Meet our board members

Dr Kerry DeGaris was appointed by the Minister for Environment and Water as the Presiding Member and Chair of the Limestone Coast Landscape Board, and has supported the establishment of the new landscape board and implementation the government’s landscape reform agenda.

The Board consists of seven 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!

 Dr Kerry DeGaris - Limestone Coast Landscape Board

Dr Kerry Degaris

Chair Limestone Coast Landscape Board 

Kerry works in the local wine industry as a Technical Officer, and manages Killanoola, a property bordering Bool Lagoon, running crossbred ewes and cattle. Born and bred at Bool Lagoon, Kerry moved to Adelaide to study Agricultural Science, before moving back to the region in 2004.

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, a Masters degree in Applied Science and PhD in Irrigation Management researching ion movement in grapevines. She is involved in a number of community groups and is the immediate past Presiding Member of the South East Natural Resources Management Board.

Kerry is passionate about farming, viticulture and water management. Her drive is to ensure the sustainability of natural resources for future generations and her aspiration for her role on the LC Landscape Board is to be able to shape the course of these issues.

Kerry loves the way the region was shaped by the receding of the ocean to provide such rich natural resources enabling a wide variety of industries and agricultural diversity.

 Mark Bachmann - Limestone Coast Landscape Board

Mark Bachmann

Mark is currently the Principal Ecologist and Manager of Nature Glenelg Trust, a not-for-profit community environmental organisation working in the Glenelg River area providing ecological consulting services, conducting biodiversity projects and running an environmental charity. 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 with the region, and purchased a bush block at Hatherleigh in 1996. He has worked and lived 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.

 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.

 Miles Hannemann - Limestone Coast Landscape Board

Miles Hannemann

Miles is the owner manager of a mixed family farm at Keith.

Miles has a Diploma of Farm Management from Roseworthy Agricultural College and a Rural Business Management Certificate. He is currently a member of the South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Board and Tatiara District Council Councillor and has extensive committee experience with local service and sporting clubs.

Miles is most interested in pest, weed and soil management in the landscape. There is much remedial work to be done.

Miles appreciates our region's diversity - the oceans, beaches, wetlands, caves, conservation parks and primary industries. He believes that is vitally important to leave the landscape in better condition for future generations. To do this, the community must be activated to get involved.

 Ben Hood - Limestone Coast Landscape Board

Ben Hood

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."

 Penny Schulz - Limestone Coast Landscape Board

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 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 connectedness 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!"

 Bruce Wood - Limestone Coast Landscape Board

Bruce Wood

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.