Meet our members

Mark Whitfield has been appointed by the Minister for Environment and Water as the Chair of the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board.

His role will be to support the establishment of the new Landscape Board and implement the government’s NRM reform agenda.

Mark Whitfield has also been appointed to oversee the Eyre Peninsula NRM Board as a single member board up until 1 July 2020. This will involve administering the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 in the lead up to the commencement of the new Landscape South Australia Act 2019.

This arrangement ensures certainty and a smooth transition for communities and land users across the regions, with current NRM services continuing to be delivered as normal until new the Act officially commences.

Following 1 July 2020, the NRM Act and Board will no longer exist and be replaced by the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board, with Mark Whitfield as Chair.

For more information visit http://landscape.sa.gov.au/.

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Mark Whitfield

Chair, Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board

Mark has lived in Whyalla since 2001, working as a consultant with community organisations and small not-for-profit organisations. Previous to this he worked as the Executive Manager of the Spencer Gulf Rural Health School.

He has also worked in a number of other roles in regional development, health and education in Whyalla, the Eyre Peninsula, in the far north of the state and in local government.

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an associate fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Mark has also volunteered on a variety of community organisation boards and currently a member of the Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network Board and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

He is the immediate past Chair of the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Board.

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Meagan Turner

Meagan Turner is a co-owner and Director of Turners Oyster Farm in Cowell. Meagan hails from a fifth generation farming family and has previously worked as a Clinical Dietitian prior to moving to the Eyre Peninsula in 2008.

Meagan is an active member of the South Australian Oyster Growers Association and has strong ties with oyster growers, government and the seafood industry more generally.

Meagan is strongly committed to the management of the coastal and marine environments and has a genuine interest in her fellow community member’s livelihoods and wellbeing.

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Tony Irvine 

Tony currently lives in Port Lincoln. He has extensive experience in the local government sector having been the Chief Executive Officer at the District Councils of Ceduna and Tumby Bay and his most recent role as Executive Officer to the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association.

Tony has had an extensive history working in partnership with various Natural Resources Management organisations on Eyre Peninsula and understands the importance of a strong relationship with local government.

Tony is strongly committed to the Eyre Peninsula community as demonstrated by his involvement in many community and sporting organisations including currently being chair of the Eyre Peninsula Football and Netball Council.

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Justine Major

Justine runs a mixed farming enterprise with her husband approximately 20km north-west of Kimba. As a farmer, Justine acknowledges that care and management of the landscape are an essential element of farming businesses.

In addition to farming, Justine has extensive experience in the finance and business service sector with qualifications in financial planning and business, as well as holding a Master of Sustainable Agriculture and business.

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Dr Steven Milner

Steve is a resident of Denial Bay, near Ceduna and is passionate about researching caves, palaeontology, and anthropology of the Nullarbor. He has a PhD and MBA from the University of Adelaide and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management.

Steve is an expert in management, leadership, strategy and governance in a broad range of sectors and industries and has a proven track record in the delivery of complex and large projects, stakeholder engagement, and organisational development.

He currently lectures on Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement at the University of Adelaide. Steve values the natural environment of the Eyre Peninsula and Far West and has broad networks in the region.

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Debbie May

Debbie, along with her husband, has been farming in the Elliston district for more than 30 years and are founding members of the Elliston and Districts Landcare Group (1989).

The group has delivered extensive Landcare projects including regeneration, revegetation, wind and water erosion control as well as administering large initiatives protecting and conserving the important remnant Sheoak grassy woodlands of the region.

Debbie is an elected member of the District Council of Elliston, and has served on a range of community organisations, including being the Chairperson and Manager of the Elliston Community and Visitor Centre.

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Brian Foster

Brian is a fourth-generation farmer, on a farm at Coulta that has been in his family since 1871. He has had extensive experience at local, state and national levels, in Local Government, Catchment Water Management, Natural Resource Management and Climate Change areas.

He was appointed to the Eyre Peninsula Catchment Management Board in 2000, and Presiding Member of the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resource Management Board in 2004.

He was an elected member of the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula for 14 years, including serving as chairman and deputy. Brian’s commitment to climate change adaptation has included serving on the Premiers Climate Change Council for two terms as well as winning the NCCARF (National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility) National Climate Champion Individual award in June 2013.

He has also been involved in Bushfire recovery and jointly chaired the EP Drought taskforce.