The Blackwood Basin Group has a 15-member Board, representative of Local Government, Landcare groups, industry and government agencies across the 23,500 square kilometre Blackwood catchment.

Per Christensen

Chairman & Middle Catchment representative

Per has spent his life working in Natural Resource Management (NRM). A retired biological scientist, now based in Balingup, Per remains active in NRM groups and his passionate approach and wealth of experience brings great value to the BBG committee.

Derek Dilkes

Vice Chairman & Middle Catchments representative

Having served as the BBG chairman for more than 5 years, Derek has been a strong influence on the management of the organisation. A Bridgetown beef and dairy farmer, Derek is passionate about community-driven management of natural resources and has overseen strict adherence to good governance practices at the BBG for many years.

Jill Richardson

Upper Catchment representative

Jill’s tireless work in NRM has its base in Katanning, where she manages the Katanning Landcare Zone office. Jill was a primary driver in the formation of the WA Landcare Network, and remains as its current Chair. A long-serving member of the BBG, Jill is passionate about the effective use of NRM funds and offers lively, considered input in her role on the BBG Board.

Janette Liddelow

Upper Catchments representative

Janette Liddelow is based in Williams on a farming property and is passionately involved in the local landcare movement and associated agricultural issues. Janette and her husband manage their property in the most sustainable manner possible to stay profitable within our current economic and social climate while staying true to their values and philosophies.

Nick Dodson

Middle Catchment representative

The only founding member of the BBG still serving on the Board, Nick Dodson brings his life-long passion for environmental protection to his role with the group.

Bob Longmore

Middle Catchment representative

As an enthusiastic Nannup Council member and fisherman, Bob brings much to the BBG Committee. He volunteers many hours removing pest species of fish from natural waterways.

Mick Quartermaine

Upper Catchment representative

A 5th-generation Katanning farmer, Mick’s passions are sustainable land use and communities. As a committee member of the Katanning, Wagin, Woodanilling and Beaufort River LCDCs, the BBG’s upper catchment representative, Mick pursues his passion with much energy and enthusiasm.

Philippe Kaltenrieder

Treasurer & Middle Catchment representative

With his past corporate life, and current role within the community as a Shire Councillor and school bus driver, Philippe brings a varied and informed perspective to the Board of the BBG. Always energetic in his approach, Philippe has built a rapport with the BBG staff and Board members over his serving time.

Kirsten Skraha

Secretary & Middle Catchments representative

Having worked with the BBG for several years, Kirsten made the change to BBG Committee member to ensure she could continue to support the organisation and its team. Being actively involved in the viticulture and with her NRM knowledge, Kirsten is able to provide a broad approach to committee issues.

Doreen Mackman

Middle Catchment representative

With a property of her own in Bridgetown and involvement with a number of community groups in addition to her role as a Shire Councillor, Doreen brings her own practical experience to the BBG Board. Her common-sense approach and excellent understanding of social issues associated with natural resource management make her a highly effective member of the BBG Board.

Tom Mitchell

Talison Lithium representative

Tom represents Talison Lithium, Greenbushes who are one of the BBG’s key project partners.

Bruce Hamilton

Lower Catchment LCDC representative

Bruce has worked for 30 years in NRM in government agencies, including assisting with the formation of the regional NRM groups in WA. He followed this with 12 years as an NRM and business management consultant before retiring to Augusta where he is now the Treasurer of the Lower Blackwood LCDC and the LCDC’s nominee as a Committee Member of the Blackwood Basing Group.

Greg Durell

Dept. of Parks and Wildlife representative

Greg is the District Manager for the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), Great Southern District Office. Based in Narrogin, he has more than 30 years experience in NRM at an operational and management level. Greg represents DPaW on the BBG, providing support, advice and updates on their activities in the Blackwood Basin. Greg has 30 staff in the district, responsible for the managing more than 400 nature reserves, 60 Declared Rare Flora and threatened fauna, and several Threatened Ecological Communities including Toolibin Lake, a Ramsar-listed wetland.

Mavis Sowry

Middle Catchment representative

Mavis has extensive local flora knowledge and is an enthusiastic volunteer with the Blackwood Basin Group, having been involved in the Waterbird Project and many NRM initiatives. She was recently recognised by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for her dedicated volunteer time on more than 16 different projects over the last 25 years.