The Mittagundi Council are a group of passionate volunteers, working to ensure that Mittagundi keeps on providing programs well into the future.


What we do

It's the Council's role to uphold the aims of Mittagundi. These are set out in Mittagundi's Constitution. The Council's major role is to employ the Director and take care of safety, fundraising, community events plus much more.

Interested in getting involved?

If you'd like to contribute your time and expertise to Mittagundi we'd love to hear from you. Get in touch with Mike (Chair Person) chair@mittagundi.org.au for info.

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Mike Heffernan

Chairperson
Joined Council: 2002

I first came into contact with Mittagundi as a young fella in  1986. 10 years later in 1996  I was a Co-Director for 3 years.  What an incredible experience, that has changed my life for the better.  After leaving Mittagundi as a Director  I joined the Council somewhere between in 2002 and quickly became the Chair!  I still couldn’t get enough of the place.  Finally I decided that I should let someone else have a go and resigned the Chair role, however I am back again now!  I have been an Outdoor Education teacher and worked for rafting companies, however now I am a MICA Paramedic living in Bairnsdale

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Bruce Crosthwaite

Vice Chair 
Joined Council: 2010

Bruce was fortunate enough to attend Mittagundi as a young person and has since been passionately involved both as a staff and council member. He is a qualified lawyer practising in insurance litigation.


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Helen Collins

 

Honorary Solicitor
Joined Council: 2002

Helen was first introduced to the Victorian mountains on a Mittagundi course as a Year 9 student from CRC Melton. Helen has also been involved at Wollangarra including a stint as a staff member in 1993 and has been a member of the Wollangarra Council since 1996.

Helen has extensive remote area bushwalking experience, with young people and on private expeditions, in Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory and treks in Nepal.

Qualifications: BSc(Hons) / LLB(Hons) (Melb), LLM (ANU)

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Joe Seccull

Treasurer
Joined Council: 2015

Joe is a Partner at Perta Thomson Partners, an accounting practice with bases in Melbourne & Northern Victoria and is a qualified CPA. He is passionate about assisting with the growth and success of small to medium businesses and is also a lover of everything outdoors.

The combination of these two has bought him to this position and after being introduced to the organisation by a friend he agreed to take on the position of honorary treasurer and is looking forward to working with the rest of the council to steer the organisation into its next, and hopefully most successful yet, phase of operation.

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Greg Marks

Secretary  
Joined Council: 2000

Greg has a keen interest in outdoor activities including cycling, walking and travel, interests which are shared with his wife Dawn. He has been on the Mittagundi Council for over 6 years and is currently the secretary.

Involved in the finance industry for over 25 years, he brings knowledge of investments and business analysis.

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Richard Alder

Councillor

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Jo Brockwell

Councillor
Joined Council: 2000

I have been a member of the Mittagundi Council for over 17 years.

Important aspects in my life are respectful and genuine relationships, my family, meeting and working with young people, art and culture, skiing, bush walking and being in the outdoors. I simply love sharing and nurturing all these things and more! My career to date has involved working in outdoor education, student development, and health and well-being. Platforms have involved outdoor and environmental programs/ camps/ expedition journeys, leadership courses and bush adventure therapy. I am a registered VIT teacher and have 20+ years of experience in both the education and youth sectors.

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Anneke has a love for the outdoors which started at a young age through family camping trips and her school's outdoor education program.  After hearing only great things about Mittagundi whilst studying Outdoor Education at university, Anneke visited and volunteered on a program and the following year in 2013 she spent an enjoyable year as a program leader. Now a teacher; it is the Mittagundi community and the valuable experiences offered to young people from all backgrounds that has kept her involved ever since.

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James (Jimmy) Findlay

Councillor

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Brooke Hudson

 

Councillor

Joined Council 2017

Brooke was introduced to the outdoors through Mittagundi as a young person in 2009, in the following years she participated in many Mittagundi courses including Alpine Walk in 2011. 2013 was the year that Brooke worked as a staff member at Mittagundi and solidified her passion for the mountains and working with young people. Three years studying Outdoor and Environmental Education at La Trobe University has enabled her to base herself in Mansfield as an Outdoor Educator, working at local boarding schools, Timbertop and Howqua.

Brooke is strongly believes the mountains gives young people the time, energy and space to overcome challenges, which the lessons can be transferred into their everyday lives. She spends most of her time bushwalking, skiing and rafting in the Victorian High Country. Brooke is passionate about community, connecting with people and places and having fun!

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Jessica Birnaum

Councillor
Joined Council: 2017

I am a social worker / family therapist working at Very Special Kids - a not for profit organisation that supports families caring for a child with a life threatening condition. It’s the only children’s hospice in Victoria and we provide holistic care to all family members from diagnosis through to either recovery or bereavement. Part of my role at Very Special Kids has been to coordinate the Adolescent Sibling Support Program. We have forged a wonderful partnership with Mittagundi in an effort to help us achieve positive outcomes for these young people including an enhanced sense of self, through connection to community and the environment. I was a young person at Mittagundi back in 1993 and feel passionate about the philosophies underpinning this special place.