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“Our vision is a thriving community and economy supported by a healthy natural environment”

Derwent Catchment Project

About the Derwent Catchment Project

The Derwent Catchment Project has evolved from the Upper Derwent Landcare Group which was established in 2002. Our group is run by a local board who are largely producers in the Derwent region. 

The Derwent Catchment Project team delivers evidence based, practical, on-ground programs that clearly reflect the core issues and management required to address sustainability and land degradation in the Catchment.  We aim to provide a link between environmental sustainability and practical management and production-based systems. 

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Our Mission

Empower and inspire the community to be involved in active land management across the catchment

Facilitate community and industry innovation and investment in best practice natural resource management

Support Best Practice Farming

Support Best Practice Farming

Manage Weeds

Manage Weeds

Revegetation

Revegetation

Collaborative Partners

Our partners include a wide range of industry, NGOs, government and community organisations collaborating to make a difference on the ground

Our Story

The Derwent Catchment Project has been well established and growing in the region since 2015, building on the original formation of the Upper Derwent Landcare group in the ’90s. We are a community driven organisation with the byline ‘Increasing productivity – restoring landscapes’ which reflects the core focus of our committee and its members. 

Governance

The DCP is an Incorporated Association under the Associations Incorporations Act 1964 (Tasmanian legislation). The DCP is governed by a Committee of Management under its constitution, and currently has 7 positions on the Board (including the Chair and Vice Chair). There is an expectation that the term limit of Board members is capped at 12 years to support renewal and succession planning. DCP holds an annual general meeting each year at which members have the opportunity to review the organisation’s performance and ask questions of the Committee. To obtain a copy of the DCP Constitution or enquire about membership please contact secretary@derwentcatchment.org ABN: 53230571121

Meet Our Team

We deliver evidence based, practical, on-ground programs that clearly reflect the core issues and management required to address sustainability and land degradation in the Catchment.  DCP aims to provide a link between environmental sustainability and practical management and production-based systems. 

Our project team includes:

  • facilitators who are highly experienced in natural resource management and pasture management
  • on-ground works team and equipment
  • full-time nursery manager who runs our native plant nursery at Hamilton where we grow 25,000 natives a year for revegetation and shelter-belt projects. 

Our key skills:

  • community engagement and agricultural extension
  • GIS mapping and modelling
  • native vegetation surveys, management and revegetation
  • strategic planning
  • pasture management
  • riparian restoration
  • monitoring and evaluation

Josie has worked in NRM extension, biodiversity and environmental sustainability for over 20 years. Josie's key responsibilities have included people management, capacity building, strategic planning, industry engagement and project management. She is a specialist in management effectiveness evaluation and auditing.

Josie Kelman

Executive Officer

Eve has been a professional in natural resource management and biodiversity conservation since 2007. She works with land managers on projects that increase landscape resilience – agricultural best practice, coordinated weed management, fire and flood recovery, revegetation and conservation projects.

Eve Lazarus

Program Coordinator

Morgan comes from a background in horticulture and conservation and has recently undertaken further study in a Master of Integrated Water Management. Morgan has been able to explore how water and its multiple uses can be managed in a holistic way while delivering outcomes for end users and the environment.

Morgan McPherson

On-ground Works Manager

Glenn has close to two decades of conservation land management experience within Tasmania, coming from a landscaping background. Past work has included high rope access in the south-east, establishing firebreaks, and performing high-priority target removal of close to 50 different invasive flora species. Glenn is a passionate angler and takes great pride in providing healthier habitat for fish.

Glen Szalman

work team leader

James has a passion for proactive land care and working on the land. James has spent time working dryland sheep grazing farms in outback NSW, and in New Zealand on high yielding horticulture farms. James is working towards gaining a Cert V in Conservation & Land Management through TAFE.

James Mcknamee

on ground team

Justin has over five years’ experience working with weed and conservation land management. His previous work has involved running his own business and working for councils in their weed management team. Justin is an avid bush walker and enjoys being outdoors and in nature.

