Introducing some of the faces involved in making ecocities happen...
Urban Ecology Australia relies on volunteer contributions. Many people have contributed time and expertise to Urban Ecology Australia to help make ecocities happen.
UEA is run by a member-elected board, which varies between 4 and 9 members, with assistance from other members.
UEA's internship program has attracted many interns from Australia and abroad.
Many other volunteers have contributed to UEA over the years.
The UEA board currently consists of: Sue Gilbey (Convenor), Anne Hamilton (Secretary), Margaret Rohde (Treasurer), Michael Robertson (website), Wayne Anthoney, Andrew Tidswell, Norm Rohde, Patrick Greene, and Matt Fisher.
Sue Gilbey currently lives in the land of the Kaurna people but her heart and family connections are with the Alyawarr desert people of Central Australia.
She is a community activist, involved in many grassroots campaigns, and a passionate advocate for justice and equity both socially and environmentally.
She has post-graduate qualifications in Applied Science and Senior Management and her skills include research, conducting interviews, broadcasting and public speaking, locally, nationally and internationally.
She was recently deeply honoured to be the first Australian ever to receive the Bremen Peace Award, a very prestigious International peace prize, administered by the European Threshold Foundation .
Anne has been a member of UEA for the last 5 years, and treasurer for the last 3 years. She owns an apartment at Christie Walk. She is interested in sustainable city living where satisfaction is gained from working with others to conserve the earth's resources, as opposed to consuming them unnecessarily.
Margaret has worked for Oxfam Community Aid Abroad for the past ten years, in the area of sustainable tourism to developing countries. She is also co-treasurer of the Global Education Centre and has just graduated from Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Social Sciences, majoring in Environmental Studies. As a volunteer for Urban Ecology Margaret conducts tours of the Christie Walk sustainable housing development in Adelaide.
Trained as a visual artist and philosopher, Michael became involved in eco-politics at the end of the 20th century. He is aware that the behavior of communities (and entire civilizations) is the result of continuous debate, assertion and counter-assertion, some of it explicit, much of it tendentious. He believes that human activities can result in good outcomes in both the short and long term, for both people and nature, but only if we are creative and rigorous in developing - and questioning - ideas, assumptions, solutions.
Wayne has been a UEA member since 1993 and Convener of the Board since November 2007. He has been a resident of Christie Walk since 2005. His major concern for the planet is to convince people in the developed world to use less of its resources.
Wayne became involved through his interest in renewable energy and his desire to be a resident in the Halifax EcoCity Project. Wayne has organised UEA fund raisers, such as Quiz Nights and Film Nights, and produced the first UEA Web page.
Andrew is a life member of UEA and is passionate about developing resilient communities and sustainable cities, that are more ecologically, socially and economically responsible.
He is an architect and has worked on policy guidelines and designs for environmentally responsible public buildings, especially schools.
Norm's background is in secondary teaching and educational publishing. He has a strong interest in sustainability initiatives and is a resident of Christie Walk.
Norm has been actively involved for more than 5 years in the Christie Walk educational site tour program As a UEA Board member, he was the prime mover in establishing the Go Get car-sharing scheme in Adelaide (as a joint initiative with UEA) and has provided a leadership role in UEA fundraising activities.
Patrick trained as an environmental scientist after a lengthy part-time degree in politics before leaving Australia to travel the world. He is concerned about our society's use of resources and our reliance on fossil fuels. His interests in green building, renewable energy and sustainable living led him to join Urban Ecology Australia.
Patrick now works in the renewable energy industry and has been involved in developing solar projects with community groups, local government and industry around Australia. A newcomer to South Australia, Patrick recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business Management from the University of South Australia. He is particularly interested in how public policy impacts on the sustainability of the cities that we build and live in.
Matt worked for many years as a volunteer for Urban Ecology Australia, and for Wirranendi. He now works in policy development at the Community Housing Council of SA, the peak body for Housing Co-operatives & Housing Associations in South Australia. He is also completing a Masters degree in Philosophy at Adelaide University, developing a creativity perspective on human nature & social change.
Joan became involved through her interest in residing in the Halifax EcoCity Project. She is now living in a townhouse in Christie Walk. Joan uses her desktop publishing skills to produce the Urban Ecology Newsletter, with editorial assistance from Chérie Hoyle, Paul Downton and Sharon Ede. Joan worked for more than 20 years with Community Aid Abroad (now Oxfam Community Aid Abroad) in WA and then in SA. She is co-treasurer of the Global Education Centre, and treasurer of Friends of Community Aid Abroad Freedom from Hunger (SA/NT)Inc
Grad Dip, Regional and Urban Planning - University of South Australia Bachelor of Arts - University of South Australia Certificate in Freelance Writing - Adelaide Institute of TAFE
Sharon has been involved with Urban Ecology Australia since the launch of the Centre for Urban Ecology in 1993, and has been on the Board almost as long! While volunteering at the Centre during her University years, Sharon participated in a range of activities, including developing UEA's web site, liaising with visitors and contacts, producing promotional materials and fact sheets and giving numerous talks and presentations on urban ecology and ecocity projects. She also represented Urban Ecology Australia at the 1994 Cities and Sustainable Development conference in Manchester and the 1996 United Nations City Summit in Istanbul.
Sharon joined the public service as an Environmental Planner in 1999 and
now works as a Greening Project Officer with the South Australian Department
for Environment & Heritage. In 2001, she had the opportunity to travel
to the United States and undertake work-related study on Ecological Footprint,
a concept closely related to the ethos and goals of urban ecology and ecological
cities, which - among other things - are about reducing the
human settlements on the planet.