Council is excited to have recently appointed Brian Bainbridge in the role of Biodiversity Officer. Brian Bainbridge has been employed to develop and deliver the shire’s Biodiversity Strategy with community.  Brian has a background in ecological planning with a community-based catchment management group.  He has worked for over twenty years on ecological restoration projects across the rural, industrial and urban landscapes of the Merri Creek valley near Melbourne.  Since moving to Central Victoria two years ago, Brian has engaged with the land management issues of his local area and the challenge of establishing sustainable small-scale agriculture with his wife on their own small block.  He enjoys the task of helping others discover their local flora and fauna and motivating community action for the survival of biodiversity.

Dominic Murphy has been appointed to the role of Sustainability Officer with the Hepburn Shire Council. Dom is a Mechanical Engineer and has been working as a consultant for 7 years, across a broad range of projects including infrastructure, renewable energy, agriculture, product development and manufacturing. The main focus of this role will be to implement projects that support the delivery of key activities under the Sustainable Environment pillar of the Council Plan (2017-2021). In particular, there will be a focus on projects that reduce Council’s emissions, as outlined in Council’s “Towards Zero Emissions Roadmap”.

Both Brian and Dominic work within Council’s Community and Economic Development department.

Photo – Brian (left) and Dom (right)

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