Parks Victoria Board
The Board is responsible for directing and monitoring the business of Parks Victoria and is accountable to the Minister for its overall performance. It delegates day-to-day responsibility for operations and administration to Parks Victoria’s Chief Executive and executive team.
Andrew Fairley, (Chairman)
Andrew has had a distinguished association with ecotourism, conservation, parks and resort management over many years.
He has been a director of the world class 5 star resort Turtle Island in the Yasawas for over 20 years. He was a Director of the International Ecotourism Society (Washington D.C.) for 7 years, and a Director of Ecotourism Australia for 6 years.
He was Chair of the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council in Victoria for 6 years until 2010, and prior to that a Board Member of Falls Creek for 6 years.
He is currently Chairman of Zoos Victoria having been appointed in 2007.
Andrew is also one of Australia's best known specialist Superannuation lawyers, and practises as a Consultant to DLA Piper. He is Chair of Equipsuper, a $5 billion industry fund operating in the energy and water sector.
He is also Chair of the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation. Originally from Shepparton in Victoria, he operated a large prime lamb and licence irrigation property in Rochester for over 20 years.
He is the Consul General for Finland in Victoria.
Dennis Cavagna B.Econ. FCA, GAICD
Mr Dennis Cavagna has a background in business and accountancy and is currently a part-time Commissioner of the Essential Services Commission (ESC) of Victoria. He has held corporate and finance positions with Mornington Peninsula and District Water Board and Melbourne Water. He also has an extensive background in business and financial management. Mr Cavagna is a member of the Queensland Urban Utilities Board, the DSE Risk and Audit Committee, and the VicRoads audit committee.
Ms Deborah Cheetham is currently the Head of the Wilin Centre Victorian College of the Arts and Music Faculty of the University of Melbourne. She is also Artistic Director, Short Black Opera Company Pty Ltd and a freelance performer, director, producer, writer, teacher and composer. Ms Cheetham has key understanding of Indigenous issues, which contributes to the shared management model for many national parks. She has significant community links and community consultation experience.
Mr Andrew Grant is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the CO2 Group Ltd and has a background in natural resource management and business. He has executive and board experience with organisations including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Earthwatch, the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Accounting, and the Banksia Environmental Foundation. He has held several management positions in PV, and is a former Chair of the Port Phillip and Western Port Catchment Management Authority.
Ms Natalie O’Brien has a background in senior management in tourism and marketing and is currently the CEO of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Ms O’Brien is a committee member on the Victorian Food Wine and Tourism Council, and a board member of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation and the City of Melbourne Hospitality Advisory Board. She has extensive knowledge in tourism, including an understanding of increasing visitation.
Pru Sanderson B.Arch (Hons); GAICD; Grad Dip (equiv) ICCROM, Rome
Ms Sanderson is an architect and property professional who specialises in creating new benchmarks in urban planning and public infrastructure. She has held senior roles in the development of Melbourne’s Museum and Federation Square and has worked internationally, managing property affairs and the delivery of major infrastructure in South Africa and Malaysia. More recently, she has served as CEO of VicUrban, the Victorian State Government urban development authority. At VicUrban, Pru was responsible for creating new paradigms in urban renewal (including Melbourne Docklands and Central Dandenong) and in innovations that challenged urban growth norms.
Ms Sanderson’s current role, as Global Business Leader, City Development at GHD, harnesses GHD’s broad capacities to create precincts, neighbourhoods and towns that work as efficient, attractive, future-proofed places.
Ms Sanderson is a member of the Federal Government’s Built Environment Industry Innovation Council (BEIIC) and a Fellow of Leadership Victoria.
Professor Andrew Vizard is a part-time Associate Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne. He is also a non-executive Director for Animal Health Australia, Chair of the Vizard Foundation, trustee of the Australian Wool Education Trust and member of the research committee of the Hermon Slade Foundation. He is a former member of the Zoological Parks and Gardens Board. Prof Vizard has key understanding of complex the issues and legislative frameworks regarding PV. He also has significant business and financial expertise, as well as professional knowledge of native and feral wildlife.
Professor Robert Wallis is currently a part-time Professor of Research Development at Ballarat University. He has a background in natural resource management, sustainable development and environmental education. Prof Wallis has held senior academic positions including Pro Vice Chancellor (Rural and Regional) and Head of School (Ecology and Environment), at Deakin University. He has extensive board and committee experience, currently including Deputy Chair, Wannon Region Water Corporation; Director, Otway Division of General Practice; member, South West Primary Care Partnership Executive; and Chair, Audit and Risk Committee, Warrnambool City Council.
08 May 2013
Parks Victoria is thanking its many volunteer groups across the state during National Volunteer Week, 13-19 May. Around 200 volunteer and Friends groups donate their time and energy to Victorian parks, reserves, and marine sanctuaries throughout the year. Last year they contributed over 20,000 days of unpaid work. The figure for this …
11 May 2013 10:00am - 8 Jun 2013 2:30pm
This course is an intensive introduction to Botanical Drawing and Painting. Develop observation skills and learn about tonal values, pencil and ink rendering, composition, colour, watercolour and gouache' Explore, develop and understand a variety of techniques to create your own detailed botanical studies. Time: Saturdays 11 May to 8 June, 5 x 4.5 hours = 20 …
19 May 2013 8:00am-3:00pm
An annual event where pets take their owners for a walk around the lake to raise funds to support RSPCA services.
22 May 2013 5:15pm-6:15pm
The bat count is held once a month at dusk when the whole colony of 10,000 -20,000 bats fly out to feed around Melbourne’s suburbs. New counters are very welcome and much appreciated. Experience is not necessary as training is provided on the night. Wear comfortable shoes for walking, dress …
Participants enjoyed the first “Heart Week Walk” organised by the Heart Foundation at Yarra Bend Park last week http://t.co/YMBgy2vw5mParksVictoria: Participants enjoyed the first “Heart Week Walk” organised by the Heart Foundation at Yarra Bend Park last week http://t.co/YMBgy2vw5mView post | Fri, 17 May 2013 17.23
@jejuolletrail We believe it's a small cairn and plaque in memory of Molly Hill http://t.co/93XTmL8SYYParksVictoria: @jejuolletrail We believe it's a small cairn and plaque in memory of Molly Hill http://t.co/93XTmL8SYYView post | Thu, 16 May 2013 14.41
Photo of the week: "Molly Hill, Mt Feathertop View" by PV website contributor Ryan Malone. http://t.co/2jLM6OgYqJ http://t.co/QuQZsQWEEUParksVictoria: Photo of the week: "Molly Hill, Mt Feathertop View" by PV website contributor Ryan Malone. http://t.co/2jLM6OgYqJ http://t.co/QuQZsQWEEUView post | Thu, 16 May 2013 13.53
Quarry Beach Road which leads to Mallacoota Coastal Reserve has been repaired & re-opened http://t.co/zQxw5Frq2S http://t.co/HkS8Z89qAkParksVictoria: Quarry Beach Road which leads to Mallacoota Coastal Reserve has been repaired & re-opened http://t.co/zQxw5Frq2S http://t.co/HkS8Z89qAkView post | Thu, 16 May 2013 11.55
Thanks a Million to our wonderful volunteers at Werribee Park for their support in maintaining this historic landmark http://t.co/S00aich88CParksVictoria: Thanks a Million to our wonderful volunteers at Werribee Park for their support in maintaining this historic landmark http://t.co/S00aich88CView post | Thu, 16 May 2013 11.20