Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

Connecting Country Staff

Chris Timewell (
Co-Director (Business Administration)

 Chris is a resident of Mount Alexander Shire and is an active member of the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club and Birdlife Australia.  Chris is trained as an ecologist and worked in the field of flora and fauna impact assessment for many years prior to joining Connecting Country.  Chris values his involvement with Connecting Country because it means applying local biodiversity values to his work with landholders, NRM groups and other interested members of the community, whilst also gaining new knowledge in a friendly atmosphere. Chris is in the office 3 days per week – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The main features of his role are to manage the business and administrative aspects of the organisation.

Krista Patterson-Majoor (
Co-Director (Project Management)

Krista has enjoyed working with the Mount Alexander community for over eight years – initially as Landcare Coordinator and then with Connecting Country. Her background ranges from leading Green Corps teams to social research in natural resource management, strategic policy, and implementing environmental incentives with the Victorian Government. Krista is in the office 3 days per week – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The main features of her role are to oversee Connecting Country’s programs and strategic planning.

Jarrod Coote (
Connecting Landscapes Project Coordinator

Jarrod is particularly interested in landscape scale restoration and revegetation. He has been involved in revegetation projects, pest control programs and indigenous land management. He has also worked for government agencies and non-government organisations in Victoria and in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Jarrod is a local, living at Harcourt with his family and dog – Mida.

Bonnie Humphreys (
Landholder engagement and on-ground work program

Bonnie Humphreys  joined the Connecting Country team as Project Officer in 2011. She grew up in Bendigo and Castlemaine and has completed her Diploma in Conservation and Land Management at the Bendigo TAFE. Bonnie has a special interest in native flora and weed ecology. Her current work includes on ground site assessments of landscapes within the Mt Alexander Shire. These assessments will help determine the best ways to protect and manage remnant vegetation.

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Woodland Birds Project Coordinator,
Community Engagement and Monitoring Program

Tanya is a keen field naturalist and ecologist with a particular interest in birds and bats. She has worked for state and local government in various biodiversity and native vegetation projects, and is thrilled to be working for Connecting Country as their Habitat for Bush Birds project coordinator. Tanya lives on a bush block in Porcupine Ridge with her husband, dogs and budgies, and she enjoys writing about wildlife watching and plant spotting.

Asha Bannon (
Landcare Facilitator

Asha is a local resident with a particular interest in wildlife conservation and community engagement. After completing a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Deakin she moved back to Mount Alexander Shire in order to study the local bird communities. Her Honours project focused on the relationships between birds and time-since-fire in Box-Ironbark ecosystems. Asha is a strong believer in the power of community groups when it comes to land management and conservation, and she is excited to be working with and supporting our local Landcare Groups.