 1976
after many years away, including studying for an Agricultural Science degree at Melbourne University.
Una has worked in various areas including with pigs (James Cook University, Townsville and Mayfair Farms,
Bendigo), horticulture, market research and soil analysis, and recently retired as Streatham Branch coordinator for Southern Farming Systems. After working in natural resource management in a variety of roles over many years, she is now the Local Landcare Facilitator for Upper Hopkins Land Management Group. Una is a member of the executive of Beyond Bolac Catchment
Action Group and Secretary of the Lake Bolac Eel Festival which has a significant environmental element.
Klaus Boelke , (Landcare Professional)
Ross has worked as a facilitator, trainer and consultant across government since 1980, and in natural
resource management since 1995.
His passion is the social processes of natural resource management the way people work together.
He has worked at State government level on policy and research, with
CMAs facilitating planning regional planning, and with Landcare groups and networks.
His PhD research, completed 2010, looked at the place of Landcare in NRM and what Landcare members and staff can do to
increase Landcares influence.
Ross is Vice President of Riddells Creek Landcare, where he has settled on five acres of weeds with a very lovely creek at the bottom.
Mike and his wife and four children left the big smoke in 1999 and did the tree change,
moving from work in IT and life in the burbs, to work and life on 17 acres in Neerim South.
He established an indigenous plant nursery in 2000 and immediately became fully ensconced in landcare
and other local community groups. In 2008, following a back operation (nursery work is indeed hard on the back),
his eldest son took over the reins and Mike developed a new specialised printing business supporting
the horticultural industry across the country. He has chaired, presided and officiated over numerous community organisations and until recently also sat on the board of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority. Mike remains a committee member for the Neerim & District Landcare Group, member of the Swifts Creek-Ensay Landcare Group (the family has a property at Cassilis, near Omeo)
and is now very proud to be a part of the VLC team.
Phil Horner - Treasurer
Phil is a retired business systems professional with a personal mission to empower community.
He has been actively involved in Landcare at the local, network and regional levels since 2007
and became a VLC delegate for the North East in 2011.
He joined the CoM in 2012 and currently serves as Treasurer, actively involved in the development of the governance of the VLC. He is a networker and has a strong belief in supporting community capacity to deliver locally relevant outcomes. Phil has been a member of his local Upper Ovens Valley LG since 2007, and currently serves the Ovens Landcare Network as Secretary.
His local group is urban style, working on public land.
Terry Hubbard - President
Terry had a varied working life, before purchasing his family′s current property, The Three Sisters in
Flowerdale, in 1989. The property was extensively cleared, eroded, and weed infested. Over the past 20
years a program of fencing, revegetation, and weed eradication has seen the farm become something of
an example of successful Landcare work. Terry is immediate past President of the Strath Creek Landcare
Group, President of the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network, President of the Victorian Landcare Council, a
member of the Farm Tree and Landcare Association, and a delegate to the National Landcare Network, and
he is committed to achieving "one voice for Landcare" in Victoria.
Sandy grew up on farm on the Goulburn River at Seymour. He holds a Masters in Rural
Science( UNE) and is the Founding Principal of the Orange Agricultural College, now
Charles Sturt University.
He was the Federal Member for Calare, in the central west of NSW and during his time in
parliament was Chair House Representatives Standing Committee for Environment and
He is a current Board member of Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and
local coordinator of Burnt Creek Landcare Group.
Beth Ripper - Vice President
Born on a dairy farm at Airly near Stratford, Beth studied and worked in education and the arts in Melbourne,
before returning to Stratford, where she is an active participant in many community groups.
An artist, community singer, organic gardener, WOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) host, small business
owner and community project worker, she on the board the Maffra and District Landcare Network and the
Shakespeare on the River Festival Committee.
Beth is an active member of the Avon Landcare Group, Gippsland Climate Change Network and
Gippsland Plains Railtrail Committee of Management.
An ex Wellington Shire councillor she chairs the Women′s Participation in Local Government Coalition.
Beth is Vice chair of the Victorian Landcare Council.
Kaye Rodden - Secretary
Kaye grew up on a farm in the Yarra Valley and now farms sheep with her husband on a
property west of Geelong, on the Barwon River. She has been involved in landcare and
natural resource management for over 30 years. Kaye is a founding member of Barrabool
Hills Landcare Group and also spent nine years as a Board Member of the Corangamite
Catchment Management Authority, retiring in 2009. She is a past board member of the
Geelong Landcare Network and immediate past chair of the Otway Agroforestry Network.
Kaye is currently President of the Barrabool Hills Landcare Group. She has been a
Corangamite delegate to the VLC since 2010. Kaye was awarded a doctorate for her
research into trace element nutrition of sheep and holds an honours degree in Agricultural
Science, a Diploma of Education and a Master Tree Grower certificate.
Matt Stephenson, (Landcare Professional)
Matt began work with East Gippsland and Maffra and District Landcare Networks in 1999 and has been employed by the Bass Coast Landcare Network since 2005.
Beginning work on African Lovegrass and Serrated Tussock projects he now manages projects that concentrate on the control of over 40 weed
species and is coordinating a team writing a rabbit management strategy for the Bass Coast region.
A former President of the Victorian Landcare Network, he is now President of the Weed Society of Victoria,
and a committee member of the South Gippsland Community Weeds Taskforce. He focuses on building and strengthening
links between community Landcare initiatives and the broader aspects of pest plant and animal control.
Matt is a keen advocate for sensible and sustainable land management practices and supporting those that share that philosophy.
He has established farm forestry and revegetation sites on the family property at Glenaladale.