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The Board is responsible for the development of strategic direction for integrated management of land and water resources in the region and ultimately for all functions undertaken by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority, including governance and reporting to the Ministers.

Chair: Ms Sharyon Peart

Sharyon Peart

Sharyon moved from Melbourne to the Mallee in 2005, where she lived on a large citrus, dried fruit and wine grape growing property at Nangiloc.

Sharyon’s background in corporate business, sales, marketing and team management gave inspiration to the small business Sharyon currently owns and operates. She has been the sole director since she created the company in 2005, specialising in retail consultation, and managing women’s health and wellbeing.

Sharyon served on the Mildura Rural City Council as a Councillor for nine years and gained much experience as portfolio councillor for art and education, later community services and wellbeing, and governance and finance.

Sharyon is committed to strengthening partnerships between community and government in the sustainable management of resources across our region. 

Sharyon is a member of the La Trobe University’s Mildura Regional Advisory Board; a Director of Lower Murray Water; and a member of the Victorian Agricultural Advisory Council. 

Sharyon currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Chair - Mallee CMA Remuneration Committee;
  • Board representative - Mallee CMA Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG); and
  • Deputy Chair - Victorian Catchments.

The current term of appointment for Sharyon Peart is from 01 October 2017 to 30 September 2019.

Deputy Chair: Dr John Cooke

John Cooke

John was born in Ouyen and grew up on a Mallee wheat/sheep farm. Before retiring in 2013, John served as an extension officer, research scientist, manager and internal consultant.

As a research scientist, John led investigations of tillage systems for red/brown and Mallee soils in northern Victoria. He was the lead or sole author of 5-refereed papers, and numerous conference papers.

As a manager, John was responsible for land protection in the Mallee and other key issues across northern Victoria.  John's involvement in waterway management has covered issues relevant to land tenure, reclamation, water quality and salinity, habitat protection and wetland watering programs. John also contributed significantly to land and water management across the southern Murray Darling Basin.

John is Chairperson of the Regional Advisory Board for the Mildura Campus of La Trobe University, and is a member of the Board of Mallee Family Care.

In 2015, John was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by La Trobe University. This was in recognition of his contribution to natural resource management and community involvement in northern Victoria. 

John currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Deputy Chair – Mallee CMA Board; and
  • Member - Mallee CMA Salinity Accountability Advisory Committee.

The current term of appointment for Dr John Cooke is from 01 October 2017 to 30 September 2021.

Member: Mr Tony Martin

Tony Martin

Tony Martin is a horticulturist who has been involved in natural resource management in the Mallee and Murray-Darling Basin for more than 30 years. 

Tony is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Dried Fruits Australia; and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s Basin Community Committee. 

Tony currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Chair - Mallee CMA Salinity Accountability Advisory Committee; and
  • Member - Mallee CMA Audit Committee.

The current term of appointment for Tony Martin is from 01 October 2015 to 30 September 2019.

Member: Ms Allison McTaggart

Allison McTaggart

Allison is an independent human resources and business consultant at Allison McTaggart and Associates. Her consultancy work includes strategic planning, governance, corporate communications, and workplace health and safety. 

Allison is a Director of Mallee Sustainable Farming, Western Murray Irrigation, and a family owned earthmoving business. She is currently employed by the Australian Table Grape Association as the Manager for Communications and Industry Analysis.

Allison’s background includes 10 years as an agribusiness Human Resource Manager and extensive work in public relations, marketing and, more recently, workforce development with the Murray Primary Health Network. 

Current memberships include: Australian Human Resource Institute; Governance Institute of Australia; Institute of Community Directors Australia; and Australian Institute of Company Directors fellow. 

Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts (Management Communication) and an Associate Diploma (Animal Production).

Allison currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Chair - Mallee CMA Audit Committee; and
  • Member - Mallee CMA Remuneration Committee.

The current term of appointment for Allison McTaggart is from 01 October 2017 to 30 September 2021.

Member: Geoff Anderson

Geoff Anderson

Geoff is a dryland farmer from the central Mallee town of Ouyen. A farmer for more than 52 years, Geoff has been involved in all aspects of improving dryland agricultural and environmental land management, particularly salinity. Over his extensive farming career, Geoff developed a keen interest in the balance between production and ecology.

