Advisory board: none executive members.

Max Bourke

University education in agricultural science and the arts, higher degree in conservation. Worked as an agricultural scientist, senior executive in Federal Government for 20+ years (head of a number of agencies, eg Australian Heritage Commission, Australia Council for the Arts), large scale farming investment business as founding Chairman of Rural Funds Management Ltd, now listed on Australian Stock Exchange. Extensive experience in conservation and land management and acquisition. Board of numerous conservation and arts organisation. Made Member of the Order of Australia for services to conservation.

Hugh Mackay

Hugh Mackay is a social researcher and the author of fourteen books – nine in the field of social psychology and ethics, and five novels. His latest book, The Good Life, came out in May 2013, and his sixth novel, Infidelity, was also published in 2013. The Art of Belonging is due out in October 2014.
In recognition of his pioneering work in social research, he has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, NSW and Western Sydney universities.
A newspaper columnist for over 25 years, Hugh is currently an honorary professor of social science at the University of Wollongong, an adjunct professor in the faculty of arts at Charles Sturt University, and a patron of the Asylum Seekers’ Centre. He was previously deputy chairman of the Australia Council, chairman of trustees of Sydney Grammar School and the inaugural chairman of the ACT government’s Community Inclusion Board. Further information can be found at:

Rob Oakeshott

Rob is a retired Australian politician. He was the independent Member of the House of Representatives for the Division of Lyne in New South Wales, which he won at the 2008 by-election following the resignation of former Nationals leader and Howard Government minister Mark Vaile. Elected as the Nationals candidate for the state seat of Port Macquarie in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1996, he left the party to become an independent in 2002, and retained the seat until 2008, when he resigned to run as an independent candidate in the Lyne by-election. Oakeshott describes his views as economically conservative and socially progressive.[1] On 26 June 2013, Oakeshott announced that he would not contest the next federal election.[ taken from

Dick Clarke

Accredited Building Designer (6029 NSW) ; Fellow of Building Designers Australia Envirotecture provides consultancy services to projects of all types and scales, typically on practical sustainability solutions, and providing cost-benefit analysis of design options.

Eva Cassegrain

Eva has been involved in Garden Design and Horticulture for over 30 years and has qualifications in Agriculture, Permaculture and Training and Assessment IV. She has operated her own Garden Design business for a number of years with assignments in the domestic, rural acreage, commercial and urban landscape formats. In recent years she has been passing on her experience through teaching in various TAFE courses and in adult education. Her expertise has been called upon through her participation in a number of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council agencies including the Naming Committee, Futures Development and Timber Taskforce Boards. She has also participated in a number of community based activities including design work for Rotary with the renewed Rotary Park precinct and rehabilitation of 28 Sesquicentennial Anniversary Fig Trees in Wauchope CBD Hastings Street. Eva is a Member of the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers, and stays abreast of new developments on the technology and science surrounding horticulture, biodiversity and sustainable use of resources.