Grass-roots community organisation that aims to improve the natural condition of the Derwent catchment

Staff

Josie Kelman

Dr Josie Kelman

Catchment Facilitator

Josie has over 10 years’ experience in leadership and technical roles within the natural resource management sector in Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland. She has worked in NRM extension on biodiversity and environmental sustainability. This work has included landscape planning, carbon emission and offsets, biodiversity project planning and implementation, grazing land management, vegetation management and whole farm planning.

Josie's key responsibilities have included people management, capacity building, strategic planning and industry engagement and project management. She has specialised in management effectiveness evaluation and auditing in natural resource management. Her key work values and aims are:

  • practical management solutions which address environmental sustainability
  • clear communication of scientific information for application to everyday living and business.
Eve Lazarus

Eve Lazarus

Project Officer

Eve Lazarus has 13 years' experience as a professional in natural resource management and biodiversity conservation. She is passionate about working with land managers to deliver on-ground projects that increase landscape resilience. The projects she currently manages cover agricultural best practice, coordinated weed management, fire and flood recovery, revegetation and conservation projects, for example working to conserve Miena cider gum stands in the Central Highlands.

Some of Eve's initial projects working for state government included the development of the Threatened Flora of Tasmania online resource and the establishment of effective data management systems, which evolved into the Natural Values Atlas of Tasmania. Eve has extensive remote area field experience, working on both private and protected areas in both Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

Dr Magali Wright

Dr Magali Wright

Project Officer

Magali has been working in natural resource management in Tasmania since 2010, after 10 years working in university teaching and research in Victoria. She has lectured in plant science and plant health for horticulture courses at the University of Melbourne.

Magali has experience in river restoration, biosecurity planning, threatened species recovery, community engagement, strategic planning, volunteer coordination and facilitation, together with specialist skills in horticulture and biosecurity. She has an interest in developing a regional approach to biosecurity in the Derwent Valley. 

Peter Ball

Peter Ball

Peter has been learning about the complex interactions of pastures, livestock and people for 30 years. His expertise is founded in the feedbase, in understanding how pastures respond to the environments we seek to grow them in and how they interact with grazing and grazers.

Peter has learned from conducting pasture trials, grazing research, pasture surveys and demonstration sites, and by delivering grazing courses, field days, forums and discussion groups. Working with inspiring producers, experts and scientists across Tasmania has been helpful too.

Glenn Szalman

Glenn Szalman

On-ground Works Team Leader

Glenn has close to two decades of conservation land management experience within Tasmania, coming from a landscaping background. Past work has included high rope access in the south-east, establishing firebreaks, and performing high-priority target removal of close to 50 different invasive flora species. Glenn is a passionate angler and takes great pride in providing healthier habitat for fish. This is shown through his work with the Willow Warriors, where he leads a group of volunteers in cleaning out rivers throughout the Derwent Valley. The satisfaction of cleaning up the river while helping the community take ownership over the health of the rivers is one of Glenn’s most enjoyed aspects of work.

Morgan McPherson

Morgan McPherson

On-ground Project Officer

Morgan comes from a background in horticulture and conservation, where he developed his skills and interest in land management. His previous work involved growing food and creating habitat for a range of exotic and native animals while working for zoos and wildlife sanctuaries around Australia. Morgan has recently undertaken further study in a Master of Integrated Water Management. Through this study Morgan has been able to explore how water and its multiple uses can be managed in a holistic way while delivering outcomes for end users and the environment. “Green infrastructure” such as wetlands is one such holistic management approach which Morgan has taken interest in applying within the Derwent Valley.

Karen Phillips

Karen Phillips

Nursery Manager

Karen is from Queensland and moved to Tasmania in 1999 to complete a Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of Tasmania. She has a passion for growing native plants and has worked in the landscape and horticulture industry for 16 years, 13 of which she was employed at the Plants of Tasmania nursery. Karen joined the DCP team in a full-time capacity in 2020 and is excited to be working in a regional community and growing natives for shelterbelts and revegetation projects specific to the challenging conditions. Karen has an extensive understanding of Tasmanian native plant species and is very happy to share her knowledge.

Derwent Catchment Project

PO Box 22 Hamilton TAS 7140  |  Phone (03) 6286 3211  |  facilitator@derwentcatchment.org