Meet the team

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Name: Lou Coutts

Title: Chair

A move to Victoria’s North East in 2009 led Lou to the previously unfamiliar crop of Pinus Radiata and HVP. Lou’s metamorphosis into a forester saw her undertake a number of roles across HVP including; harvesting, wood flow, roading, silviculture and development and management of biomass production systems before accepting the role of External Relations Manager in 2013.
With a degree in Agricultural Science and a stint Jillarooing, Lou’s scientific career began as Rangeland Production Officer in Alice Springs. After returning to manage a remote NT cattle station her career extended into education; with teaching positions in indigenous communities, delivering distance education programs and voluntary executive positions on local and state committees of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA).

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Name: Heather Green

Title: Deputy Chair

Heather is the Director of Community Sustainability at the Alpine Shire Council – a role that sees her responsible for a broad portfolio including; tourism, economic development, planning, building, local laws, environmental health and Dinner Plain.

After a stint in Myrtleford in the 1980’s, Heather spent three years in Katherine in the Northern Territory and then over a decade in Queensland Heather. Although it was an opportunity with Alpine Shire that saw her return to her Victorian roots in 2008, it is her love of the region that has kept her here – although she seems to be spending more time driving her sporty children to venues across Victoria and southern New South Wales than enjoying time on her own bike or skis.

 

Name: Brendan Holland

Title: Secretary

Like so many others, Brendan left a corporate career in Melbourne for a tree change to the beautiful Alpine Valley. His extensive research of possible new places to live included all the usual suspects, and it was the Alpine region that ticked all the boxes. Prior to his move he held central management roles with large organisations including Australia Post, RMIT, and the Victorian Government. He now owns and manages a business offering tourist accommodation.

Brendan is a keen bike rider and has competed at world class level. The Alpine Valley has some of the best riding in the country so no wonder that it scored highly on that checklist. Family, friends, skiing, and now photography are also high on his list. Since moving to Bright nearly five years ago he has developed his skills and a reputation for capturing some of the best images of Mt Buffalo and the surrounding environment that you will see

 

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Name: Greg Taylor

Title: Treasurer

A member of the Alpine Cycling Club Greg is their Track Works Coordinator which means that it’s likely you’ll find him out in the plantations working on trails. As a self-employed electronics technician Greg works anywhere from the top of Hotham to Wangaratta but he would probably prefer to be fishing or working on more bike trails.

Like many of us, it was escaping the Melbourne suburbs for holidays in Bright and a love of the mountains that brought Greg to the North East. But it’s been over 25 years since the move and with roles with the Porepunkah Bridge Caravan Park Committee of Management and the Porepunkah CFA it’s probably almost time to call Greg a local…

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Name: Karl Texler

Title: Director

Karl is a long time member of the NEVHGC committee and is the club’s Senior Safety Officer. He has competed in national and international competitions as well as working as a commercial tandem paragliding pilot for the local paragliding schools. Originally from the Adelaide beach suburbs Karl had visited Bright and Mt Hotham since 1972 and after qualifying as a vet in Perth, came to Bright in 1989 in to establish a veterinary clinic.

Karl has worked as an animal welfare consultant and veterinarian for film productions, circuses, endurance rides, bush races and rodeos. Karl is now a senior veterinary officer with the federal Department of Agriculture. He spends most of his work time attending the local export meat works at nearby Eurobin but has also spent some time working at the Department’s Canberra office.

 

Name: Rob Hescock

Title: Director

Rob is the General Manager of HVP Plantations Northern Region a role he took up in 2010 after other roles including External Relations Manager and Harvesting Manager both with HVP Plantations.. Rob has a degree in science from Cornell University, USA and a Masters in Forestry from ANU, Canberra and is passionate about multiple use forestry. For nearly a decade he has worked with local government, the business community, recreational users and the State Government to develop and fund the Alpine Community Model and open up the plantation to the community.

Before making his move to the North East in 2010 Rob was based in Gippsland and you can still occasionally spot him making the trek back over the mountain to his other love – his cattle farm in Orbost.

 

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Name: Elaine Burridge

Title: Director

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Name: Georgina Curtis

Title: Manager

Georgina moved to Bright to take up the role of Manager of Alpine Community Plantation in January 2014. Like many of us her first experience of the North East was family holidays at Mt Buffalo but after visiting on and off for over 30 years when the chance came for a permanent move the decision was instant!

Prior to this she spent nearly three years splitting her time between Victoria and Queensland as the Government and Community Engagement Manager for Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food in Australia.  Before that she was based in Canberra and Sydney working for the Australian Government on a whole range of community engagement projects and major events – everything from building port facilities in the Cocos Islands to the APEC Leaders meeting at the Sydney Opera House.