Our Committee

Geelong Sustainability Group Incorporated is managed by a committee elected by members at the Annual General Meeting. The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer form the Executive.

Geelong Sustainability 2017 Committee

The current committee was elected at our AGM held on 10 November 2016:

  • President - Vicki Perrett
  • Secretary - Vivienne Burke
  • Treasurer - Alan Barlee
  • Vice President - Noreen Nicholson, elected by committee
  • General members - Tim Adams, Mik Aidt, David Harris, Jonathan Wright and Kerrie Kruger 
    Kerrie has since decided to step down from the main committee so she can focus on our participation in this year's Pako Festa and our new Life Learning classes. You may be interested in her class on Backyard Chooks.

Vicki Perrett

President

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Vicki is now virtually retired after a long career in tertiary education as a teacher, instructional designer and program manager. She is passionate about sustainability and protecting our environment for future generations. Vicki was Treasurer from 2012-2016 before becoming President. Vicki coordinates major events including Sustainable House Day, Green Drinks and other GS activities. She is a keen cyclist and leads a supportive local womens' cycling group, the Bellarine Belles.

Noreen Nicholson

Vice President

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Now 'retired', Noreen had a long career in tertiary education as a project coordinator and departmental manager at Deakin, Karingal and the Gordon. She is now involved in tutoring, mentoring, event coordination, justice networks and is passionate about sustainability. Noreen is the passion behind our new Life Learning project. She is committed to working to preserve our natural environment for her grandchildren and generations to come.

Vivienne Burke

Secretary

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Vivienne had a long career in adult, community and further education, community development and teaching. She enjoys the often complex administrative tasks of her roles as Secretary, Public Officer and Membership coordinator and the challenges of running our store. Vivienne conducted the extensive research for both editions of our Sustainability Directory.  She also volunteers in the library at Tate Street Primary School and is interested in travel, food, housing, gardens and her grand-lads.

Alan Barlee

Treasurer

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Alan has been closely following climate change science and sustainability since ‘Limits to Growth’ in 1972.  He designed and built an active passive solar home with storm and grey water recycling in Bright.  Alan ran a solar and wind generation business from 1992-2002.  He held various roles in national peak renewable energy industry associations.  He is also a supporter of GetUp and Avaaz. 

Mik Aidt

Committee Member

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Mik, our Danish import, is widely travelled and only settled in Geelong a few years ago.  He has many hats including journalist, editor, director, and musician. He founded and co-hosts The Sustainable Hour program on 94.7 The Pulse. Mik's an active blogger and social media contributor. He’s a member of our CORE Geelong task group and organiser of several campaigns such as Energise Geelong and FrackFree Geelong as well as the Act on Climate Festival.

Tim Adams

Committee Member

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Tim has 40 years’ experience as a building designer. As Principal of F2 Design he has a reputation for cost effective, high performance houses.  He is an Accredited Energy Rater, a Fellow and Past President of the BDAV (Building Design Association of Victoria) where he initiated the BDAV 10 Star Challenge.  Tim presents frequently at public events, radio shows and industry conferences. He also writes for several technical publications.  The House with No Bills in Renew 120 was a description of Tim’s own high performance house which has delivered carbon neutrality and costs nothing to run. 

Jonathan Wright

Committee Member

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Jonathan has 21 years experience in the engineering sector, initially in the UK automotive industry and more recently in Australia specialising in water infrastructure installation and upgrades.  Jonathan has been a volunteer member of the Geelong Sustainability Community Owned Renewable Energy (CORE) project since its inception in April 2015 and is interested in sustainable building and technology. 

David Harris

Committee Member

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David is a chemical engineer and Director of Clean Technology Solutions P/L which specializes in building process simulations to ensure efficient materials and energy use. David would like to establish a Sustainability Incubator Centre in a former manufacturing site. He knows that progress towards sustainability and a just society requires collaboration by business, community organizations and government.

Dan Cowdell

CORE Geelong Project Coordinator

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Dan is passionate about sustainable living, organic gardening, real food and renewable energy. Dan joined Geelong Sustainability in late 2013 and was elected President in 2014. In 2016 he stepped down to assume the role of Project Coordinator for our CORE Geelong project. Dan chairs the CORE (Community Owned Renewable Energy) Geelong task group and has been the driving force behind our new website. He is an electrical engineer formerly employed by a local solar installation business and has also worked as a field organiser for GetUp, mobilising people on issues like climate change. In his spare time he is busy developing a permaculture property and building a straw-bale house. 

Past Committee Members

Geelong Sustainability would like to acknowledge all those who have donated their time, energy and expertise to guide the committee over its ten years of existence. In particular we would like to acknowledge those who have dedicated multiple years to the committee. 

Chris McGrath

Chris  was an active committee member from 2015-16 and continues to support our Green Drinks and Life Learning events. She has a longstanding commitment to the principles of sustainability and environmental responsibility and is a member of the Earthworker Cooperative.

Kathryn McCallum

Kathryn was a founding member and inaugural President of Geelong Sustainability. Her expertise in the field of climate change communication and her clear vision ensured that the group was able to effectively harness the groundswell of support which led to its formation in 2007.

Harlan Winata

Harlan was a founding member of the group; she was a valuable link with the Surf Coast community in the early years of the committee.

Dave Campbell

Dave was a founding member of Geelong Sustainability Group and President from 2009 to 2014. He organised GS Campaign Events such as Walk Against Warming Geelong in 2008 and 2009, various GS forums and acted as the public voice of the group in media appearances for many years.

Monica Winston

Monica was Vice President of Geelong Sustainability from 2008 until 2013. The meeting that instigated Geelong Sustainability Group was held in Monica's lounge room in 2007. She was responsible for the successful adoption and coordination of Sustainable House Day in Geelong. She was active in running Changing the Dream Symposiums, Permaculture Design Certificate Courses and Permablitzes. She advocated strongly for food security and local resilience.

Karina Donkers

Karina was an energetic member of the committee in 2009 and 2010. Her links with tertiary students were invaluable to the committee and she was a driving force in Geelong Youth for Climate Action, what was then the youth wing of GS.

Gavin Gamble

Gavin filled a number of roles on the committee from 2010 until 2013, including Treasurer and Vice-President. Gavin brought technical expertise in the field of alternative energy to the committee, as well as a sharp political perspective

Phil Baulch

Phil acted as both Committee member and Treasurer from 2009 to 2011. Phil brought valuable business experience to the committee as well as philosophical insight. He ran several Changing the Dream symposiums while on the committee.

Bridget Ure

Bridget was a committee member and Secretary from 2010 to 2011. In her role at Barwon Water she dealt with companies wishing to reduce their ecological footprint, and she provided valuable links to the committee.

Geoffrey Moss

Geoffrey brought a rigorous strategic focus to Geelong Sustainability Group meetings from 2012 until 2014 as well as a sense of humour.

Ingrid Hindell

Ingrid was part of the committee from 2010 until 2014, focussing especially on those with disabilities.  Ingrid initiated a LETS Scheme and was a constant contributor to our website and Facebook efforts.

Tim Clark

Tim was a committee member during 2014 and 2015. Tim's engineering background was applied to our Living Greener task group. He was also a member of Future Proofing Geelong's Clean Tech advisory panel. 

Chris Johnson

Chris was a committee member in 2014 and 2015, and was passionate about local food, permaculture and environmental responsibility.  Chris was active at GS events and organised the catering at Green Drinks.