Chair, Community Representative
Jim has been a member of the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party since 2005 and was appointed Chair in 2008.
Jim operates his own business in Agricultural Consultancy; 'Jim Seager Agricultural Consultant', with an Associate Diploma in Farm Management from the Marcus Oldham College.
Jim was the manager of the 'Emly Park' Moorabool 1700 acre property from 1991 to 2007 where the business of sheep and cattle was sold. He now leases 330 acres in Moorabool using this land to run sheep.
Jim is locally involved with the East Moorabool Landcare Group and is Vice Chair of the Moorabool Gorge Recovery Project. This pVirginia has been a member of the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party since 2011.roject involves the revegetation and protection of remnants along steep gorges of the Moorabool Catchment, noxious weed and pest control, and community education and awareness to improve land management.
Jim successfully managed serrated tussock on the 1700 acre 'Emly Park' property containing both arable and non-arable land using an integrated control technique that involved the use of perennial pastures and native trees as a replacement strategy to out compete serrated tussock.
Jim was awarded the Weekly Times Farm Business Award for Victorian Beef Producer in 2005 and is also a member of the National Serrated Tussock Management Group.
Vice Chair, Community Representative
Peter has been a member of the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party since 1998 and was Chair of the group from 2005 to 2008.
he has lived in the Barrabool Hills for 24 years, currently residing on a 70 acre property which has been set up for breeding horses.
Peter is a rural property consultant for RT Edgar and was the manager of the Roxby Merino Stud and South Roxby property of 3500 acres at Gnarwarre from 1989 to 1998 which ran 10,000 fine wool sheep.
He is an inaugural member of Barrabool Hills Landcare, Chair of Barwon Recreational Motorcycling, and Life Member of the Geelong Agricultural and Pastoral Society.
Treasurer, Community Representative
Virginia has been a member of the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party since 2011.
John Webb Ware
John has been a member of the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party since 2005 and served as Treasurer from 2008 to 2010.
In 2000 John purchased a 550ha property in Clarkefield, with serrated tussock infestation to run sheep and beef cattle. John has increased the productivity and carrying capacity on his property by using an integrated approach to managing serrated tussock using perennial pastures, spot spraying and manual removal. He says "serrated tussock would be a disaster by now if I did nothing, we've kept on top of it and now its not an issue but i continue to stay vigilant."
John has been a Veterinarian for over 20 years and currently works at the University of Melbourne in Werribee working on the McKinnon Project which is a livestock consulting service. John consults with landowners to increase productivity and profitability of sheep and beef cattle on farms in South Eastern Australia. He is also involved in the training of Veterinarian and Agricultural students and research.
Wendy has been a member of the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party since 2008.
She owns and manages 170 hectares in the Shire of Melton using this land for grazing and growing trees. Wendy has been aware of serrated tussock on her property since 1981 when it first appeared and actively manages the problem.
Wendy became involved with local landholders and the Shire of Melton when serrated tussock first appeared to combat the problem. They worked with Greening Australia who encouraged and assisted with the planting of trees in dry land areas to asses the viability of control. They determined that Sugar Gum was the most effective species. Truganina Landcare members including the President, John Mortan provided practical assistance with deep ripping prior to years of planting various species supplied by landcare in an 800m East - West corridor on the Northern Boundary to catch seeds spread by Northerly and Southerly winds. From their efforts planting trees to reduce serrated tussock seed spread in green corridors theyhave been able to control serrated tussock.
Wendy is also a member of Truganina Landcare, VFF Balliang & District Branch Hon. Secretary, VFF Geelong - Colac Council Secretary, Truganina Progress Association Inc Hon. Secretary, Truganina Rural Fire Brigade Auxiliary, Truganina Mechanics Institute, Boral Quarries Deer Park Environmental Review Committee, Boral Waste Solutions Deer Park Community Advisory Committee, Dry Stone Wall Association of Australia (Vic Div).
You can view Wendy's story by clicking on 'serrated tussock' in the horizontal tool bar above and scrolling to 'community action and support.'
John has been a member of the VSTWP since July 2009 and a resident of Sunbury since 1975. He and his wife Veronica, a past member of the VSTWP reside on a 25 acre property which is set up for viticultural purposes.
Since coming to Sunbury he has seen the devastating effect that Serrated Tussock has on native grasses and pastures in the Sunbury, Diggers Rest and Bulla region and the result of its infestation, if left unchecked.
John is a retired Flight Engineer and a Past President of the Australian Airlines Flight Engineers Association of which he was a member for forty years.
