Our Staff

Peter Ronalds

Sustainable Agriculture Manager

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Mob: 0402 650 382
Email: peter@wpcln.org.au

Peter is the Sustainable Agriculture Manager and has been working with the WPCLN since March 2006. Peter had 20 years experience in Dairy Farming prior to working with the WPCLN. Peter is passionate about Sustainable Agriculture and is committed to supporting farmers in their endeavours to manage their land sustainably. He is a strong believer in ensuring farmers have access to the best advice available, and his connections with top researchers and scientists has enabled farmers to tap into some of the latest research being conducted.

Peter has significant experience in delivering large multi-partner agriculture focused projects in the region. Recent projects include; Demonstrating Sustainable Farm Practices in Western Port, Port Philip & Yarra Catchments; Soil carbon & acidification benchmarking on 109 farms; Trialling the effects different fertilisers have on pasture production and soil biology, and an Ag-Emissions project to reduce farm emissions, improve water efficiency and reduce waste to landfill.

Peter also volunteers with ‘Beyond Subsistence’ which supports & trains  farmers in Africa. These programs are designed to bring about long-term, sustainable improvements in the areas of farm productivity, nutrition, housing, community wealth and the environment

His qualifications include; Ad Dip Agriculture, Dip Conservation and Land Management, Cert 4 in Training and Assessment and, Auditing Environmental Management Systems.

Bridgette Sullivan

Melbourne Water Projects Facilitator

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Mob: 0407 205 749
Email: bridgette@wpcln.org.au

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.

Nicole Walsh

Landcare Group Facilitator

Mob: 0490 955 168
Email: facilitator@wpcln.org.au

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) and is based in Warragul.