New appointments to the Zoos Victoria Board of Directors


The Victorian government has announced the board members who will oversee the important species conservation, protection and education work at the Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo.

The new council will oversee the delivery of the $ 84 million redevelopment to the Werribee Open Range Zoo, transforming the skyline with a tree-top Sky Safari gondola and ensuring the site becomes the main zoo in full swing. air from Australia.

They will also lead conservation efforts focused on combating wildlife extinction and continue to support efforts to rehabilitate and restore wildlife following natural disasters such as bushfires.

The Board of Directors will be chaired by Rebecca McKenzie, who is currently the Executive Director of the City of Glen Eira City Council and who has previously served a term on the Board of Directors.

McKenzie brings extensive expertise in local government and the public sector, with an emphasis on organizational development and major project delivery.

Tony Hallam has been appointed Vice President and is a very experienced executive in a wide variety of business and sporting organizations.

Greg Smith was reappointed with new members: Professor Anna Meredith, Dr Jennifer Beer, Marsha Thomson, Dr Teresa De Fazio and Vijaya Vaidyanath.

Board members bring extensive expertise in a range of important areas, including business and financial management, community relations, education, tourism, major project delivery, nature conservation and animal research, public sector governance, veterinary sciences and zoology.

The terms of the members will be staggered allowing the continuity of existing expertise and experience.

The appointments continue to meet the government’s goal of achieving 50 percent female representation on boards of directors with six women appointed to the board.

Three of the nominees have diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and one member is Indigenous, ensuring that diverse perspectives are taken into account.

Commenting on the appointments, Victorian Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said that “the variety of experience and backgrounds of the board members will provide invaluable leadership for Zoos Victoria ”.

Image: Rhinceros at the Werribee Open Range Zoo.

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