Bushcare’s Major Day Out is a not for profit organisation run by a committee of volunteers.
Don Wilson – President. Don, at the time aged 78, started Bushcare’s Major Day Out in 2009 in the Willoughby Local Government Area, with the support of Willoughby City Council, as a means of bringing more bushcarers together to be able to battle ever bigger problems. With a background in business and sales, Don was able to persuade and inspire others, leading to the success of this national day. Don takes responsibility for getting others involved in Bushcare’s Major Day Out across Australia. Don was made Citizen of the year by Willoughby City Council in 2014 for his efforts in promoting and taking part in bushcare and Bushcare’s Major Day Out.
Isabelle Connolly – Vice President. Isabelle has been a bushcarer for some 20 years. Working for National Parks and Wildlife, Isabelle has built relationships within NSW National Parks and Wildlife so that Bushcare’s Major Day Out is well known within the organisation. She has also lent her considerable talents to media and funding applications, which happily for us are sometimes successful.
Linda Watts – Secretary and CEO. Linda leads Bushcare’s Major Day Out (BMDO) organisationally. She has had a distinguished career in business including as CEO of Kimberly-Clark in New Zealand, which has given her expertise in meeting facilitation, strategy development, organisation structure, networking and time management. Linda has only recently discovered the joys of bushcare but loves working with the team of volunteers on the BMDO committee. Linda is also the first port of call for anyone with any issues about registering their bushcare sites on the BMDO website.
Jane Diamond – Treasurer. Jane is a bushcare volunteer of many years standing in North Sydney and our esteemed Treasurer.
Gail Giles-Gidney – is the popularly elected Mayor of Willoughby City Council. Gail has been part of the BMDO committee from the start and we appreciate having someone who is passionate about bushcare, supporting BMDO with many other community leaders.
Peter Clarke – Peter is the Community Volunteer Program Co-ordinator for Ku-ring-gai Council in Sydney and joined the BMDO Committee at the end of 2014. He is a passionate and highly skilled bushcarer and has brought a lot of new ideas and experience into the Committee. His monthly e-newsletters to site organisers are light-hearted but informative. Peter is tirelessly promoting BMDO to anyone at all who will listen!
Jude Morris – works for NSW National Parks and Wildlife and Willoughby City Council in the areas of weed management, volunteer coordination and environmental education. She is the supervisor for Don Wilson’s large bushcare group. She also brings skills in Graphic Design and desktop publishing, and she designed Bushcare’s Major Day Out’s logo and the Bushcare’s Major Day Out Starter-Kit for site organisers.
Kathryn Wem -is a ranger for Lane Cove National Parks and joined the BMDO committee at the end of 2015. We appreciate her extensive knowledge of bushcare and the practicalities of environmental volunteering in Sydney.
Angus Stewart – also recently joined the BMDO committee. Angus is a very well-known TV presenter on the ABC and is an expert on cultivating native plants. It is wonderful to have such a well-connected and supportive personality as part of our team.
Saraya Robinson – Queensland State Champion. Saraya brings a Queensland presence and knowledge to BMDO. During the day Saraya works for the Council of the City of Gold Coast Coast where she is a Greening Officer. She also has a range of social media skills which she is adding to BMDO’s support offer.
Sandra Edmunds – BMDO Media Expert. Sandra has many years of experience in PR and Media with local councils and other organisations in Victoria. She kindly volunteered her services to the BMDO team in 2014 and has been advising various bushcare groups on media releases ever since. She promotes the BMDO event to the national and local newspapers and sends out lots of press releases to gain more publicity for bushcare in general and BMDO in particular.
Peter Ziegler – Grants Expert. Peter joined the Committee in 2014 and has been helping us to apply for a wide range of small grants ever since. It’s been a hard slog but several have been successful.
Costa Georgiadis – Patron of BMDO. Costa is a well-known and high energy TV personality, and a strong supporter of the environment and bushcare in particular. We are honoured to have Costa as our Patron.
The Bushcare’s Major Day Out committee is committed to helping foster a love, respect and involvement with the Australian bush.