grass roots community organisation that aims to improve natural condition of the derwent catchment


The Derwent Catchment Group evolved out of the Hamilton Landcare Group and has been established since 2002. The group has had many active and successful projects working in collaboration with Central Highlands and Derwent Valley Councils, NRM South, government agencies and local residents

The committee has three main interest areas: 1.) Sustainable Agriculture (Sustainable in this context refers to economic, social and environmental aspects of farming systems), 2.) Weed Management and, 3.) Re-afforestation/revegetation


President James Allwright

I am 55 yrs of age and grew up in a farming family at Hollow Tree. Graduated with B Agr Sc (Tas) in 1980, which gave me the observation & interpretation skills that has allowed me to farm for 30 yrs. In 2008 graduated (again!) with honors which has led me to the chairmanship of DCNRMC.

Over the years I have been involved in many catastrophic environmental events (some of my own making, or my management making worst) such as droughts, dust storms, over grazing (feral & domestic) in my quest to convert a wool/sheep farm to higher yielding fat lamb and cropping. I have a wish to see our district farmers develop a productive sustainable agricultural system that employs “industry best practice” techniques to manage the environmental/productivity balance issues. This is particularly important as more farmers convert low input, low return farms to higher input/higher return.

Have ridden a horse/bushwalked over much of the central plateau and enjoy wilderness as much as anyone else, therefore keen to promote our weed & revegetation programs.


Vice President John Blyth

I hold a Science Degree from University of Qld. I have 35yrs experience working in landscape design and construction, garden maintenance, garden irrigation, re-vegetation, organic and conservation groups. I moved from SE Qld to Tasmania in 2007 and presently live at Ellendale with my wife on a 25ha block. I have been actively pursuing weed control and revegetation in the Ellendale area. I also contribute my knowledge in these areas to developing Derwent Catchment projects and supporting reafforestation activities.


Secretary Jeannie Lazenby

Jeannie has held the position of Secretary since December  2014.  So is quite new to the organisation but has been a great help in keeping the momentum of the organisation going. Jeannie lives in Fentonbury and is an active member of the Derwent Catchment Community. She works for Tas Parks at Mount Field and has an interest in local wildlife conservation.


Treasurer Joshua Jackson

I am a Qualified Accountant with experience in the NRM sector. Before moving to Tasmania in 2012 from Western Australia I was the Business Services Manager at the regional NRM group, SouthCoast NRM. Currently I work as an Accountant in Local Government with the Latrobe Council. I have previously held positions in Public Practice in the areas of Taxation and Bankruptcy. Joshua's personal interests are his family and sheep grazing enterprise.