Systems & Risk Manager - Green Triangle Forestry Products
Odette has been working in the Forest Industry for six years, focussing on systems development, compliance, safety, risk and biodiversity management. She has also worked as a GIS Specialist and managed a photogrammetry and land-use classification company in South Africa for seven years.
Odette has a degree in Information Technology and post graduate in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) as well as a certificate in Wildlife management.
She enjoys working in the forestry industry and is heavily involved in the sustainable management of our forests and conservation of the natural vegetation within and around it. She is involved in various regional forest owners committees focusing on safety and compliance.
Odette loves spending time with her three children and enjoys photography, getting creative and traveling whenever possible.
Human Resources Manager - Laser Electrical Keith & O’Brien Electrical Mount Barker
Maddi lives in Keith and works for a family owned and operated business. The head office is in Keith with a second branch in Mount Barker. She has been working for the Business for the past six years and in the role of HR Manager for the past three. Maddi loves her role in HR and how she can create positive changes to the work environment and in other people’s lives.
Maddi completed her Certificate IV in Human Resources in February 2019 and has plans to further her study in the areas of Human Resources and Psychology.
Maddi is a mother of two young boys, and together with her partner Tim, they enjoy spending time together at the beach and in the boat fishing.
Principal Consultant and Owner- Coleraine Livestock Consulting CEO - MacKillop Farm Management Group
Meg grew up on a beef and cropping property near Millicent. After finishing university in 2011 with a B Livestock Sc (Hons), Meg worked as a Dairy Sales Nutritionist and a Livestock Consultant. At the end of 2013, she moved home to her family’s farm near Millicent where she worked in the cattle enterprise for three years, and continued consulting part time. In 2016, Meg moved to Coleraine in the Western District of Victoria, where she now lives with her partner Owen.
In 2017, Meg and Owen established Coleraine Livestock Consulting, providing livestock consulting and large animal veterinary services to the Limestone Coast and Western District.
Meg currently works in two roles; as the Chief Executive Officer of MacKillop Farm Management Group and as Principal Consultant of Coleraine Livestock Consulting. In her role at MacKillop Farm Management Group, Meg oversees a range of agricultural research, development and extension projects and works closely with farmers and the agriculture industry in the Limestone Coast. In her role at Coleraine Livestock Consulting, Meg works with a small number of clients one-on-one, coordinates a beef discussion group, and manages livestock extension projects.
Meg is also involved in a voluntary capacity as the President of the Grassland Society of Southern Australia, and with the South Australian Livestock Consultants group. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Agronomist - Landmark Bordertown
Hamish completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Adelaide in 2016 before returning to his home town of Bordertown to work as an Agronomist.
Hamish is focused on building solid and trusting relationships with local farmers and assisting to strengthen the productivity and sustainability of their businesses. He has a keen passion for soil science and by overcoming soil constraints and increasing fertility, overall soil health and productivity improves which provides benefits to both the business and the local economy.
Returning home has also allowed Hamish to contribute to the family farm which is focused on red meat and wool production over varying soil types. Hamish is heavily involved with local sport, particularly hockey and cricket. As a player, coach, umpire and committee member he helps to encourage others and facilitate growth, while enjoying the sense of community that sport facilitates. When not involved in agriculture or sport, Hamish spends his spare time in the garden growing various vegetables and tending to fruit trees.
Hamish hopes the program will allow him to develop his communication, organisation and leadership skills so that he can better relate and positively influence others in the local community.
Animal Health Officer - PIRSA
Helen supports livestock producers in the South East through her role with PIRSA. She has returned to her home patch after working in various agriculture sectors across the country. Helen likes the juggle of the big picture of agriculture – getting all the parts to come together optimally and looking at interactions between elements with a systems thinking philosophy. She likes leveraging existing tools and knowledge to solve problems in new sectors.
Life is too short, and there are too many important things to be done in agriculture to put up with empire building – so Helen is spurred to pass on her knowledge, whether it be to colleagues, peers, or students. She has worked in wool and agricultural education from vocational levels through to undergraduate and served on industry committees – particularly where standards of quality, working conditions and education are concerned.
Outside work, Helen has diverse interests such as spending time with friends, enjoying live music, walking her retired greyhounds, watching the Crows play, home brewing, knitting with good Australian wool and reading great Australian fiction.
Manager - Sinclair Wilson | President - Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce
Hayley has been working as an Accountant for over 15 years and
began at Sinclair Wilson in 2017 as a Senior Accountant. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce Degree
with UniSA in 2012 and became a CPA in 2016.
As a Manager her days are spent working with small and medium business owners assisting with all their accounting and taxation needs.
Recently Hayley became President of the Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce after a short period as Treasurer. The highlights of her presidency so far has been the 2019 Outstanding Business Awards and opportunities she has had to network with leaders within the community.
Away from the office, and the Chamber, Hayley’s number one priority is spending time with her family.
Hayley and her husband Craig have two children, Isabelle & Luke, and their evenings and weekends are spent at dancing, soccer and cricket plus spending time with family and friends.
Technical Advisor / Food Technologist - Blue Lake Milling
is serving the Limestone Coast community through his work as Technical Advisor
at Blue Lake Milling. Formally the Blue Lake Oatmeal Milling Co (1867) owned by
O.G. Roberts, the flour mill began processing oats for human consumption in
1875. It was once claimed to be the first oat mill in the state and was later
relocated into the heart of the South Eastern Australia grain growing region
and to the beautiful township of Bordertown.
Ramesh holds a Bachelor of Food Technology and an Executive MBA from his home country of Nepal. He moved to Bordertown with his wife Priyata and two children, Aaryan and Aarshi, in 2012 as a part of the local migrant community. He is currently serving as Secretary of the Tatiara Multicultural Group assisting the diverse migrant community of over 200 members integrate through various advocacy and societal activities.
