Meet our board members

Dr. Penny Schulz was appointed by the Minister for Environment and Water as the Presiding Member and Chair of the Limestone Coast Landscape Board. As Chair, her role supports the implementation of the government’s landscape reform agenda.

The Board consists of seven members, including the chair. All members have been appointed by the Minister.

Get to know our Board members, they're all locals and leaders in our community - you may already recognise a few faces!

Penny Schulz - Limestone Coast Landscape Board

Chair Limestone Coast Landscape Board

Dr. Penny Schulz

Penny is the co-owner of Schulz Livestock, a beef and sheep farming operation at Field in the Upper South East region. She is a researcher, and Ag-Tech startup founder. She is a Livestock Consultant, University Lecturer and Senior Dairy Extension Officer.

Penny has recently completed a PhD in Rural Science and holds a Master of Science in Agriculture, a Bachelor of Agriculture and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She also holds a range of executive officer positions with Livestock SA, the Australian Beef Industry Foundation, and SA Cattle Advisory Group.

Penny has a particular interest in community engagement and using technology for productive and sustainable land management.

She is interested in developing strong community connections with all elements of natural resource management. Managing this landscape is complex and challenging, and she hopes the Board is recognised for the full breadth of landscape management challenges and opportunities.

Penny loves our unique and varied landscape and climate and holds a special place for the beautiful and fragile landscape that is the Coorong, "...I don't need to explain how special the Coorong is to us - it's a place that just draws you in!"

Mark Bachmann - Limestone Coast Landscape Board

Mark Bachmann

Mark is the Managing Director and Founder of Nature Glenelg Trust, an independent not-for-profit environmental organisation delivering projects for community benefit across south-eastern Australia. He previously held positions with the South Australian environment department including Conservation Programs Manager and Regional Ecologist.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Honours and Diploma of Natural Resources Management. He has written numerous academic papers.

He has deep family roots in the upper Limestone Coast around Bordertown, and purchased his first bush block at Hatherleigh in 1996. He has worked and lived permanently in the region since 1999.

Mark's ambition for the Limestone Coast region is to explore ways in which the community can work smarter and with greater ambition to drive bold new programs that tackle the tough issues and make a real and lasting difference to the region. He is especially passionate about biodiversity, water issues, community education and achieving meaningful involvement of First Nations people in landscape management.

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Peter Bissell

Peter has been a winemaker in the Coonawarra for the last thirty three years, most notably as Winemaker with Balnaves of Coonawarra and as a consultant to other winemaking companies. He and his family also own Broken Windmill Vineyard in Wrattonbully.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Graduate Diploma of Wine. He is past chair and current member of the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council, and current Chair of the Limestone Coast Mixed Dozen Wine Trails Project. He is a Wine Show Judge and has been awarded the Qantas/Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year in 2005 and the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology Winemaker of the Year in 2018. Peter has also written a number of publications about winemaking.

Peter is driven to pursue equitable and improved use of our water resources using science and innovative technology to ensure water sustainability. Peter envisions a region of highly productive agriculture, viticulture, forestry and other sustainable industries co-existing with wetlands and lakes to support native wildlife, the environment, recreation and tourism.

Peter values our unique landscape with water provided by winter rainfall at the heart of our highly productive region. "We make some of the best wine in the world, we have some of the highest graded beef and lamb found in Australia as well as lobster, fish, apples, cherries, seeds and potatoes, timber and crops. We also have beautiful coastlines, volcanic remnants and great tourism potential, all of which supports our communities and provides on-going employment."

Robbie Davis - Limestone Coast Landscape Board

Robbie Davis

Robbie is the immediate past CEO of Potatoes South Australia Inc., the representative voice for the potato industry's value chain. She has a history of employment in trade and investment and as a self-employed Agribusiness consultant. She owns grazing property in the Adelaide Hills and Murraylands.

