In early November at the BCLN AGM we thanked outgoing Chairman, Mike Cleeland for his years of service and welcomed our new Chairman Ric Oldham.
Ric first established his Bass Coast farming roots in Archies Creek in 1978. Ric is an active community member within the Bass Coast as a CFA volunteer, co-founder of the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and co-organiser the Crush Ice drug and alcohol community information and support program. He has been a member of the Bass Valley Landcare Group since its inception and held the role of president of the group for 3 years. As joint owner and operator of an Angus beef farm at Archies Creek for the past twenty years Ric and his wife Mez (pictured below) look to sustainably optimise their agricultural enterprise whilst protecting and enhancing their natural environment.
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As a professional civil engineer with a career spanning four decades, Ric has delivered major projects within the public infrastructure, mining, transport and telecommunications sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America. He is an experienced senior executive, recognised for values driven leadership, developing high performing collaborative teams and delivering exceptional innovative results. Ric hopes to translate his corporate skills and experience to further support like-minded passionate people doing great things to secure and enhance the natural, social and economic environment of the Bass Coast for generations to come.
Ric believes that, “Within the Bass Coast Landcare network, we have passionate people tirelessly doing exceptional things for our community. Our Land-carers have a strong sense of belonging, clarity of purpose, commitment and care who are united through our network that deserve the strong ongoing mindful leadership and support that has been the hallmarks of the network and member groups for decades. It’s a privilege and honour to join an excellent team and be part of something powerful, worthwhile and rewarding and continue in the traditions and the well-established foundations already admirably laid”.
We look forward to working with Ric into the future at BCLN.