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Native Vegetation

Craig Wickham

Presiding Member

Craig Wickham is an Islander who has a long history with planning and community development, having had 10 years on local Council, chaired the Development Assessment Panel and served on the Kangaroo Island Council Roadside Vegetation Consultative Committee. Formal qualifications in wildlife and park management means Craig brings an understanding of the conservation resource management issues and current service as a member of the Natural Resource Management Board brings in contemporary issues and opportunities.

Craig and his family run a tourism business which is completely reliant on the Island’s natural assets being managed in a sustainable manner.


Lyn Dohle

Lyn Dohle works for PIRSA as a Senior Land Management Consultant located at the Kingscote Office.  She provides expert technical advice and support in soil, water and vegetation management with an emphasis on sustaining both primary industries and enhancing natural resources. She has worked in this field for over twenty five years. She provides land management consultancy services to the State Government, Natural Resource Management Board, farming systems groups and individuals.

Lyn has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons) and a Masters of Agriculture Science (Soil Conservation)

Lyn and her partner have a fine wool merino and cropping property in the Hd MacGillivray Lyn was recognised for her skills and expertise in the land management area being awarded a Certificate of Merit for the McKell Medal in 2010. The McKell Medal is the most prestigious Australian award for excellence and achievement in natural resource management.

Jennifer Grinter

Jennifer Grinter

After working as a teacher in Victoria and Western Australia for many years I moved with my family to Kangaroo Island in 1991. On the Island I worked in our own tourism businesses and as Financial Officer for the KIDB for a short time before moving back to WA in 2005, where we lived in the beautiful world heritage listed Shark Bay. I returned to retirement on KI at the end of 2013. During my time on Kangaroo Island I have been an active member of Eco-Action and am acting as their representative on this board. I have a strong commitment to the sustainable preservation of Kangaroo Island’s environment and its biological diversity.

I have always taken a strong interest in Australia’s native flora and their associated ecosystems whether it be in the arid zone landscapes I lived in during my 16 years in Carnarvon and Shark Bay or the diverse ecosystems here on Kangaroo Island. I have been involved in planting and maintaining indigenous shrubs and trees in a number of different areas around Australia and feel I have a good understanding of maintaining a balance between conserving biodiversity, practical economic considerations and the safety of the human population.

Robert Kleeman


Heinrich Klein

Heiri Klein is the Catchment to Coast Project Manager with Natural Resources Kangaroo Island and oversees a small team that delivers bush management advice and ecological restoration projects as well as the regional coordination of marine parks and the Australian Government funded Coast & Marine and On-ground Works Programs.

Heiri has a degree in Biology and a background in terrestrial and marine ecology and experience in biosecurity research. Since his start with DEWNR in 2004 Heiri has mostly worked in the KI Nationally Threatened Plant Program delivering the Eastern Plains Fire Trials and habitat restoration projects. Heiri’s connection with Kangaroo Island dates back to 1995 when he and his wife bought their Cassini property before starting a family on the island. Heiri’s in-depth knowledge of the island’s environment, combined with extensive international travel and engagements with conservation programs in a number of countries, has provided Heiri with a thorough understanding of both the challenges and the opportunities associated with native vegetation management.


Jayne Bates OAM

Jayne Bates

Jayne Bates has an extensive background in areas of Local Government, regional and community development, planning and public infrastructure development and natural resource management.

Jayne has lived on Kangaroo Island for most of her life and with her husband and son operate a farming enterprise, now covering 6 generations. She also operates a coastal tourist accommodation business in Penneshaw.

Jayne held the position of Mayor Kangaroo Island for 8 years, until she stepped down in November 2014. She has fulfilled many roles, both local and state and was a Board member of the Kangaroo Island Futures Authority.

Currently Jayne is a Board Member of South Australian Tourism Commission, an inaugural member of the Kangaroo Island Industry and Brand Alliance, a Board member of Tourism Kangaroo Island and the Independent Chair of the Kangaroo Island Development Assessment Panel.


