Meet the Team

Wetland Revival Trust is a culmination of thirty years’ experience restoring wetlands and other habitats, 10 years of which have been in WRT’s project area of Northern Victoria and the wider southern Murray Darling Basin. Over this period Elaine and Damien have developed a detailed understanding of wetland condition and ecological issues affecting the area, developed relationships with local farmers and Traditional Owners, and implemented restoration projects in a variety of habitats covering over 1000 hectares.  

Staff

Damien Cook

Restoration Ecologist/Director

Damien Cook is the Director and Senior Restoration Ecologist at the Wetland Revival Trust. Damien has been a keen naturalist for 35 years and has developed a sound knowledge of flora and fauna ecology, identification, and habitat requirements. He is a recognised expert in wetland, riparian and terrestrial ecology, particularly in the factors affecting the establishment and management of aquatic and wetland plants, and the revegetation of terrestrial grassland and woodland ecosystems.

Elaine Bayes

Ecologist/Director

MSc, BSc (Hons), DipVET

Elaine has been working as an environmental scientist and ecologist since 1994.  Her main focus is on wetland ecology and management, frog and reptile surveys, fire effects in the Box Ironbark and Eltham Copper Butterfly surveys and protection. Elaine is an experienced environmental educator and developed the popular Wetland Plant Identification and Management course which is now run through WRT, as well as many other wetland related courses.

Bob Galwey

Project Facilitator

Bob has a background in landscape maintenance and has a degree in philosophy. He is passionate about the natural word and justice and equity for First Nations people. His work with the Wetland Revival Trust has involved supervising revegetation and other ecological restoration works, conducting vegetation mapping and fauna surveys and GIS support.

Jacqui Slingo

Project Manager

BForSc / BSc (Hons)

Jacqui Slingo has a monitoring and land management background. She has been involved in monitoring and restoration projects throughout Victoria and NSW with a focus on temperate woodland birds and vegetation. She has worked as a field ecologist with Australian National University monitoring including bird, reptile, mammal, and flora surveys and DELWP working with landholders to plan and implement on-ground restoration actions. She has experience applying Habitat Hectares methodology across bioregions of North Central and North East Victoria and worked in community environmental non-profits providing project management, GIS, and IT support.

Voluntary Committee of Management

Our voluntary Committee of Management advises the Directors of the Wetland Revival Trust to ensure transparency and management of the Wetland Revival Public Fund according to the purposes of the Trust, our mission and vision.

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Di Bowles

Committee of Management of WRT

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Kulja Coulston

Committee of Management of WRT

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Ian Higgins

Deputy Chairperson of WRT

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Aunty Marilyne Nicholls

Committee of Management of WRT

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Nick Witherow

Treasurer of WRT