Justin Hawkins

work team leader

Peter has been learning about the complex interactions of pastures, livestock and people for 30 years. His expertise is founded in the feedbase, in understanding how pastures respond to the environments we seek to grow them in and how they interact with grazers.

Peter Ball

agricultural extension officer

Karen moved to Tasmania in 1999 to complete a Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of Tasmania. She has a passion for growing native plants and has worked in the landscape and horticulture industry for since 2003; most of that time she was employed at the Plants of Tasmania nursery. Karen joined the team full-time in 2020 and is excited to be working in a regional community and growing natives for shelterbelts and revegetation projects specific to the challenging conditions.

Karen Phillips

nursery manager

Meet Our Committee

The DCP is an Incorporated Association under the Associations Incorporations Act 1964 (Tasmanian legislation). The DCP is governed by a Committee of Management under its constitution, and currently has 7 positions on the Board (including the Chair and Vice Chair). There is an expectation that the term limit of Board members is capped at 12 years to support renewal and succession planning. DCP holds an annual general meeting each year at which members have the opportunity to review the organisation’s performance and ask questions of the Committee. To obtain a copy of the DCP Constitution or enquire about membership please contact secretary@derwentcatchment.org ABN: 53230571121

I grew up in a farming family and graduated with a BAgSc (Tas) in 1980, which gave me the observation and interpretation skills that have helped a farming career spanning more than 30 years. In 2008 I graduated (again!) with honors, which led me to the chairmanship of The Derwent Catchment Project. Over the years I have experienced many environmental challenges such as droughts, dust storms and overgrazing (feral & domestic) in a quest to convert a wool/sheep farm to higher-yielding fat lamb and cropping enterprise.

James Allwright

President

Rachel's family became owners of Waterfalls Café in Mt Field National Park in 2012 and have never looked back. Rachel has worked tirelessly to promote and advocate for her patch of paradise, and tourism in Tasmania, all while building an award-winning business. Rachel was elected to the board of Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania, standing down in 2018 when she was elected as a councillor in the Derwent Valley.

Rachel Power

Vice President

Jen was a Registered Nurse from Austin Health in Melbourne. From 2007, she was the Director of Nursing at Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, which is also part of Austin Health. Jen and her husband moved to Ellendale in September 2017 from an inner Melbourne suburb. They have quickly assimilated to their rural life as producers of saffron and sheep.

Jen Hancock

Secretary

Trudy recently joined the committee as our Assistant Secretary. She lives in Ellendale. Trudy has worked in the banking industry and ran a very successful catering business with her husband Peter. She has been an active fundraiser for charities in Sydney and is currently with Rotary.

Trudy Murphy

Treasurer

I am a 5th generation Derwent Valley farmer. After finishing school in Hobart and a year of working around central New South Wales, I attended The University of New England in Armidale, completing a Bachelor of Agribusiness, majoring in Rural Science. I made a permanent move back to Tasmania after my studies where I now run our sheep business, focusing on merino wool and prime lamb breeding across three properties within the Valley. Our focus is to incorporate sustainable practices along-side our commercial operation to ensure that the land is left better than we found it.

James Hume

General Committee Member

I graduated from Agricultural Science at University of Tasmania in 2006 and went on to complete a research masters before working as a policy manager at TFGA and then research assistant at the Australian Innovation Research Centre. I currently work part-time teaching agribusiness at the University of Tasmania as well as managing our farm in Westerway and Ellendale. Our farming approach manages the land to its capabilities and enhances its natural assets so that we can pass the land on in better condition to future generations.

Sarah Gatenby-Clark

General Committee Member

I have always had a passion for agricultural production and conservation and over the last 24 years have undertaken on farm initiatives to allow us to carefully manage farm resources, particularly regarding the precision application of water and fertiliser in our cropping systems. I am looking forward to further developing emerging technologies in order to minimise our carbon footprint whilst maintaining maximum agricultural productivity.

Richard Hallett

General Committee Member

Collaborative Partners

Our partners include a wide range of industry, NGOs, government and community organisations collaborating to make a difference on the ground