Russell Seaman

Russell Seaman

Russell has 20 years of experience delivering and developing environmental projects. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and other qualifications in regional planning, business and project management. He is currently the State Manager for Native Vegetation within the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, with the responsibility for the administration of the Native Vegetation Act in South Australia. He is also overseeing regulatory reforms in this area and is implementing South Australia’s first biodiversity credit trading scheme.  

Russell also has a long history in developing projects that align with carbon market opportunities, he has case managed several successful projects, including one that the World Bank Sustainable Development Committee used as a case study. Russell is also at the forefront of developing carbon pilot programs utilizing customer design approaches within the South Australian Government. His work during the millennium drought was recognized on the national stage by being awarded the Banksia’s Award - Prime Ministers Environmentalist of the year in 2011.

During this period Russell played a central role in developing and delivering over $200 million package of works for the Lower Murray in South Australia. Russell has also represented the South Australian Government on several international and national committees including: the Australian delegation to the Korean Ramsar Conference of Contracting Parties, past member, National Aquatic Ecosystems Task Group, National River Health Contact Group, National Wetlands and Waterbirds Task Group and the South Australian Water Security Technical Working Group. Russell has also produced several joint publications in the area of citizen science and acid sulfate soils and is responsible for numerous State policy strategic documents, including the State’s first ecological character description framework.


Deb Sleeman

Deb Sleeman

Deb has an abiding interest in the natural world, which is one of the reasons Kangaroo Island has been her base since the mid 1970s.

She has worked in many different areas over her life, including community welfare as a social worker, small business, the agricultural sector and the tourist industry, and as an artist. In 2008 she was the winner of the Artist as Educator Award by the SA Youth Arts Board for her work with KICE in Art and Environment Programmes.

She has been an elected member of the Dudley District Council, a director of Bushland Conservation Pty Ltd (of which she is a shareholder) and a member of the American River Progress Association and Ecoaction. Deb believes that the environment of Kangaroo Island is of international significance and the status of roadside vegetation is important to its ecosystems. The Local Advisory Board for Native Vegetation on Kangaroo Island affords an opportunity to work with all members of the community to apply sound and environmentally responsible practices of roadside vegetation management into the future.


Richard Trethewey

Richard Trethewey

Richard, in partnership with his family, runs a diverse agricultural business producing wool, lamb, seed potatoes, fresh vegetables and fresh water crayfish (marron). He has a long relationship with natural resource management being an inaugural member of the Eleanor River Landcare Group, and a Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management (KINRM) board member since 2008, taking on the role of Presiding Member in December 2009.

As the Presiding Member of the NRM board, Richard aims to balance environmental needs with the economic and social needs of Kangaroo Island residents and businesses, believing that Kangaroo Island can be a model that demonstrates how modern society can exist without sacrificing the environment.  

Richard chairs the Kangaroo Island NRM board’s Finance and Audit Committee, the Biosecurity Advisory Committee and Water Resources Task Force and represents Kangaroo Island on the Council of Presiding Members.


Rodney Bell

Rodney Bell

Rodney was born on KI and has lived here all his life.  He is a 4th generation farmer and has been farming for 53 years. Today both his sons, Travis and Lachlan also are involved in the sheep and cropping enterprise. Rodney is very passionate about KI. He has been on many boards and committees and done volunteer work all his life. His service to the community has involved:

  • volunteer ambulance officer
  • Kingscote Areas School Council Committee member
  • Chain of Lagoons Landcare group Chairman
  • Kingscote Ag bureau Chairman
  • Wisanger CFS member
  • KI NRM Board member
  • Advisory Board of Agriculture Chairperson
  • KI Development Board member
  • KI Field Day Chairperson
  • KI Sheep Production Group member
  • KI Pure Grain Director
  • KI Road Safety Committee Chairperson