Geoff was first appointed to the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Board in 2006, after 10 years on the Mallee CMA’s Land Advisory Committee.

Geoff currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Member - Mallee CMA Remuneration Committee.

The current term of appointment for Geoff Anderson is from 12 November 2016 to 30 September 2019.

Member: Kellie Nulty

Kellie Nulty is a partner in a dryland farming operation at Carwarp. She also has a strong background in accounting and auditing, having worked as a practising accountant for the last 21 years in Melbourne and Mildura. 

Kellie has extensive internal and external auditing experience across a variety of industries, and also has expertise in management and financial accounting; information technology; risk management; corporate governance; project management; consulting and business advice. 

Kellie is a Chartered Accountant, Registered Company Auditor, Registered Superannuation Fund Auditor, and holds degrees in both Business and Computer Science.

Kellie currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Board representative - Mallee CMA Land and Water Advisory Committee.

The current term of appointment for Kellie Nulty is from 12 November 2016 to 30 September 2019.

Member: Elizabeth Marwood

Elizabeth (Liz) holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia, majoring in Viticulture and Oenology. Liz has also completed a Masters of Food Culture and Communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. Her studies have provided her with invaluable insight into respectful agricultural production and also communication.

Currently living in the Mallee, Liz works as a local winemaker, as well as owning her own wine business and being involved in her family’s wheat and sheep property.

Liz has extensive experience in broad-acre primary production, viticulture and winemaking and is on the Committee for the Australian Alternative Variety Wine Show.

Liz currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Member - Mallee CMA Salinity Accountability Advisory Committee. 

The current term of appointment for Liz Marwood is from 12 November 2016 to 30 September 2019.

Member: Robert Matthews

Having grown up on the family farm at Meringur, Robert Matthews has been involved in dryland wheat and sheep farming his whole life. After 13 years in the Commonwealth public service working in employment counselling, Robert returned to full time farming in 1998.  Robert’s main area of expertise is dryland farming; however, he is looking forward to being involved in all areas of natural resource management as part of the Mallee CMA Board.

Combatting soil erosion has always been a major priority for Robert. His current focus is on resource efficiency and the further development of biological farming methods known as the Mallee Natural Farming System.3

Robert is currently serving as: Director of the Red Cliffs Association Board; Secretary of the Koorlong Hall committee; and member of the Mallee Natural Food Group Board. Robert is also the sole director of Kurnwill Quarries.

Robert currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Board representative - Mallee CMA Land and Water Advisory Committee.

The current term of appointment for Robert Matthews is from 01 October 2017 to 30 September 2021.

Member: Jacqualyn Turfey

Jacqualyn has a Graduate Diploma in EO Admin (1989) and a LLB(Hons) from the University of Melbourne (1999). 

Jacqualyn is a commercial barrister, signing the bar roll in 2011; is an accredited mediator; and has been practising law for 17 years. 

Jacqualyn was an independent non-executive director of Aboriginal Housing from 2006 to 2016 and Worawa Aboriginal College from 2016 to 2017.

Jacqualyn brings extensive experience from the financial services sector where she was in-house counsel, a company secretary and a director of a number of subsidiary entities of National Australia Bank.  She was in a leadership role in global banking risk management and governance with that institution.  Jacqualyn also has experience in private legal practise, in the Commonwealth Government and recently spent three years at the senior executive level in the Victorian Public Service in the Departments of Justice and Regulation, and Premier and Cabinet.   

Jacqualyn has unique experience and understanding as a result of working in government and the corporate and private sectors and has significant commercial experience.  Jacqualyn has worked in Perth in the mining industry and represented the Yawuru Native Title holders in settlement negotiations with the Western Australian Government.  Jacqualyn also established the company structures, frameworks and operations of the entities associated with the Yawuru Corporate Group, including acting as the Chief Executive Officer of such entities for a period of time.  

Jacqualyn currently represents the Mallee CMA as:

  • Member - Mallee CMA Audit Committee.

The current term of appointment for Jacqualyn Turfrey is from 01 October 2017 to 30 September 2021.

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