Directors and Members

The Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group (LMWRRG) is a Statutory Authority established under the Environment Protection Act 1970 (the EP Act). The organisation commenced operating on the 1 August 2014.

The Board

The role and duties of the Board of the LMWRRG include: strategy, governance and risk management.  The Board establish and monitor governance arrangements for the Group ensuring the preparation of and approving strategic plans, annual reports, key procedures and policies that will apply to the Group.  The Board are also responsible for the appointment and release of the Executive Officer.

Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

The role of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee is to ensure compliance with all relevant statutory regulation and legal obligations by the LMWRRG. The Committee oversees the development and management of the annual budget of the Group and ensures a risk management framework and processes are effectively operating to support the Groups governance and management.

Loddon Mallee Local Government Forum

The Environment Protection Act (the Act) requires the establishment of a Local Government Waste Forum (the Forum) to support the effective operation of the Board of the LMWRRG.

The Forums membership consists of one councillor from each member council.

The Forum aims to engage with industry, Government and stakeholders to develop and deliver effective, efficient and sustainable waste and resource recovery planning and management in the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Region.

Technical Advisory Reference Group

The Technical Advisory Reference Group (TARG) is a sub group of the Loddon Mallee Local Government Forum.  TARG was established to advise, assist and inform the Loddon Mallee Local Governments Waste Forum.  TARG investigates, makes recommendations and provides expert advice to the Forum on technical matters relevant to the delivery of Loddon Mallee Councils waste and recycling services.

Organisation Structure

LMWRRG_Org Chart

Board Members

  • Jennifer Anderson

    Jennifer has lived in the Macedon Ranges since 2009, where her partner grew up. Her main job is that of a General Practitioner in private practice and she is currently in her third term as a Macedon Ranges Shire Councillor, serving four times as Mayor. She currently also represents her region on the Municipal Association of Victoria Board.

    She is a supporter of buy local and fresh from the market, initiatives to expand the use of electric vehicles and is always willing to assist anyone to look for alternatives to single use plastic and interpret the “greenwash” of so many products that claim they are compostable or biodegradable, when they have not been certified as such.

    In 2016 she graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors course with a strong desire for good governance and making everyone feel important in the decision-making process.
    She sees collaboration and avoiding duplication as the key to success, along with improvement of data used in decision making processes and looks forward to contributing to the realisation of Recycling Victoria- a new Economy.

  • Natalie McCarthy

    Natalie’s interest in resource recovery began as a teenager whilst working as a landfill auditor and witnessing vast quantities of segregated recyclables that should have been diverted from the landfill tip face.

    Natalie is an Environmental Engineer who started her career leading resource recovery projects within the minerals industry. After many years in this field, she moved into managing production process and leading organisation transformations using her qualifications in Lean Production and as a Six Sigma Black Belt. She has extensive International Management experience and worked for 3 years as Rio Tinto Aluminium Lean Deployment Manager for Europe the Middle East and Africa.

    Natalie moved to Central Victoria 10 years ago and now splits her time between four passions; raising her three young children, running a sheep farm with her husband, working in Business Improvement for Central Victorian Manufacturing and being an active member of the local community.

    Natalie is School Council President of Harcourt Valley Primary School, an active CFA member, represents her local council on the Sutton Grange Hall of Management, is an Alumni of the London Business School and a member of many relevant professional organisations.

  • Geoff Curnow

    Geoff has a family history to be proud of; his Cornish forebears have been in the Laanecoorie district for 150 years and he is the third generation of his own family to farm the home property since it was taken up in 1914.

    Educated at Laanecoorie and Maryborough, Geoff returned to the farm while still in his teens and has amassed a wealth of knowledge through his community involvement. Today, together with wife Merna, he runs a prime lamb enterprise paired with some grain production at Laanecoorie. He is a keen traveller and finds great enjoyment in his contacts with people through his community work. Geoff was a Councillor on the Loddon Shire Council and served two years as Mayor.

  • Daryl Warren

    Daryl brings a strong community focus to the Board and a practical outlook on how public boards or committees should discharge their duty for the community benefit.

    With extensive committee and board experience which covers both the public and private sector and with over 48 years of “hands on” practical experience he believes a balance needs to be developed between the views of the community and the aims of the Board to deliver sustainable outcomes.

    Serving as a Councillor and more recently as the Deputy Mayor of Buloke Shire, Daryl has developed a well-rounded view of the world and can add a personal perspective from those that are marginalized by disability or ethnic origins in the community.

    Having lived in many parts of areas Victoria and with a deep commitment to serve the community, Daryl is pleased to serve as a Director on LMWRRG.

  • Julie Green FCA, FAICD, WLCP

    Julie was appointed as Non-Executive Director of Loddon Mallee Waste & Resource Recovery Board in August 2014. She is also a Director of RACV, Greening Australia, Bendigo Health, Maldon Hospital and on an advisory Board for Redgrid. Formerly, Julie was a Director of RACV Finance, The Innovation Cooperative and a large regional aged care service provider, Shepparton Villages. Julie is also a business consultant in strategy, governance and change management.

    This follows a successful Executive career in infrastructure, transport, utilities and healthcare, delivering major change agendas in the public and private sectors. Alongside this professional career, Julie has been an advisor to Not for Profit entities for over twenty years.

    She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant in England and Wales, Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of Leadership Victoria. She lives in Maldon, Victoria.

  • Lorraine Learmonth

    Lorraine recently completed 8 years as a Gannawarra Shire Councillor representing Yarran Ward which includes Cohuna and Leitchville, and served as Mayor for 3 years.

    Lorraine has a strong connection with her community and the environment through her past experiences.

    Lorraine’s interests in the environment align with her role as a Director at Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group. Lorraine is concerned about the Waste dumped in our forests and along the Murray River and the need to educate our campers and communities on responsible waste disposal.

    She is keen to see a marked reduction in use of all plastics, excess packaging, waste to landfill and would like to see a strong commitment across the Victoria to the Circular Economy.

  • Svetla Petkova

    Svetla joined the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group in July 2019, filling in a casual vacancy.

    She calls a small hobby farm near Nyah home, where her two young boys learn about nature, animals and the beauty of the Mallee.

    As Director Infrastructure at Swan Hill Rural City Council, Svetla is responsible for the asset management, operations, engineering and capital works departments.

    Prior to moving into the Mallee, Svetla has lived and worked in regional North Queensland, Gippsland, Melbourne and the Wimmera.

    Qualified Engineer with a Doctorate in fluid mechanics, she has used her engineering, project and people management skills to ensure safe, efficient and effective services are delivered to the community.

    Before entering local government, Svetla has spent a decade working within the Victorian Water Sector providing essential services to customers.

    Her current portfolio at Swan Hill Rural City Council includes waste and recycling and she is passionate about waste minimisation and resource recovery.

    Svetla is also a Board member of Lower Murray Water and the Southern Alpine Resort Management Board.