VSTWP Members

Meet the team behind the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party.

As committee members we represent stakeholder interests including landowners, researchers, and local government. Our role encompasses governance and oversight for VSTWP projects, working collaboratively with a diverse range of stakeholders to guide the implementation of the VSTWP Strategy. We are committed to reducing the impact of serrated tussock on Victoria’s economy, environment, and communities. Together, we can make a difference.

  • Lance Jennison - Chairperson

    Lance Jennison is a resident of Bacchus Marsh and joined the VSTWP in 2016 after 11 years as a volunteer and Deputy Chair of the Grow West implementation committee with responsibilities for creating major bio links, establishing healthy soils and waterways in the Upper Werribee catchment. Grow West continues enhancing the farming landscapes to reduce the spread of noxious weeds, improve landholder skills and protect profitable farm land. Lance continues leading volunteer planting teams within Grow West and across the Victorian Mallee.

    Lance is a member of Werribee Gorge and Long Forest Friends group and is responsible for managing their native plant nursery and supports weed removal programs; he is also a volunteer with the Friends of Werribee River. He was the inaugural Chair of Friends of Lerderderg Gorge. He is a Director on the Board of Bacchus Marsh/Bendigo Community Bank and Chair of the Governance and Audit committee.

    He is a consumer representative on a Western Health steering committee. Lance has held Director positions on Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority Board and has been a member on two State Environmental Advisory Councils.

    Lance manages a family property business and supports a family farm in East Gippsland.

  • Peter Lindeman

    Peter has been a member of the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party since 1998 and was Chair of the group from 2005 to 2008 and again in 2015.

    He has lived in the Barrabool Hills for 24 years, currently residing on a 70 acre property which has been set up for breeding horses.

    Peter is a rural property consultant for RT Edgar and was the manager of the Roxby Merino Stud and South Roxby property of 3500 acres at Gnarwarre from 1989 to 1998 which ran 10,000 fine wool sheep.

    He is an inaugural member of Barrabool Hills Landcare, Chair of Barwon Recreational Motorcycling, and Life Member of the Geelong Agricultural and Pastoral Society.

  • Marianne Gardner

    Marianne has a background in Agriculture, graduating with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Lincoln University in New Zealand in 1984.

    She worked for a few years as an Extension Officer with the Ministry of Agriculture. She grew up on a farm in an area of the South Island where Serrated Tussock (Nasella) is a significant problem.

    She met Lance Jennison through Bushwalking and expressed an interest in getting involved in the VSTWP. Marianne lives in inner city Melbourne and love getting out in the rural districts of Victoria. Her trips overseas usually involve walks in countries such as Spain and Turkey. Argentina might be next.

  • Lachlan McIntyre - Deputy Chairperson

    Lachlan recently joined the VSTWP to represent the Wimmera region and educate the community around the Ararat catchment. He currently works for Project Platypus on a number of project.

    Project Platypus was established in 1994 when it became obvious that the huge land and water degradation problems in the area were too extensive to be managed by individual landholders and Landcare groups. Project Platypus acts as an umbrella organisation for the eleven Landcare groups of the Upper Wimmera Catchment to deliver large scale projects.

    Lachlan manages a small farm at the base of the Grampians National Park and enjoys restoring the landscape he is managing.

  • Ali Bajwa

    Dr Ali Bajwa is a Senior Academic at La Trobe University in Melbourne where he is engaged in weed science and agronomy teaching, research, outreach and service. His research focus is on weed ecology, climate change interactions and integrated weed management. He has published over 60 highly cited scientific papers, presented at several national and international conferences and received many awards and distinctions. In 2023, Ali joined the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party to engage with the community in delivering positive outcomes for fight against one of our worst weeds. He brings a wealth of knowledge through his leadership of two major projects on 'Cooperative Management and Best Practice Adoption of Invasive Grasses in NSW'. He is keen to inform policy and help weed management by filling the R&D gaps. He can be contacted at a.bajwa@latrobe.edu.au

  • Joe Lesko - Treasurer

    Joe is a resident near Bacchus Marsh and has lived there for two decades.

    Over that time he has seen the devastating effect that Serrated Tussock has on native grasses and pastures and the result of its infestation if left unchecked.

    Joe is keen to lend his experience in dealing with serrated tussock over the past two decades and help the VSTWP on events and strategic direction.

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