Robbie holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Master of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has held a number of board and committee positions as Chair or Director and is currently Chair of the Research and Commercialisation Committee, a member of Agribusiness Association of Australia and Livestock SA/Cattle Council of Australia and a number of other industry relevant committees.

Robbie has a particular focus on soil health, equitable water resource management and the control of invasive pest plants and animals.

Robbie is interested in the balance between the environment and primary industry pursuits for the sustainability of our region's natural resources, particularly water. She has a particular interest in governance and due diligence with a focus on commercial board procedures and believes that wider community engagement with board members is critical for success. She is keen to work with other boards on the shared stewardship of the Murray Darling Basin Plan and recovery of the fragile Coorong wetlands. Robbie also wants to see that funding is directed towards projects that will have the most impact for agricultural and environmental benefits.

Robbie enjoys our region's beaches, coastlines, grazing country, towering gums, rainfall, vineyards, wineries - "the road between Padthaway and Naracoorte/Lucindale always takes my breath away" and of course, Limestone Coast communities.

Tom Linnell

Tom has lived his entire life in the Limestone Coast, and grew up in the foothills of Lake Bonney. He is an Education Futures Lecturer and Regional Coordinator with the University of South Australia Mount Gambier Campus. He was previously a teacher and specialist Sustainability Coordinator with Tenison Woods College.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Education, Graduate Certificate of Education and Diploma of Sustainability. He is furthering his interests in education and sustainability, currently studying a Masters of Education and Masters of Sustainability.

Tom has a passion for building sustainable and resilient communities. To this end, he believes the way forward is through environmental education and community engagement. He seeks a future where young people preference regional communities to live, because of the numerous economic, environmental and social benefits. He wants to see the Limestone Coast region continue to strengthen the connections between country and community, championing traditional knowledge of First Nations people, and intergenerational dialogue.

He appreciates how our diverse landscapes are so close to where he lives: scenic coastlines, volcanic landforms, dense forests and farm lands - “Such a wealth of local environments makes the Limestone Coast such a special place to work, live and raise a family”.

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Fiona Rasheed

Fiona is the Business Administration Manager and co-owner of Boolapuckee Pastoral Company in Keilira, Limestone Coast. The combined properties produce merino wool, beef and lamb for domestic markets, and operations include pasture management and renovation, grazing and animal husbandry operations, cropping, revegetation projects and water management. Fiona has family connections to the Limestone Coast and located here in 2007.

Fiona holds a Bachelor of International Studies, Bachelor of Laws and legal Practice, a Master of Environmental Management, Diploma of Agribusiness Management and she has undertaken an AICD Company Director course. She is a past Chair of Primary Producers South Australia Natural Resources Management Committee and current Livestock SA Representative, and past South East NRM Board Presiding Member.

Fiona has a strong interest in promoting policy and investment approaches that balance the needs of industries, communities and the environment. Water policy, pest plants and animal control and community engagement are key areas of focus.

She appreciates the diversity of our landscapes, with incredible bushland, wetlands, coastlines and productive farming land.

Tracey Strugnell

Tracey is currently employed as the Senior Sustainability and Grants Officer, delivering on the projects of the Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan. She has attracted Commonwealth and State funding for environmental and sustainable agriculture works, such as on ground improvements in revegetation, remnant vegetation protection, wetland protection, pest animal control, weed control and clay spreading. She has extensive experience working across various government agencies in natural resource management.

Tracey holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management from the University of Adelaide Roseworthy Campus and has since undertaken further education in governance, directorship, Women on Boards training, and most recently participating in the MDA Basin Communities Leadership Program. She is currently a member of the Murray Coorong Advisory Committee of the Murrayland Riverland Landscape Board.

Tracey has a passion for working with people to encourage improvement to the landscape realising real on ground gains alongside economic benefits. To this end her interests include strategic planning, project management, sustainable agriculture and land management, water security, dryland salinity and biodiversity. Her vision for landscape management in the region is to achieve a healthy environment and build sustainable regional growth.

And what makes our region special? “It is all special - every diverse square kilometre!"