People

Our primary commitment is to  put the community at the centre of everything we do and work with inspired committee members and mentors.

VRAN isn’t just about rabbits. VRAN is very much about people. It’s about helping people overcome the problems that they have with rabbits. It’s about bringing people and ideas together, learning from each other and helping overcome the challenges and also most importantly empowering people to make decisions that they are able to carry through themselves.”

Gerald Leach, VRAN Committee Chair.

Committee

VRAN is led by a steering group of community members, government representatives and industry leaders who, with the support of the VRAN Executive Officer, facilitate opportunities and strategies to support community-led rabbit action.

Members of the Steering Group are:

MEMBER AFFILIATION
Gerald Leach (Chair) Chair, Victoria Farmers Federation Land Management Committee and Chair, National Farmers’ Federation Natural Resources Committee
Neil Devanny Member, Gooram Valley Landcare Group Committee and Granite Creeks Project Inc.
Kaye Rodden Non-Executive Director, National Landcare Network, Board Member, Geelong Landcare Network, President, Friends of the Barwon.
Lyn Coulston Chair, Victorian Blackberry Taskforce
Chelsea Vercoe Regional Manager Plants, Chemicals and Invasives South West, Agriculture Victoria
Ben Fahey Senior Analyst, Environment and Conservation, Parks Victoria
Mark Whyte Team Leader Invasive Species, Department Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Geoff McFarlane Member, Bellarine Landcare Group, Member GCoG Rural and Peri Urban Advisory Committee

Mentors

Meet the ‘A team’ of rabbit control in Victoria!

The VRAN mentors are recognised experts in rabbit management and community-led action. As a group, they provide expertise and insights from community, industry and government perspectives.

The mentors deliver VRAN’s Rabbit Leadership Program and provide ongoing support for the VRAN learning networks. Each VRAN mentor has a few rabbit seasons under their belt and experience in working across both private and public land and in different landscapes across the state. They will share their knowledge with you and are good listeners too. Once you get to know them, you will no doubt teach them something new too.

MEMBER AFFILIATION
Neil Devanny Member, Gooram Valley Landcare Group Committee and Granite Creeks Project Inc.
Brad Spear Pest and Weed Management Consultant, Enviro Vic 2000
Tim Bloomfield Pest Animal Consultant, Environment First Pty Ltd
John Matthews (Retired) Biosecurity Manager, Established Invasive Animals, Agriculture Victoria
Tom Miller Natural Resource Management Officer, Moorabool Shire Council
Peter Barnes Manager, Neds Corner Station, Trust for Nature
Geoff McFarlane Member, Bellarine Landcare Group, Member GCoG Rural and Peri Urban Advisory Committee
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