Kirsten Vine



Personal Information

I was born in St George Hospital in 1971, but spent most of my life in little Burrill Lake on the NSW South Coast. This is, quite understandably, where my obsession with native flora began.

I have an adult son, Dan. Since 2008, I have lived in the Illawarra with my partner Max, but am hoping to move to the Sydney area in the next year.

Your interest and involvement in bush regeneration / ecological restoration

I have worked in many roles in the environment industry for the previous 20yrs. I have been a:

  • Threatened species surveyor for EcoLogical Aust.
  • Bushcare supervisor for Millard’s Creek, Ulladulla
  • Bushcare Support Worker for Shoalhaven City Council
  • Bush Regeneration Officer for Shellharbour City Council
  • Botanist for Biosis
  • Grants Assessor for Commonwealth Government
  • Self-employed Vegetation Consultant
  • Bush Regenerator for National Trust

I have been a member of various Landcare groups – Milton-Ulladulla, Holbrook and Illawarra. I have also represented the community on the Ulladulla Natural Resources Committee and the Heathland Reserve Trust (Ulladulla). I am a keen Bushcarer, being a volunteer supervisor for many years in the Shoalhaven area and also assisting in the Shellharbour area, where I initiated a Facebook page 5yrs ago for the local Bushcare group.

Botany is my passion and hobby, and am well-known for my photos of local flora. I enjoy sharing this passion with others at every opportunity. I discovered a disjunct population of the vulnerable Pimelea curviflora at Croome Reserve, significantly extending its range.

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