Who we are



North Queensland Conservation Council is run on a day-to-day basis by a part-time coordinator. Maree Dibella has been Coordinator since April 2016. Maree has a Bachelor of International Studies and was previously a Green Army team supervisor.

Previous coordinators, in the last fifteen years, have included Jeremy Tager, Carol Booth, James McLellan, Gail Hamilton and Wendy Tubman.



Tyler Peirce is our Community Coordinator, taking on roles such as event logistics, community outreach and social media. Tyler is currently studying a Masters of Marine Biology. He joined the NQCC team in February 2017.


Management Committee 2016/2017


Gail Hamilton - President

Gail Hamilton has been an integral part of NQCC since 2008, having been president, secretary and coordinator over that time. Gail is an environmental engineer. Gail has run as a candidate in local, state and federal elections to encourage the major parties to adopt better climate change and environmental policies. Jardine and Acacia, Gail’s kids, have also been great supporters of NQCC, and you will see them helping out at various functions.


 Peter Hanley - Vice President

Peter Hanley has lived in North Queensland for more than 30 years. His interests include human rights, social justice, sustainability and community development, with a particular penchant for creative performances to educate and inform. Peter is also a convenor of the Amnesty International Townsville branch. Peter also writes a blog called "True North".

Amy Lamb - Secretary

Amy is a physiotherapist who has previously been involved with Lock the Gate and anti-fracking campaigns in the Northern Territory.

Vern Veitch - Committee Member

Vern frequently championed environmental matters during his time as the Deputy Mayor of Townsville City Council. Prior to becoming a Councillor in 2008, Vern was a Wetland Ecologist at James Cook University. Vern is currently the Chair of the Townsville Local Marine Advisory Committee, a voluntary community group that advises the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on Marine Park management issues.


Malcolm Tattersall - Committee Member

Malcolm has volunteered with NQCC since 2014, primarily working behind the scenes on our website. He is a teacher, musician, writer, photographer and blogger, and has contributed articles and photographs to a peculiar assortment of publications.


Heather Laurie - Committee Member

Heather has been involved with NQCC for decades and has filled different committee roles over that time. She is the proud owner of Olly the Activist Dog.

David Kault - Committee Member

David is a previous President of NQCC. He is a medical practioner and a statistics consultant. David loves the Australian bush and going hiking into the wilderness areas surrounding Townsville.

Presiding over NQCC’s Public Fund are Mary Vance, Lindy Collins, David Kault (past President) and Wendy Tubman.


NQCC’s task would be harder without the assistance of many other volunteers. If you would like to offer your skills and join them for a short or long term, please click here.

We have a great team of about 20 volunteers who assist with events as they occur. We also want to acknowledge the wonderful contribution of regular volunteers:

Malcolm Tattersall, Justin Lee, Shannon Hu - Website team

Ishani Sahama, Jayden Engert, Justin Lee - Research team

Sophie Thompson - Gardener

Eileen McGrath - Administration