Mob: 0402 650 382
Peter is the Sustainable Agriculture Manager and has been working with the WPCLN since March 2006 as an employee & as a contractor. He is passionate about Regenerative Agriculture and is committed to supporting farmers in their endeavours to continually improve the natural resources we are blessed with in Gippsland.
Peter has significant experience in delivering large multi-partner agriculture focused projects in the region. Some recent projects include; Demonstrating Sustainable Farm Practices in Western Port, Port Philip & Yarra Catchments; Soil carbon & acidification benchmarking on 109 farms; and Trialling the effects different fertilisers have on pasture production and soil biology.
Peter also volunteers with ‘Beyond Subsistence‘ which supports & trains subsistence farmers in Africa to bring about long-term, sustainable improvements in the areas of farm productivity, nutrition, and the environment through the integration of trees on farms for multiple benefits.
His qualifications are in; Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Adult Training & Auditing Environmental Management Systems.
Mob: 0407 548 765
Working days: Part-time, by appointment
Natalie Mikecz commenced as the Landcare Projects Officer with WPCLN in February 2019. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and has experience with Conservation Volunteers Australia, Parks Victoria roles and in bushland management teams. She is a founding member of Western Port Intrepid Landcare and is passionate about her work and various community volunteer roles. Natalie was instrumental in accessing funding in response to the 2019 Bunyip Fire which has enabled the Network to assist landholders with post fire fencing and revegetation projects. Natalie has also assisted with assessments for projects funded through the Cardinia Biodiversity Grant and the Melbourne Water Stream Frontage Management Program.
Natalie is also managing a project titled ‘Linking Native Pollinators and Sustainable Food Systems’. If you have any questions about any of these projects please contact Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mob: 0407 205 749
Bridgette is the Melbourne Water Projects Facilitator and is responsible for assessing Stream Frontage projects for the Dandenong Ranges and part of the Western Port catchment. Bridgette has been working in Landcare for 12 years, having held a position as Landcare Facilitator for the West Gippsland Landcare Network for 3.5 years before joining the team at WPCLN in 2008. Bridgette completed her Bachelor of Applied Science – Coastal Management in 1998 at Southern Cross Uni. Projects that she delivers focus on remnant vegetation protection and enhancement, revegetation to provide habitat and shelter, and waterway management.
Mob: 0428 352 203
Geoff commenced with Westernport Catchment Landcare Network as a Project Facilitator in March 2020. He looks forward to meeting and working with landholders and groups in the Westernport catchment. Prior to joining WPCLN, Geoff was involved with managing a range of conservation reserves in the local region. His background includes a career in agriculture (dairy, beef, sheep and wine grape production) in various regions of Victoria. Geoff has a personal interest in the natural environment which prompted a career change and studies in environmental science. Geoff manages the Cannibal Creek Catchment Biodiversity Project; the Clyde Rail Project and the Cardinia Biodiversity Grants for the Network.
Mob: 0490 955 168
Nicole is the Landcare Group Facilitator and joined the Network in 2017 and has a background in natural area planning and project management. She has worked as a Project Officer with the South Gippsland Landcare Network and the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority. She has a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Natural Resources and helps support the twelve Landcare groups in the Network to achieve their Landcare goals. She also delivers the Network’s Planting for Nectar Feeders project.
Nicole has always valued strong relationship with landholders in her project management role. Nicole is a passionate supporter of sustainable land and water management and in the protection and restoration of native vegetation to support regional biodiversity. Nicole works 3 days a week (Mon to Wed).