The Western Coastal Board consists of 8 members appointed by the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change for a three-year term under the Coastal Management Act, 1995.
The Board was appointed for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2018.
Cr Jill Parker (Chair)
Jill is currently a Councillor at Moyne Shire. She holds degrees in Agricultural Science and Education from the University of Melbourne; and was a teacher for 20+ years, specialising in biology, chemistry and agricultural science at senior secondary level. Jill is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
As well as involvement in other committees and boards, Jill chairs the Moyne Shire Conservation and Environment Committee, and is an executive member of the Australian Coastal Councils Association.
Alex is currently working as an independent consultant on environment, natural resource management and heritage matters. Prior to this, she led the greenfield start-up of the Global Policy, Advocacy & Research section for The Fred Hollows Foundation and worked for over 25 years in a wide variety of roles in the Australian Government departments of Environment, Health, Climate Change, Finance and the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet. In these roles, some of the issues that Alex was responsible for include threatened species management and wildlife trade; marine protected areas; catchment management; environment impact assessment; national and world heritage place management; energy efficiency; forest management and strategic and business planning. She has spent many years learning about some of the unique issues in Victoria and enjoying working closely with a range of organisations and individuals involved in the protection and management of its special places.
Carole has extensive business experience as an operator and owner. Her interests have focussed on hospitality and tourism. This has led to her interests in the sustainability of the Great Ocean Road Region including environmental and economic, acknowledging that through her role on the Western Coastal Board her responsibility to protect the natural assets of the region for future generations.
Carole has numerous interests outside her board role with a focus on supporting the ability to provide resources to deliver a quality education to adolescents in South West Victoria.
Glenn has 40 years experience in land management. He commenced as a ranger working in Victoria’s coastal national parks and subsequently provided planning and coordination input into a range of coastal, river and estuary plans within Victoria and NSW. He has qualifications in Horticultural Science, Conservation and Resource Development and Carbon Management. Glenn currently operates a farm and accommodation business and is passionate. This is his second term as a member of the board.
Kim is an award winning architect with over 20 years’ experience in local and international design studios, specialising in the crafting of institutional, community and various residential projects across metropolitan and regional environments.
Supporting her belief that good design should benefit the greater community, Kim has undertaken overseas voluntary positions and provided pro-bono services to the Bushfire Rebuilding and Reach Foundation, and provided strategic design advice to State Government infrastructure projects. In addition she has taught design studios and tutored at University of Melbourne and Deakin University. She is a regular contributor to the Victorian and South Australian Design Review Panels, and a member of the Victorian Chapter Council of the Australian Institute of Architects.
While a Melbourne girl at heart, Kim’s late introduction to surfing along with her built environment experience in regional areas drives her passion to retain and enhance the qualities of the coast we love.
Mark Edmonds BA GAICD
Mark has extensive business experience in leadership, governance, marketing, property, and product sourcing and services procurement through his 30 year retail career. He is passionate about excellence in customer service. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. A Director of the Geelong Chamber of Commerce. Chairman of Barwon Community Legal Service. Mark is also involved in a number of community organisations. Mark resides in Ocean Grove.
Oliver is currently the Director of Sustainable Development with Moyne Shire and has over 35 years’ experience in the planning and government fields. While in local government he has led teams that have won State Awards for Best Practice and gained extensive experience working in regional and rural areas. He directs services that cover a range of areas including planning, building, health, economic development, waste management, fire and emergency management, local laws, sustainability and environment. He has also worked overseas with major redevelopments of town centres, and new housing and industrial developments.
During several years with Fisher Stewart (later Earth Tech) in Australia, he was a senior planning consultant, which broadened his networks and understanding of the development sector. He was appointed by the Minister for Planning as a Panel Member for three years prior to joining the Department of Planning and Community Development in 2003 where he was Regional Manager for NE Victoria for 5 years. As a senior planning professional Oliver has extensive experience in virtually all areas of statutory and strategic planning including residential estates, multi-unit development, subdivision, industrial and commercial, heritage, coastal, alpine and telecommunications. His local government experience has given Oliver broad experience in governance, finance and tendering, policy development, community planning, and fire and emergency management. A regular convenor and presenter at forums and conferences, as well as an occasional guest lecturer at universities, Oliver is a confident public speaker.
Ray arrived in Australia in 1964 after seventeen years growing up in England. He joined the Victorian Railways in August 1964, and progressed to become a signalman, then training officer for the City Loop and a research officer. In 1982 he was seconded to the Ministry of Transport working on special projects. This was a six week secondment that lasted ten years. In 1993 he joined the Minister for Natural Resources as an adviser responsible for Forests, Fire Service (Forests), Fishing, Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act and Alpine Resorts. In 1996 he joined VRFish as the Executive Officer. VRFish is the peak-body representing recreational fishers in Victoria. He retired in 2005. Also from 1978 Ray decided to improve his education spending fifteen years completing part-time studies at RMIT and Deakin University. Ray has been involved with the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, Barwon Water, lectured at RMIT and continues to be active in the community of Torquay.