His community involvement in Sunbury is vast; having served on many community centred committees. He was a member of the Shire of Bulla Weeds Committee until Council amalgamations took place in 1994. He was also a member and Deputy Chairman of the Sunbury Water Board, Deputy Chairman of the Macedon Ranges Water Board and was the Chairman of the Western Water Feasibility Study Group which resulted in the formation of Western Water.
John has been involved in swimming and is a Past President and Life Member of the Sunbury Amateur Swimming Club. He is also an active yachtsman and he continues to be involved in the administration of the sport and is a Past President of Yachting Victoria having served on the YV Board for ten years. He still serves on many committees of Yachting Victoria and the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. At present he is the Yachting Victoria delegate to Yachting Australia where he is Chairman of the Trailable Yacht & Sports Boat Technical Committee.
John's aim is to have serrated tussock eradicated from the core infestation areas of Sunbury, Diggers Rest, Bulla and surrounding areas by establishing a solid, working relationship with the City of Hume and developing an ongoing program of education for the general community, rural land owners, hobby farmers and, in particular, land speculators, and developers.
Peter has been a member of the VSTWP since November 2010.
Peter operates an environmental contracting and consulting company and nursery; Grey-box and Grassland Indigenous Nursery (GAGIN Pty Ltd). He is also on the technical advisory board to DSE on the management of basalt plains grasslands.
A resident of Balliang East, Peter manages his property for native grass values and has had some encouraging success in establishing stands of Kangaroo grass (Themeda triandra) resisting Serrated Tussock invasion.
Pete has been involved with Natural Resources Management (NRM) since 1990, and has always had an interest in weed control in remnant vegetation areas and spent a great deal of time keeping up to date with different management methods.
In 2003, Pete became a Pest Plant and Animal Officer working for Landcare. Pete added Serrated Tussock Project Officer to his list of duties in 2005. Pete has always been keen on working with all weedy grasses and his time as coordinator of the Maffra and Districts Landcare Network, was privileged to be involved with many initiatives to reduce both Chilean Needle Grass and Serrated Tussock with great success.
Joining the VSTWP in 2011, Pete brings a link into the community of the east of the State, especially the infestation around Stratford.
To Be Confirmed
Executive Officer for the Victorian rated Tussock Working Party,
has been the Executive Officer to the working party since Jan 2013.
Community Engagement Officer for the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party, Department of Primary Industries
Alison started in the role as Serrated Tussock Community Engagement Officer with the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party in July 2011.
Based in Bacchus Marsh, Alison studied a B. Environmental Science at RMIT Melbourne and has completed a Graduate Certificate in Rural Systems Management through the University of Queensland in 2011. Alison joined the DPI as part of the Science Graduate Program in 2009 and has worked in Ellinbank, Hamilton and Bendigo in strategic development, established invasive animals, new and emerging invasive plant species, and industry engagement.
Mandy Coulson - Mandy Coulson NRM Services
Extension services for the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party,
Mandy has been working as extension officer for the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party since September 2010.
Mandy grew up in Freshwater Creek on an integrated Farming System. Educated at the Geelong College followed by Charles Sturt University, Mandy has spent the past 14 years working in Natural Resources Management with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries, Local Government in Perth WA, and Landcare in Corangamite.
Mandy currently operates as an ecological consultant, focusing on providing NRM technical advice, NRM project planning & management. She currently delivers a community lead voluntary compliance extension program for the Working Party in the Corangamite Catchment.
Extension Officer for the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party,
Raised north of Maffra in Gippsland, Roger married a Marshian & now calls Bacchus Marsh home. Roger has a B. App. Sci Natural Resources Management from Deakin University and B. Sci (Hons) from La Trobe University.
Roger spent several years working for weed control contractors and three years managing bush reserves for a municipal council before joining DPI.
From 2007 Roger has worked as a DPI serrated tussock extension officer, then Weed Alert Contact Officer and incursion controller for Nassella charruana, and was Executive Officer for the VSTWP from 2010 to June 2012.
Roger now runs an environmental consulting business through which he is an Extension Officer for the VSTWP and also works with landcare, CMA and local government.
Dr David McLaren
Biosciences Research Representative - Senior Researcher
David has completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in 1981 and a PhD on “Insect plant interactions” at La Trobe University in 1989.
David is the principal research scientist for serrated tussock, Chilean needle grass, ragwort, Paterson’s curse and new and emerging weeds. David is also theVirginia has been a member of the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party since 2011.
Program Leader – Weeds of Agricultural Ecosystems Unit at Keith Turnbull Research Institute, DPI. David specialises in developing integrated weed
management options for serious agricultural weeds.
Biosciences Research Representative