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THECA Volunteers

THECA could not exist without the contribution of many volunteers as well as the committee members. They are involved in bushcare, children’s activities, workshops and field trips, projects, birdwalks, as well as the essential office and maintenance tasks needed. New volunteers are always welcome.

Committee Members

Our Committee members are indeed committed to environmental issues and to the community.


MdW 19JUL12JH 121Acting President 

As the former local Councillor I have been involved with THECA and its predecessor since 1997.  THECA is a great community resource.  I am looking forward to working with the committee to make THECA even better.  Not having environmental credentials I will do anything I can to support THECA’s programs.

Justin Watson

Justin Watson

Vice President

Justin is the Director and Principal Ecologist of Gondwana Ecology Group, a company he established to provide specialist and professional ecological services.  He is a Certified Environmental Practitioner with the Environment Institute Australia and New Zealand and committee member of the Queensland Environmental Law Association.  His ecological experience in Australia extends across all States and he has worked internationally and in remote areas.


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Margaret Palmer


Margaret has worked with the Commonwealth government on issues relating to the environment and Indigenous affairs. She currently volunteers with the Moggill Creek Catchment Group as well as THECA, and with Milpera High School, helping migrants and refugees with reading English.

Alan Anderson

Alan Anderson


Alan is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years professional experience.  He has been involved in Landcare groups for the past 25 years and is a former Land For Wildlife rural property owner.


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John Griffiths

Sameer Punde



Education Officer

With 40 years of experience as a teacher and educational consultant and author, Rachel is a founding member of THECA. With involvement in all aspects of THECA, she has a special interest and expertise in running educational programs for children.



These volunteer members have taken on responsibilities for specific areas and projects.


Linda Cartmill

Linda Cartmill

Newsletter Editor

Linda is a Queensland occupational therapist who upgraded her writing and scientific skills with a Master of Philosophy degree in 2006.  A lifelong association with Lamington and other National Parks has been the inspiration for her commitment to environmental issues.

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Membership Officer




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Office Assistant





Greg has responsibility for arranging speakers for monthly meetings. 

He has worked in the wildlife conservation and natural resource management field for over 30 years, mostly dealing with public relations and working extensively with community groups and landholders.