Meet our board members
Ms. 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 five members, including a chair. All members have been appointed by the Minister. From 2022, three members will be elected by the community.
Get to know our Board members, they're all locals and leaders in our community - you may already recognise a few faces!
Chair Limestone Coast Landscape Board
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 is currently undertaking 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 is currently the Principal Ecologist and Manager 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 as a conservation 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.
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 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.
Ben is the co-director of Hello Friday, a creative agency located in the Limestone Coast that services businesses and government organisations predominantly associated with primary industries or education. He is the co-creator of Australian children's character, George the Farmer. He is currently a Councillor with the City of Mount Gambier and Director with the philanthropic foundation Stand Like Stone. Ben lives with his family in Mount Gambier and grew up on a farm on the ridges of Bool Lagoon.
Ben has a particular interest in sustainable agriculture, embracing technologies across pest control and land management, as well as ensuring that the community are connected to the Board's work through strategic engagement. He would like to see our region's resources managed in a holistic way, encompassing healthy environments, strong industry engagement and community understanding.
He acknowledges: "Our region is so special because of its amazing diversity and beauty of our landscape, its rich history both ancient and modern and our dedicated, passionate community."
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.
Bruce is an active private investor with interests that include oil and gas royalties, and gold exploration in New Zealand, as well as a growing prime lamb business he operates in south east South Australia and western Victoria.
Bruce holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Queensland, he is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a number of external Directorships.
Bruce is most interested in the preservation of the region's precious water resources, along with improving the habitat for endangered native flora and fauna species and managing biodiversity.
Bruce loves the region's landscapes, the climate, the lifestyle and above all else, the people. He believes that protecting the environment and growing vital primary industries is possible, and technology may be able to provide a solution. He has a keen interest in engaging with the community and First Nations peoples to ensure LC Landscape Board initiatives are informed and have broad community support. He has a desire to ensure that future generations can live and prosper in the Limestone Coast landscape.