Council Members

Georgina Gubbins – Chair

Georgina Gubbins is a red meat producer, farming near Heywood and Hamilton.  She has a positive vision for the Food & Fibre sector, and is a passionate advocate for the Great South Coast Region, which is one of the more reliable farming regions in Australia.  She has had a number of industry sector roles and holds a Master of Agribusiness which she concentrated on the global red meat industry.

Alistair McCosh

Alistair is Director of the Warrnambool Campus, Deakin University and has responsibility for the provision of leadership and oversight of the operations on campus. Deakin has introduced a new Agribusiness course which is directly aligned to addressing one of the critical gaps identified in the Great South Coast Food & Fibre Action Plan, that of workforce development. Alistair indicates that Deakin is committed to working with communities to positively contribute to growth and sustainability and this fits perfectly into what are the objectives of the Great South Coast Food & Fibre Action Plan and the work it wishes to undertake to ensure our region has a long term sustainable food & fibre sector.

Basil Ryan

Basil is a fifth generation dairy producer, operating a farm near Warrnambool in partnership with his son, and was instrumental in creating the Great South Coast Food & Fibre Council.

He believes this Action Plan is a unique opportunity for the Great South Coast Region to advance the production of food & fibre for the benefit of all commodity groups. The resultant economic flow to residents and all communities will be a major boost to the whole area. Working together will create a pathway for employment and careers.

Liz Duncan

Liz has more than 20 years’ experience working in financial services in Australia, having led teams of Agribusiness providing finance solutions to clients involved in agriculture, post farm gate and the production of food, fibre and beverages. Based in Warrnambool for the past five years, Liz has recently started her own Agribusiness Consulting firm. With postgraduate qualifications in Agribusiness and being a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Liz has experience backed with a commitment to learning. Liz grew up in South West Queensland on her parents’ beef cattle operation. This experience influenced and informed her world view and leadership ethos – the challenges that face Australian agriculture and small businesses, combined with the importance of looking at the long-term while working to build sustainable relationships and businesses.

Marie Thornton

Marie has been involved in Agricultural production in this region since 1971 on the family property Mount Myrtoon near Camperdown. Having seen the resilience of this area overcome drought, low prices and numerous other challenges, Marie believes the opportunities  rapidly opening up into the future are a welcome sign for the primary production sector. The Action plan identifies cooperative pathways for the future around education, training and jobs and currently great progress is being made in those areas using regional talent. It is important to foster and maintain this momentum in a fast changing trade environment which is why the Great South Coast Food & Fibre Action Plan is so important for the region.

Michael Goldby

Michael Goldby is an owner operator of South West Farmers Livestock Pty Ltd, Parkview Limousins and A1 Real Estate Solutions.  He has been involved in farming all his life and in his roles as a livestock agent, stud cattle operator and real estate agent has gained a widespread reputation for his extensive rural-based knowledge, practical approach and integrity over some 30+ years.

Oonagh Kilpatrick
Oonagh was born & lived in Northern Ireland until 2006.  She boasts a 20 year career in taxation and trusts planning for individuals and small to medium enterprises, and from 2006 – 2011 lived and work as consultant with Saudi Arabia British Bank in Riyadh, specialising in project management, and training staff in customer service skills.  In 2011 she moved with her husband to run a dairy farm in the Great South Coast.  Oonagh is a United Dairyfarmers Victoria Policy Councillor for Wannon and Ireland Genetics Australian Manager.
Jane Young | Project Officer

Jane is a strong advocate for encouraging young people to seek out careers in food & fibre, promoting animal welfare and educating the wider community about the progressive nature of farming in the Great South Coast region. She and her husband have two young children and run a beef and prime lamb property at Macarthur.  She has a BA and Bachelor of Public Policy and Management (Hons) from Melbourne University, and has previously worked as Media Advisor to the Member for Wannon as well as running a freelance public relations business.

Jonathan Jenkin

Jonathan and his wife manage their 1000 ha Poll Hereford and composite lamb farm enterprise situated near Mt Napier in Western Victoria. Prior to returning to the family farm Jonathan had an extensive career in agribusiness, including roles with Ipsos Market Research, Syngenta and Kubota Tractor Australia.

In addition to farming, he also currently undertakes part-time employment within the Sustainable Agriculture team of Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (CMA). A core element of this role is working on new technology, innovation and sustainability projects.

Martin Clark

Martin Clark is Operations Manager for Australian Bluegum Plantations (ABP), his responsibilities include managing ABP in the Green Triangle along with stakeholder engagement. His objective is to plant, tend and harvest a sustainable, viable and renewable resource of plantations integrated within the region.

Martin grew up locally on a mixed enterprise farm west of Hamilton, where his interest in integrating strategic tree plantings within a working farm developed. He graduated with an honours degree in Agricultural Science, and, following his passion, became involved in primary production within the region. He believes that innovation, integration, engaging, educating and promoting the benefits and sustainability of our diverse primary production industries in the region is the route to a successful and sustainable future.

Jack Luxford

Jack is the NAB Senior Agribusiness Manager in Hamilton, growing up in North East Victoria. Jack’s passion for agriculture led him to complete a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics at The University of Sydney and forge a career in agribusiness. Over the past 10 years, Jack has held positions with multiple large agribusinesses up and down the east coast working with a range of different sectors.

Jack is passionate about giving people the opportunity to thrive in the food and fibre sector and sees being involved in a coordinated effort such as Great South CoastFood and Fibre as a great way to uplift the entire region. Given the plentiful water resources and strong brand, the Great South Coast is poised to take advantage of the current macroeconomic environment not only for current food and fibre participants but for future generations.