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)
Mr Andrew Fairley has had a distinguished association with ecotourism, conservation, parks and resort management over many years and was a director of the world class five star resort Turtle Island in the Yasawas for over 20 years. He has been a Director of the International Ecotourism Society (Washington DC) and a Director of Ecotourism Australia.
Currently the Chair of Parks Victoria, Andrew’s previous Board appointments include Zoos Victoria (Chair), Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council in Victoria (Chair) and the Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board.
Andrew is also one of Australia's best known specialist Superannuation lawyers. He is Chair of Equipsuper, a $6 billion industry fund operating in the energy and water sector.
He is also Chair of the Sir Andrew Fairley Foundation and currently Consul General for Finland in Victoria.
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 is the former Managing Director of South East Water and has held corporate and finance positions for some 24 years in the Victorian Water Industry. He also has an extensive background in business and financial management. Mr Cavagna is a member of the Queensland Urban Utilities Board, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) 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 Parks Victoria, 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 Pru 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 has served as the Global Business Leader, City Development at GHD, responsible for harnessing GHD’s broad capacities to create precincts, neighbourhoods and towns that work as efficient, attractive, future-proofed places.
Ms Sanderson is a Fellow of Leadership Victoria.
Professor Andrew Vizard is a part-time Associate Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne. Andrew is an experienced company director and has served on the board of numerous companies, statutory bodies and scientific organizations. He is currently Chair of the Vizard Foundation, a board member of Ridley Corporation Ltd, a Trustee of the Australian Wool Education Trust and a Member of the Research Committee of the Hermon Slade Foundation Professor Vizard has a key understanding of the complex issues and legislative frameworks regarding Parks Victoria. 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 and Director, Wannon Region Water Corporation; Deputy Chair and Director, Great South Coast Medicare Local; and Chair, Audit and Risk Committee, Warrnambool City Council. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
07 Apr 2014
Eight new conservation holiday packages have been launched in Victoria as part of Conservation Volunteers Australia’s (CVA) ‘Naturewise Eco Escapes’ program. The new products have been developed in partnership between CVA and Parks Victoria, offering meaningful and unique small group travel experiences. “This is an exceptional way to experience a…
5 Apr 2014 12:00am - 30 Apr 2014 12:00am
Award winning artist Minela Krupic is bringing her poignant and thought-provoking first solo exhibition Palimpsest to Point Nepean National Park. The Palimpsest exhibition explores the stories of migrants quarantined at Point Nepean through collected images of them. A palimpsest is a manuscript from which the text has been scraped or…
5 Apr 2014 12:00am - 20 Apr 2014 12:00am
Discover life in a Mansion at Werribee Park. Check out the full list of activities and book in here.
5 Apr 2014 12:00am - 20 Apr 2014 12:00am
Join Parks Victoria for some fun Junior Ranger activities at Point Nepean National Park. Check out the full list of activities here.
8 Apr 2014 12:00am - 20 Apr 2014 12:00am
This Easter, join a Parks Victoria ranger to discover the secrets and features of Victoria’s parks. A variety of Discovery Walks and tours including Junior Ranger activities for children and their families are available from 8 to 20 April. For more information and to book click here or phone 13…
Looking for an exclusive, hands-on conservation experience? Join our Parks Vict...Looking for an exclusive, hands-on conservation experience? Join our Parks Victoria Rangers on an exciting Naturewise Eco Escape to Point Nepean National Park http://bit.ly/1l4Htjn Photo: ©Marko SanovicView post | Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11.23
Ranger Rodolfo recently enjoyed a day snorkelling at Point Cooke Marine Sanctuar...Ranger Rodolfo recently enjoyed a day snorkelling at Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary. It was a beautiful, warm day and the water was very still making it perfect for spotting these wonderful creatures. Rodolfo recommends visiting Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary and Point Cook Coastal Park which are located a short distance from Melbourne and are very popular for snorkelling, picnics, BBQ’s and family time.View post | Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17.06
Weedy Seadragon and Blue DevilThe Weedy Seadragon and Blue Devil are just some of the amazing marine life underneath the waves of Bells Beach. Local surfers helped get the Bells Beach Surfing Recreation Reserve included within the Marine National Park back in 2002.View post | Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12.01
It’s a lot different to Port Campbell where he usually works, but Ranger Trevor...It’s a lot different to Port Campbell where he usually works, but Ranger Trevor was keen get out and explore the area while he’s currently stationed at Queenscliff. Last week Trevor took his 12 year old cousin Mitchell to the Kinglake NP mountain bike area to ride Shepherds Track. Trevor said “The track is excellent, really fast and technical with some challenging sections. Well done to the team at Kinglake who got this track going”.View post | Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10.57
Recently Conservation Volunteers and Parks Victoria took park in the Melbourne B...Recently Conservation Volunteers and Parks Victoria took park in the Melbourne Bandicoot Break at Woodlands Historic Park. The project focuses on saving the Eastern Barred Bandicoot from extinction through a number of exciting hands-on conservation activities. For further details http://bit.ly/1l0vzTiView post | Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16.29