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The 14 current members of Geographe Catchment Council include representatives from:

  • The community (9)
  • Local Government – Shire of Capel and City of Busselton (2)
  • State Government – Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) , Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (3)

The Council exists as an incorporated body of GeoCatch and is also a Ministerial Advisory Committee established under the Water Agencies (Powers) Act 1984. As such, members are appointed by the Minister for Water for a three year term.

Community members are chosen for their:
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communications skills
  • Residence in the catchment
  • Understanding of natural resource
    management issues and social, environmental
    and cultural interactions
  • Involvement in local, relevant work
  • Negotiation skills
  • Knowledge of fresh and/or marine water management issues
  • Links to the community

GeoCatch aims to achieve a diverse representation of community members with varied skills, knowledge and experience; including indigenous heritage, backgrounds in agriculture, business, community, natural resource management and environmental management.

Members are actively involved with the development of project proposals, establishing priorities for projects and contributing to GeoCatch’s strategic direction.

Community members provide a critical link between GeoCatch and the community. They bring community issues to GeoCatch and disseminate catchment management information back to the community.

Agency members provide a link with government and help to integrate community and catchment values into policy and decision making.

Meet our current members

GeoCatch Board members (from left): Briane Hearne, Leon van Wyk, Lorellyn Tomlinson, Janet Mannolini,  Nik Sellheim, Robin Belford, Coralie Tabotton, Jeff Falconer, Julie Howes, Felicity Bradshaw, Andrew Weinert and Joanna Hoyes. Absent: Bev Thurlow, Tracy Sonneman.