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.
01 Nov 2013
The Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Ryan Smith, has released the Tourism investment opportunities of significance making a proposal package. The proposal package will assist potential investors who are interested in developing tourism opportunities of significance in Victoria’s national parks. Proposals will not be considered in 37…
15 Nov 2013 7:00pm - 2 Mar 2014 9:00pm
Fun, low key club mountain bike racing held on Friday nights over the Summer
11 Dec 2013 6:00pm-8:00pm
Festive season has arrived! Why not kick off summer with family, friends and colleagues by signing up to Emma & Tom's annual Christmas Run? Put the stress of Christmas shopping aside to enjoy a fun afternoon by Albert Part Lake. Don't forget to bring your picnic blanket along with some…
11 Dec 2013 8:15pm-9:15pm
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…
14 Dec 2013 9:00am - 15 Dec 2013 5:00pm
Escape to the mountains for a dose of sub-alpine walking before Christmas!! Help out with some track marking and once you reach the summit, relax and soak up wonderful wilderness views. For those who are happy to camp there will be a base-camp at Native Dog Flat for at least…
Great Victorian Fish Count at the Barwon Bluff Marine SanctuaryView post | Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14.37
It's a girl! Conservation Volunteers project officer Travis Scicchitano holds th...It's a girl! Conservation Volunteers project officer Travis Scicchitano holds this precious baby, trapped as part of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot revival program at Woodlands Historic Park. This is the first generation of Woodlands bandicoots and comes after three years of hard work preparing and maintaining the back paddock at Woodlands. Well done to the EBB recovery team which includes Conservation Volunteers, Parks Victoria and Zoos Victoria.View post | Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10.55
Over the weekend a TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair was tested on a section of...Over the weekend a TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair was tested on a section of the Great Ocean Walk from Cape Otway to Aire River by a group of keen walkers including David Stratton, his family and Parks Victoria staff John Kenwright and Kate Churven. All were happy to report the test was a resounding success.View post | Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15.11
Parks Victoria’s new Project Firefighters in North East Victoria are among 42 DE...Parks Victoria’s new Project Firefighters in North East Victoria are among 42 DEPI firefighting recruits being put through their paces to ensure they are ready for the summer fire season. During the week-long camp held near Myrtleford, the project firefighters cover topics including fire suppression, fire behaviour, map reading, fireground communications and safety in a mix of classroom and field based learning. On completion, the project firefighters will undertake additional training and accreditation back at their workcentres, and assist permanent crews to undertake priority fire prevention works. More info: www.depi.vic.gov.auView post | Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09.24
It's a beautiful day at Braeside Park. This photo of the native wild parsnip bus...It's a beautiful day at Braeside Park. This photo of the native wild parsnip bush in flower in the heathland conservation area was taken earlier today. The area was burnt two years ago in an ecological burn and is looking magnificent.View post | Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14.46