• Tein McDonald

    President | Accreditation SC

    I have been a member of AABR since its inception in 1986 and, like others, am keen to see high standards in bush regeneration maintained. I also enjoy actively networking with other restoration practitioners and researchers across Australia to share insights, experiences, knowledge and skills.

  • Jane Gye


    What AABR stands for is something unique in native veg management. I am motivated to see AABR prosper and be regarded as a body that has the skills and knowledge that are sought by those who are responsible for the land that they live, work and play in.

  • Kirsten Vine


    I am with AABR, as I am passionate about raising the profile of bush regeneration, and also increasing the professionalism of the industry.

  • Heather Stolle

    Accreditation SC | Mail/Public Officer

    I have served on the AABR committee for many years as Public Officer and in other roles – and am happy to contribute whatever my abilities will allow and whenever I have the time!

  • Elisabeth Dark

    As part of an enlarged committee, I can help share the load of committee work. In particular I bring the perspective and industry awareness of a Sydney contractor.

  • Scott Meier

    Accreditation SC | Reconstruction WG

    AABR represents an opportunity for me to contribute to the development of the restoration movement for conservation and maintenance of the natural systems that support the quality of human society and ancient biodiversity.

  • Spencer Shaw

    Facebook | Reconstruction WG

    Being new to the AABR committee I hope to bring a fresh perspective (where suitable); Grow AABR membership in SE QLD ; and provide assistance to other committee members in the development of AABR.

  • Kate Low

    As Head Teacher of Applied environmental Management at Ryde TAFE, I bring a strong understanding of the training environment. I work with lots of contractors, and lots of contractors send their students to TAFE. I hope that I can make links between contractors, education and AABR.

  • Mark Cachia

    Reconstruction WG | Public Officer

    I hope to utilise my experience from various volunteer organisations to become an effective member of the AABR Committee. I hope to bring the view of the newcomers to the industry and look to providing some input where possible as well as learning from and supporting others.

  • Suzanne Pritchard

    Minutes Secretary

    I’m a recent AABR member and hope to assist where my skills are useful. I have a deep commitment to assisting the local vegetation retain its integrity in a climate changing world and hope to learn and share the findings.

  • Melanie Ledgett

    Reconstruction WG

    One of the areas I feel AABR can provide support to its members is in professional accreditation. As a sole trader, this is particularly relevant to me, as I am not part of a larger group or being put through courses by an employer.

  • Matthew Pearson

    I joined AABR about three years ago so that I could maintain an understanding of the industry. Even though I might be a member of other committees in South Australia, AABR has enable me to see and bring to these committees new ideas and techniques of undertaking our work. Likewise, I also enjoy sharing my skills and knowledge with others which I am hoping to do through AABR.

Project Officers

  • Danny Hirschfield

    I have been an AABR member for 19 years and served as Membership Officer for 12 of those. I am particularly interested in maintaining AABR’s role in raising standards of bush regen practice, and am currently Chair of AABR’s Bush Regeneration Practitioner Accreditation Sub-committee, working with over a dozen AABR accreditation assessors.

  • Louise Brodie

    I have been involved in AABR for a long time and on the committee for a few years. In the early years of AABR we were keen to get everyone interested in bushland! I have been involved in helping do, doing (and still do) the Newsletter for a number of years

  • Virginia Bear

    I have been a long time member of AABR. I was the vice president in 1990, became the president of AABR from 1991 to 93 and was involved in the newsletter for many years. A strong ecological restoration culture and industry is vitally important for Australia. I picture a future where the work we do is a normal thing, or expect—and believe that AABR can help to make this happen.

  • Mitra Gusheh

    I bring to AABR many years of experience in consulting and teaching design and am responsible for the design and maintenance of the AABR website. I also manage online advertising for AABR, which is an important part of AABR’s link to industry.