Committee

Current Committee of Management

Chris Hogendyk MMET Chairman.

Chris Hogendyk MMET Chairman.

Chairman MMET

Chris Hogendyk (Bachelor Rural Science 1978)

Chris has 30 years experience in rural industries. He has managed both cattle grazing and cropping properties, and has championed a number of innovations in the cotton industry which have reduced both pesticide and water use.

He is currently the General Manager of Auscott Ltd Macquarie Valley, a 10,000ha wheat and cotton cropping property near Warren. Auscott has been active in using new technologies to reduce pesticide use, and has invested in drip irrigation to improve water efficiency. One tenth of the property (1,000 ha) is now being managed for conservation, with no cropping or grazing.

He is a delegate on the Environmental Flows Reference Group that advises the Minister on environmental water in the Macquarie Valley.

In 2005 Chris completed the Murray-Darling Basin Leadership Program.

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Tony Wass

Tony Wass

Tony Wass

Tony has owned and run a mixed grazing and cropping enterprise in the lower Macquarie Valley since 1973, and his family have been connected with the area since 1901.

Tony has served on both the Macquarie River Floodplain Committee and the Macquarie River Advisory Committee. He was one of the founding members of Macquarie River Food & Fibre (MRFF), the peak body representing the irrigated farming community of the Macquarie Valley, and is the current MRFF Chairman. He is also an alternate delegate on the Environmental Flows Reference Group and the State Water Customer Service Committee.

Tony regularly hosts visitors to “Burrima”, and is pictured with the steel walkways he designed and built for Burrima’s wetland walk.

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Glen Whittaker

Glen Whittaker

Glen Whittaker (Diploma of Applied Science (Agriculture) 1982)

Glen has lived and worked in the lower Macquarie Valley since 1986. He was a consultant agronomist for 18 years to farmers throughout the valley, which gave him a thorough knowledge of the area, in particular the behaviour of floodwater. He is currently a landholder in the lower Macquarie Valley, and grows a variety of crops including grapes, wheat, and cotton.

He has been a past Chairman of Macquarie River Food & Fibre and a member of the Macquarie River Floodplain Committee, and is currently a delegate to the Environmental Flows Reference Group.

In 2004 Glen completed the Australian Rural Leadership Program.

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Secretary MMET

Gillian Hogendyk (Bachelor of Veterinary Science Hons 1983)

Gillian Hogendyk

Gillian Hogendyk

Gillian has a lifelong interest in animals, wildlife and nature. She has worked as a private veterinarian and also as a Rural Lands Protection Board Veterinary Officer. She has served for 11 years on the National Parks Northern Plains Region Community Advisory Committee, and has been a wildlife carer for WIRES since 1994.

She is the author of “The Macquarie Marshes- an Ecological History“, and is the RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year 2009 Runner-up. View a YouTube video.

Mal Carpenter

Mal is the General Manager of Agriland Pty Ltd, a 5,600 ha property near Trangie in the Macquarie Valley. Agriland is mainly an irrigated cropping enterprise, growing a range of crops including grapes and olives. Drip irrigation is used to improve water efficiency.

Mal has a long-term association with the Macquarie Marshes, as he started his career in agriculture working on ‘Sandy Camp Station’ in the Marshes in 1964. This has given him a great appreciation of natural wetlands and an understanding of the history of land use in the Marshes.

Mal is also the current Chairman of the Buddah Lake Irrigation Scheme.

We also regularly consult with:

Bert Bartholemew

Bert Bartholemew

Traditional Owner

Bert Bartholemew

Bert is a descendent of the traditional owners of the Macquarie Marshes, the Wailwan people, and has lived and worked on properties in the Macquarie Marshes all his life.

He is now the Chairman of the Macquarie Marshes Aboriginal Corporation.

Bert has always had an interest in preserving his cultural history. He has collected many artefacts left by the Wailwan people over the years, and has assisted with cultural heritage surveys of the Macquarie Marshes run by the Department of Environment & Climate Change.

Bert enjoys sharing his knowledge with visitors to Burrima and the Marshes.

Ecologist

Darren Shelly (Master of Science 1991)

Darren has been a regular visitor to the Macquarie Marshes since 1990, and in 2005 he completed the “Flora and Fauna of the Macquarie Marshes” which was published by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning & Natural Resources. He is currently employed as an ecologist with the Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) based in Dubbo.

Darren has been regularly monitoring the flora on “Burrima” since 2005, and has also completed a comprehensive fauna list which is updated with each visit.