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Dr Pat McWhirter
Title of her talk: Harewood – Westernport: Weaving Star dust into our Story
Pat has a passion for Westernport landscape and history. She shares the learnings about the environment and history from her property Harewood with the local community through her membership of the Westernport Landcare Group and the WP Biosphere Reserve. Pat is a specialist bird vet and also works in a volunteer capacity with the community in establishing wild life corridors.
Title of her talk: The Resilient Conservationist
Viv has been Manager and Owner of the Maryknoll Indigenous Plant nursery since 1999. She is an inaugural member of the Back Creek Landcare Group in the position of Secretary. Viv also works for the environment as Project Officer for Cardinia Catchment Landcare Group Inc. Her passion for the local bushland drives her as Custodian of the Sister Chanel Reserve, in Maryknoll.
Karen Alexander OAM
Title of her talk: FROM PEDDER TO PASPALUM
Karen was named Emerald Citizen of the Year in 2014 and last year was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her long time contribution to the environment. She started Johns Hills Landcare Group and is either a member or a co-founder of many other organisations associated with the Dandenong Ranges including the Cardinia Environment Coalition (CEC).
Karen was a founding member of the Wilderness Society in Victoria. She has either worked for or been on the board of such organisations as the Greens, Australian Conservation Foundation, Bush Heritage Australia, Victorian National Parks Association, Farm Tree and Landcare Association and the United Nations Environment Program.
She and her partner David have 24 acres in Clematis that her grandfather cleared in the 1920s; over the last 30 years two-thirds has either regenerated or been revegetated and is about to be covenanted with the Trust for Nature.
Tracie Armstrong – Cardinia Shire Sustainability Officer
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Tracie works in the Environment Department at the Shire with her main focus being sustainability, Integrated Water Management and Strategic Environmental Strategy. Her prior work was as Environmental Project Manager for Monash University where in 2014 the projects she was responsible for won the Green Gown Awards, the Sir John Monash Leadership Award and were finalists for the Banksia Awards and Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities Award. Tracie’s passion for sustainability is reflected in her personal life and her family has begun a journey to reduce their environmental impact by creating and living in a tiny home which they hope to take completely off-grid by the middle of the year.