Skip to main content

Our Staff

Meet the Greater Sydney Landcare team

As a team, we are committed to our five pillars: flora, fauna, water, soil, and restoration. By focusing on these areas, we aim to make a positive impact on the local ecosystem and contribute to the sustainability of our community.

Local Landcare Coordinators

Local Landcare Coordinators play a vital role in enabling and coordinating Community Landcare groups and other environmental organisations. They empower Landcare groups to achieve their goals in alignment with program objectives and they support participation in Landcare by individuals and sub-groups.

Greater Sydney Landcare currently employs one part-time Local Landcare Coordinator with funding from Landcare NSW and the NSW Government.

Jessica Lumbroso

Streamwatch & Local Landcare Coordinator

She is currently coordinating the Streamwatch Program as the Local Landcare Coordinator.

Jess has a background in professional bush regeneration with 20 years experience of working on conservation projects. She also has a strong volunteering background with 20 years experience volunteering for her local WIRES branch and has been a passionate volunteer for Blue Mountains Wildplant Rescue Service.

Creating Canopies Team

The Creating Canopies Project is planting 200,000 trees over the next three years to increase our city’s tree canopy and green cover. Planting these trees will help mitigate urban heat, provide habitat for wildlife, and reduce carbon emissions.

Danielle Packer

Project Manager

Danielle Packer has had 3 years of project management experience undertaking numerous Landcare and other environmental projects with Greater Sydney Landcare, and Cattai Hills Environment Network. She has also worked for Ecohort, a bush regeneration company, and completed a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security.

Being enthusiastic about making environmental education a priority for the community and connecting them to nature through conservation works and other citizen science activities, she believes we can create a more sustainable future for generations to come.

Matt Keighery

Landholder Engagement Manager

Matt has been a bushcare volunteer for over 20 years leading a group in Willoughby and supervising another. During that time he has added a degree in Science (Plant Ecology), a Diploma in Conservation and Land Management to his cherished Bush Regeneration Certificate. He has worked for professional Bush regenerators and been on committees with Land Managers, Landscape Architects and others, improving the practical management of our Reserves and Parks for flora, fauna and people.

Esteban Zepeda

Natural Resources Manager

Esteban is the Natural Resources Manager on the Creating Canopies 2.0 team at Greater Sydney Landcare. After graduating from the University of Adelaide, Esteban began his career as a supervisor with the Green Army social and environmental outreach program, before moving into bush care coordination and commercial project management. As a passionate land management professional, Esteban’s aim is to continue contributing to the rehabilitation and regeneration of native ecological communities, whilst using innovative approaches to empower others to be able to do the same.

Bryce Doyle

Natural Resources Officer

Bryce has 15 years’ experience working throughout the broader horticultural industry as a Bush Regenerator, Bushcare Supervisor, Landscape Designer and managing a Landscaping business. He also has completed a Certificate 3 in Conservation and Land Management, Diploma in Landscape Design and is currently studying a Diploma in Conservation and Ecosystem Management. Bryce’s extensive experience has seen him work in many of Sydney’s unique landscapes and hopes to use his expertise to help educate local communities to regenerate Sydney’s amazing and diverse natural ecosystems.

Laura Parent

Project Officer

Laura has extensive experience in tree planting and environmental restoration, having worked in Shoreline Naturalization and Forestry in Ontario, Canada before moving to Sydney. She studied Ecosystem Management at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario where she gained a holistic approach to the management of human activities within ecosystems and sustainability planning. She has personally planted thousands of trees both in Canada and Australia and has experience in Australian Bush Regeneration practices.

Laura seeks to empower the public to become active environmental stewards of their properties and green spaces by providing tools, community, education, and hands-on experiences.

Melanie Wagner

Communications and Engagement Officer

Melanie is an experienced Communications and Marketing professional with a demonstrated history of working in the Australian environmental not-for-profit sector. She is skilled in copywriting, digital content creation, campaign management, and fundraising.

Melanie has over eight years of professional and volunteer experience in her field. She holds an MBA majoring in Community and Not-for-Profit Management. Her passion for nature and the environment is the driving force behind all her work.

Streamwatch Team

Streamwatch is a citizen science water monitoring program that enables community groups to monitor the quality and health of local waterways.

Jessica Lumbroso

Streamwatch & Local Landcare Coordinator

Mark Secombe

Streamwatch Coordinator

Mark has two decades of experience in horticulture and environmental education. Mark has developed and delivered syllabus-based environmental education programs for K-12 students, for subjects where water quality monitoring is a focus, including Science, Biology, and Geography.

Mark has also provided environmental education to volunteers from a range of diverse backgrounds and sectors. Mark previously held roles as Visitor Programs Coordinator – Education at Centennial Parklands, and as Environmental Education Coordinator at Sydney Olympic Park.

Southwest Sydney Koala Project, Cumberland Plain Restoration Project and Private Land Conservation Team

All three projects are crucial to improving habitat and land conservation across the Greater Sydney region.

Xuela Sledge

Koala Officer I Cumberland Plain Restoration Program Manager I Private Land Conservation Officer
Xuela has over twenty years experience in conservation that has mostly involved working with the community. She has been with Greater Sydney Landcare since March 2016 (but who’s counting…) and currently works on a number of projects for GSL:
1. Cumberland Plain Restoration Program (SOS funding)
2. Southwest Sydney Koala Project (NSW Koala Strategy)
3. Private Land Conservation – Macarthur area
You can read more about Xuela here:

Sophie Blair

Project Officer | Cumberland Plain Restoration Program + Southwest Sydney Koala Project
Sophie is a dedicated environmentalist with 3 years of experience working in the environment as a Bush Regenerator and Bushcare Supervisor. Sophie has specialised in regenerating the threatened ecological communities of the Cumberland Plain, and in engaging and educating volunteers on environmental matters through bush regenerative practices. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management. This has helped her gain vast knowledge in the areas of Australian plant and wildlife ecology and conservation of vulnerable species and ecosystems.
Sophie’s passion is to engage and raise awareness within communities on pressing environmental issues and support them in helping make positive change through eco-friendly and sustainable solutions.

Interested in joining our workforce?

When job become available we will post them on our LinkedIn page.

Close Menu
Verified by MonsterInsights