Ramesh’s work as a food technologist provides him the opportunity to work with local growers to produce high quality grains. It includes meeting compliance and regulatory requirements of the importing countries and contributes to feeding people around the globe while also helping to boost the local economy.
Kristi Brooks (nee Leamey)
Team Leader Library Programs - Mount Gambier Library
Kristi has been with the Mount Gambier Library for 9 ½ years and in her current role she oversees programming and events for children, youth and adults, all aspects of community engagement as well as marketing; print / social media / radio etc. In the absence of the Library Manager, Kristi is 2IC for a team of 19 staff.
Kristi is passionate about the essential role that Libraries play in their local community; whether it be an inclusive space for all to enjoy, a chance to upskill from cradle to grave, a place to foster creativity and exchange ideas - and let’s not forget to support literacy and reading for both lifelong learning and pleasure!
Kristi was recently married (November 2019) to Regan and the two enjoy travel and the outdoors as well as hosting fabulous dinner parties.
Josh has lived on the family farm in Strathdownie his entire life, beginning full time work on the property after completing Year 12 at Tenison Woods College in 2011.
With the family farm evolving quickly, from 4 family members to now up to 7 workers on any given day. Josh is responsible for delegating tasks and ensuring team members work effectively and efficiently together. He has undertaken numerous courses to develop his farming capabilities including stock management courses, agribusiness forums and professional development regarding budgeting, succession and business planning. Josh continually looks at opportunities to further develop his leadership skills.
With the direction the farm is now taking, public speaking and communication skills are growing in importance to achieve what we want to. Josh is keen to be doing this program with like minded people, developing further networks and being open to any opportunities that may arise.
With a busy year ahead, recently engaged and a wedding planned for December. Josh and Ellie enjoy cooking, dining out, training at the local gym, fishing, surfing and generally enjoying beach life at Beachport but most important is spending time with their one year old son Taj.
Community Engagement Facilitator - Limestone Coast
Belinda has called the South East home for over a year, after moving interstate for work from North West Queensland.
Belinda has embedded herself in the community by playing a season of summer volleyball and women’s soccer in winter (and learning very quickly, they still play in the rain!)
Belinda is looking forward to continuing her involvement in the local community by being part of the upcoming Fringe Festival. Belinda has helped lead community events such as busking competitions, a short film festival and more recently International Day of People with Disability.
Belinda recognises how difficult it can be for young professionals to integrate into an entirely new and rural community. She facilitates events and get-togethers for the South East Young Professionals group and has found it rewarding and a great way to meet others.
The regional travel aspect of Belinda’s job role has allowed her to explore and familiarise herself with what the Limestone Coast has on offer.
Family Carer / Support Coordinator - The Growing Space
Anne lives in Mt Gambier and is a long-term family carer who through recognition of her various efforts, was selected from more than 330 nominees from across the state and awarded the SA Community Achievement Carer Award 2019.
She is currently studying the Bachelor in Dementia Care through the University of Tasmania and has held various roles throughout her life.
Anne has a strong social justice focus, having assisted her son work towards his sporting goals Anne has also helped others in the local region through Special Olympics and other disability sporting ventures.
Anne is concerned about rural people with disabilities falling through the cracks in the new Federally funded NDIS. She believes in an inclusive community where people do not face exclusion from ignorance or perceived lack of ability.
Anne is married with three adult children and her fourth grandchild due in early March 2020.
Partner - Peucker Farms
Martin began working on the family sheep and cattle farm in 2003. Working with his father and brothers, they have been able to invest in a range of opportunities to increase in size and production over the past 16 years, achieving approximately a 50% growth in that time.
He has developed his skills in business management, budgets, stock control, animal and soil health and low stress handling techniques and practices.
Working on the family farm has increased his abilities in relationship management, conflict resolution and negotiation skills as anyone working in a family business would know that is a requirement for survival.
Olivia entered the disability sector as an Allied Health Assistant for Minda incorporated in November of 2018. Olivia greatly enjoyed working with vulnerable individuals whilst also grasping the newly introduced NDIS system.
A university graduate as of 2018, Olivia transitioned to a physiotherapist role with Minda in North Brighton, South Australia. An exciting opportunity for Limestone Coast SILS Manager presented itself and the rest is history. Olivia oversees support services to those individuals who live with a diverse range of disabilities across the Limestone Coast.
Being fairly new to the Limestone Coast area, Olivia and her partner are still finding their feet within the community. She feels passionate about the strong community presence and the coasts untouched environment.
On their time off, you will find the pair trail running, frequenting the ‘ParkRun’ or walking their dogs.
Kristen has been working in the Australian wine industry since 2001 with experience learned in both the Barossa and Mt Benson wine regions. Her current role includes Marketing, Direct Sales and Social Media and she forms part of the management team of wine producer Wangolina which is based between Kingston & Robe, Limestone Coast.
Kristen is also a co-owner & Director of The Borrowed Table Co, a collaborative bespoke grazing and catering business that was formed in early 2019 that caters events and occasions throughout the Limestone Coast.
A committed community volunteer Kristen has been involved in many organisations including the Robe & Kingston Football & Netball Clubs, Cape Jaffa Seafood & Wine Fest, Mt Benson Vignerons, KSET, Governing Council of Kingston ELC and a founding member in the Kingston Childcare Working Group.
Married to Tom with a young daughter and two Australian Shepherds, Kristen currently calls Kingston her home after growing up in Robe, prior to living in Adelaide and the Barossa. Kristen is a keen overseas traveller, netballer, lover of all things food & wine, a property renovator and an organiser of any social occasion.