President/Chair Peter Stevens
Peter and Fiona Stevens arrived in Maleny in 2000 and Peter joined LBCCG as a member due to his interest in rehabilitating the riparian zones on their beef cattle farm. Peter’s passion and knowledge soon led to his appointment as LBCCG President and has held that position ever since. Peter holds a degree in applied science and horticultural technology.
Peter for many years practiced what he preached: carrying out extensive on-ground works on his property including stream crossings, off-stream watering and rehabilitation of riparian areas. LBCCG funded some of the work but the vast majority was paid from the Stevens’ own pockets, showing their dedication to improving the water quality and riparian zones of the area. Peter and Fiona sold ‘Arley Farm’ in 2016.
Vice President Heather Spring
Heather is Principal of Geochempet Services, a specialist in engineering and exploration geology providing petrographic services to the construction and mining industry.
Heather has held many positions within the Maleny community including President of Barung Landcare, and President of the Maleny Community Centre, presiding over the $1.65M refurbishment of the building.
Heather brings to LBCCG exceptional organisational and governance knowledge, exceptional communication skills and the ability to rapidly process complex issues.
Secretary Steven Lang
Steven is an author of note publishing A Strong Brown God – a book on his experiences walking the iconic Mary River from headwaters to mouth. He has tutored and lectured extensively in Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast and has a Masters in Creative Industries, specialising in writing for film.
Treasurer Reverend Bob Philpot
Reverend Bob Philpot grew up on a dairy farm in Victoria and along with the other residents of Dilkusha has restored the 29 hectare ex-dairy farm property, becoming the second declared Nature Refuge in Queensland. Bob brings exceptional hands on knowledge of ecological restoration and understanding and empathy for local farmers. Bob has provided great support to LBCCG Programs for many years and has accepted the Treasurer’s position in 2018.
Committee Member Keith Schelberg
Keith Schelberg founded Downfields Engineering in Dalby in 1976, relocating to Toowoomba in 1980 designing and manufacturing a wide range of grain handling and storage equipment. Keith built a successful business on the motto of quality and durability, recently retiring to Maleny. Keith has had a presence in Maleny for almost ten years however after purchasing a four hectare property in the headwaters of Walkers Creek in the early 2000s, he immediately set about fencing off Walkers Creek and re-establishing the riparian vegetation.
Keith brings to LBCCG a sound knowledge of financial management and business skills, along with a desire to ensure a sustainable balance between agriculture and the environment.
Committee Member Sally Watter
Sally along with husband Kurt owned the successful Coral Street Veterinary in Maleny. With LBCCG’s assistance and a lot of hard work, Kurt and Sally are restoring the waterways, fencing remnant vegetation and tackling landslips on their beef property in the headwaters of Bridge Creek.
Sally has been responsible for forming and coordinating the Bridge Creek Bushcare group that meets every month planting trees, controlling weeds and maintaining their local park and surronds. Sally brings a passionate and informed approach to the environment AND local agriculture with particular skills in animal health.
Committee Member Steve Skull
Dr Steve Skull has been a member of LBCCG since 2007, for many years holding the position Vice President. He has lived in Maleny since 2006 and is currently the Regional Manager of Alluvium Consulting (South east Queensland).
Steve’s work for state agencies spans water resource management and planning, environmental regulation, nature conservation and experience with a wide range of industries including mining and major infrastructure providers. In the local government context Steve has been responsible for the development, delivery and evaluation of environmental policies and programs covering waterway management, climate change, biodiversity, peak oil and sustainability.
Manager Mark Amos
Mark has over 25 years’ experience in the environmental and agriculture industries, working with various government, semi-government, and community groups.
Growing up in rural Victoria with a close association with the bush from a young age, Mark was destined to work in the environmental industry, initially as Summer Fire Crew with the Department of Conservation. Mark has since worked for the North Central Catchment Management Authority in river management, Mallee CMA as a Landcare Facilitator, several Landcare groups, Greening Australia as a rural fencer and seed collector, and a Sunshine Coast commercial Bush Regenerator and Landscaper. Perhaps most importantly Mark worked on the family 6,000 acre wheat and sheep farm, acquiring all round skills and ensuring a good understanding and empathy for our often embattled farmers.
Despite the broad experience the one constant in Mark’s career has been working with larger property managers to effect broad landscape change. Mark steadfastly believes the key to success is having a variety of skills and ability, such as good communication and documentation skills but most importantly respect for primary producers and the all too rare ability of being able to ‘get the job done’. Mark commenced work with LBCCG in 2009.
Project Manager (Landslides & Priority Weeds) Matt Bateman
Matt came to LBCCG in 2015 following almost 10 years with Barung Landcare as Manager of Natural Areas Services. In this role Matt was responsible for managing delivery of environmental services to Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay Councils as well as numerous other stakeholders, including LBCCG. He was also responsible for landholder engagement, advising landholders on weed control and revegetation as well as providing property management plans.
Prior to his work with Barung Matt spent 20 years in the horticulture and landscape industries including running his own business for 10 years. Matt has lived in Maleny for over 20 years and has a great understanding of, and affinity with, the region, the people and the natural environment.
Project Manager (CORE Agriculture and Landslide)
Luke has over 20 years experience working in the rural sector. After completing a Bachelor of Land Resource Science degree at the University of Queensland, Luke began his professional career in Local government, working in Central Queensland, focusing on stock route, environmental reserve, and pest management.
Following on from local government, Luke returned to work in his family beef enterprise situated around Biloela. For over 13 years, Luke drove the development of the family business growing the operation to a fully accredited EU breeding and fattening operation, running 2500 head across three properties, on 25,000 acres.
More recently, Luke moved to Rockhampton where he worked as an Environmental consultant for a private company. This experience has provided Luke with a broad and balanced outlook of the environmental issues that face rural and regional communities.
Luke has a true love for agriculture and the people that work within the industry, he is constantly working on improving the skills of landholders to successfully help them manage their land in the most environmentally sustainable manner possible.
Project Manager (Dairy) Paul Mackay
Paul has lived and worked in Maleny for 37 years. He arrived when dairying was a major part of the Maleny economy. Paul and his family own and operate a beef breeding property specialising in Droughtmaster genetics that are sold throughout Australia, Canada and South America.
Since the early 1990s Paul has undertaken many projects on the property including land slip management, off stream watering, re-establishing wildlife corridors and riparian restoration – projects that both improved productivity and provided environmental and water quality benefits.
Prior to joining LBCCG Paul worked as an Agronomist in the Maleny district rural supplies sector for 25 years including extensive experience with dairying, beef and other intensive farming systems in a sub-tropical environment.