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Bruce Boddington


Bruce grew up on a sheep property in remote WA, and graduated from Muresk College of Agriculture in 1968.  He joined ICI Rural Division based in Katanning, WA, from where he carried out a series of field trials concerned with the technique of Direct Drilling winter crops. In 1973 he joined the WA Dept. of Agriculture to carry out an extension program based around Albany to eradicate the Sheep Measles disease, which resulted in a complete reduction of the disease in the area.  In 1976 he re-joined ICI Rural to develop the Direct Drilling concept across the southern half of the WA wheat belt. In 1980 he was transferred to Young in NSW to commence extension of the technique across the SW Slopes and Central West.  In 1982 he left ICI to establish his own agronomy practice, which led to an interest in computer programming.  In 1990 he and his family moved to Melbourne, where he established a software development business that still operates today.  Since moving to Point Cook three years ago he has semi-retired, and developed an interest in community environmental activities.  He is a founding member of Point Cook Open Spaces, a graduate of Wyndham City Council’s Building Blocks program, a member of the Wyndham City Council Environment Portfolio Committee, and a committee member of the Werribee River Association.  He is particularly interested in involving suburban community groups in environmental projects across both urban and rural areas.        




Maree Yarwood

Board Member

Maree graduated from Deakin University with an Honours degree in Biological Science in 2012 and then went on to complete the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies in 2017. Her studies at Deakin lead her to contact Colleen Miller and become a vounteer at the NatureWest Natural History Display at Werribee Park in August 2016 and a member of the NatureWest Board in 2017. Maree has enjoyed her work so far with NatureWest setting up displays, working with multimedia and taking the public on guided tours. She hopes that one day the Natural History Display will become a purpose built Natural History Centre that will help foster a connection between the people of Melbourne and others to the rich, vibrant and valuable nature that they will work to protect.  




Joe Perri

Board Member

Although spending most of his childhood looking for yabbies and lizards along the Merri Creek, and loving it, The environment took a back seat from his early-teens when a soccer career took up most of his time. Becoming a professional in a very successful soccer team taught Joe about the importance and power of working together with people as a team to achieve a common goal.  Injured and needing a challenge, Joe turned his attentions to the family clothing business. Joe took over, won the Australian Defence Force contract to supply the garments for Anzac and Remembrance Day parades and for fifteen years did so. Running a successful clothing business attracted attention and Joe sat on council and federal government committees to build and promote business in the North-west. Although business was booming, Joe had one huge gap in life, besides camping, nowhere near enough time spent outdoors.  So it was time for a change. Selling the business, bought some "bush blocks" went back to school to do a "Conservation land management course and finally re-united with his first and greatest love of his life, the Environment. Now works part time self employed and part time employed in Environmental Services.  Not one to be content just reading about it, Joe takes great pleasure and satisfaction in writing up ecological management plans, implementing them and seeing the results.


Chris Alleyn



Darren Coughlan

Board Member


Colleen Miller


Colleen is passionate about grasslands and nature.  Working for Wyndham City and then as a contractor, Colleen is familiar with many hidden gems of Melbourne’s West.  As a keen photographer Colleen is keen to share her knowledge and encourage everyone to get out into nature.  "If we can enjoy our natural areas then we are more likely to care for and protect them."


Susie Inglis


Susie has worked in the conservation field for 15 years. First as a Park Ranger with Hobsons Bay City Council and recently as a Landcare facilitator with NatureWest. Her love for local natural places has come from many hours spent wandering along Altona Beach in her childhood and many summers camping in Victoria and NSW. Susie has a keen interest in environmental education and enjoys sharing her knowledge about local flora, fauna and habitats that she has gained throughout her working life.