North East WRRG Board Changes

Farewell to outgoing Directors

On 31 July 2018 the North East WRRG farewelled three Directors who have served on the Board for the last four years.

Appointed by the Minister in 2014, Mr Ray Park, Mr Danny Potter and Dr Timothy Clune contributed a vast range of skills that assisted the establishment of the North East WRRG and to deliver the North East Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan setting clear direction for reducing waste and increasing resource recovery in th North East region for at least the next 10 years.  We are very appreciative of the time and energy that the Directors provided to the organisation during their term.


New Directors

North East WRRG welcomes three new Directors Francesca Ciantar, Simon Kelly and Melanie Oke and the return of Director Anthony Griffiths to the Board. These appointments will take effect from 1 August 2018 until 30 April 2022.

Lead by Chair Veronica Schilling, Directors Alan Clark, Louise Perrin and Peter Olver complete the North East WRRG Board membership.

  • Francesca Ciantar – Francesca is a practicing solicitor based in Wodonga Victoria. Francesca has holds a masters in environmental science and environmental law and is the founder of the Plasticwise network that currently has over 19 branches across Australia and one branch in Gizo in the Solomon islands.
  • Melanie Oke -Melanie has been working to reduce waste and increase recycling for over 12 years. In her current role she coordinates waste and resource recovery policy and programs for the City of Melbourne, leading a small team and providing advice across the organisation. Prior to joining City of Melbourne in 2009, Melanie worked as an environmental consultant at Hyder Consulting and as a waste and litter campaign officer at Frankston City Council. Her undergraduate degrees in Science and Forest Science were completed at University of Melbourne and recently completed a Master of Management at Monash University.  Melanie grew up on a small farm near Beechworth and is looking forward to spending more time in the region as part of her new role as Director.
  • Simon Kelley – Simonis an Environmental Engineer, with a Masters in Economics. He has worked in the electricity generation industry for over 15 years across a range of roles, as engineer, economist, policy advocate and operations leader.  Simon has a long-standing interest in the resource recovery sector, starting his career in the late 1990’s consulting on kerbside recycling, landfill design and electricity generation from landfill gas.
  • Anthony Griffiths – Anthony is a director and former Deputy Chair of North East WRRG Board since November 2015. Anthony works for the Australian Tax Office and is also the principle of the family beef cattle enterprise at Greta West. Anthony has served three terms as a Councillor for the Rural City of Wangaratta, including being Mayor for two years. He is currently the Treasurer of the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program, the Treasurer of the Greta Valley Landcare Group, President of the Ovens Landcare Network and a Trustee of the historic Greta Cemetery.