Hello from Murdoch Branch Committee 2020

The new 2020 Murdoch Branch Committee with some new faces, but also happily some experienced hands staying on board. Left to right – Kim Dravnieks, Mat Woods, Jennifer Dudley (insert), Paul Chauvel, Christine Polmear, Diana Corbyn, Felicity Bairstow.

PresidentMathew Woods works as a senior Conservation officer at the company Landcare Weed control. Outside of Mat’s work, he has various hobbies like playing video games and gardening. Mat also really likes plants.

Vice President – Diana Corbyn has been with the Murdoch Branch since year dot. Her interests are botany, ecology and bushland restoration. She currently represents the WSWA on the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Advisory Committee. Most of the committee were taught by Diana at some stage.

Secretary – Kim Dravnieks has been a branch member since returning from Europe over 25years ago. With a background in IT, horticulture and community campaigning she has a passion for protecting our natural environment and is a community representative on the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Advisory Committee.

Treasurer – Felicity Bairstow is a key member of many environmental organisations and committees, including the Wetlands Conservation Society and SERCUL. Felicity played a pivotal role in the Save Beeliar Wetlands campaign over many years and continues to work towards their protection.

Committee Members:

Christine Polmear moved to WA 20 years ago and currently works in administration at Notre Dame University. Her interest in our beautiful native plants grew through exploring Western Australia and falling in love with our wildflowers.

Jennifer Dudley grew up in Adelaide where she was an artist & designer for many years, often incorporating South Australian Native Plants & Wildflowers in her textile design. Jennifer moved to Fremantle to complete her PhD in Asian Studies (Indonesia) at Murdoch University, and always intended to roam the West looking for Wildflowers to photograph & draw, which she now does through the Murdoch Branch of WSWA

Paul Chauvel developed a keen interest in native flora after studying conservation land management. Paul has 20 years experience in architecture and dived into nature conservation as a career change. Paul now is our Marri Leaf newsletter Editor.

We are a friendly bunch, always keen to see new people at our monthly talks and hear about new activities we could run at the Branch. Let us know if you have an idea for a speaker or activity: murdoch.secretary@wildflowersocietywa.org.au