Liz Leyshan - Director

Photo by Mark Lobo

Photo by Mark Lobo

Liz Leyshan began her position as the Mittagundi Director in January 2014. Mittagundi is a place Liz was introduced to by a relative in the late 1980’s. Prior to her appointment as Director Liz has helped Mittagundi at various times since the mid 1990’s.

Her experience and skills have been shaped by her experience in outdoor education and conservation management. 

She has worked at various commercial and not for profit organisations and camps including Wollangarra, The Crossing, Coastlife Adventures, Conservation Volunteers Australia, NPWS and Kindilan OEC. Liz has a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation (with various activity specialisations) and a Degree in App Sc Parks, Recreation and Heritage. Liz’s experience and skills have been extended by actively working on boards such as The Crossing Land Education Centre, The Australian Camps Association and membership with community organisations like SES, CFA and the Victorian Ambulance service. Liz is a community orientated person always working towards expanding the Mittagundi community. Most importantly she is excited to share her skills, knowledge and experiences by living and working with our staff, volunteers, young people, MG council and you the MG community.

Alli Walker  

Bookings & Communications Manager

Alli Walker Bookings and Communication

Alli is based in Mansfield and manages all the enrolments, social media & relationships with school and community groups for Mittagundi.

Alli has a background in Health, Education, Tourism and Events.  Alli has a Diploma in Tourism & Events and a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education and Training amongst her qualifications. She loves living in the High Country and is a keen skier during the winter (both downhill and cross country) and is a swim coach during the summer months.  As the mother of two teenagers, Alli enjoys spending time in their beautiful "backyard".  


Teresa Petersen - Program Manager

Tree first stepped onto Mittagundi soil as a young person herself when she was 16 on Rotary exchange from Denmark. Yes, Tree is Danish and is the staff member who is living furthest away from home, although you cannot tell because her Aussie language and slang is on point. Since coming to Mittagundi as a young person she has completed an Outdoor Education degree worked with youth at risk, worked as a rafting guide in Norway and competed in whitewater sports races. She has tried the odd office job here and there, but there’s way not enough fresh air and the gossip was too much to bear. Tree’s roots are certainly in the outdoors. Her passion for the outdoors and for rafting and sledding is infectious. When she has a spare moment, she enjoys a cup of herbal tea and having a strum and a sing on the guitar. We look forward to sing-along sessions with you and for you being our shining program manager. Welcome back to MG Tree. 

Program Leaders

Ruby Huzzey

Ruby came to Mittagundi after volunteering in the NT. 

Ruby likes stationary, labelling, muesli, friendly cows, funky woollen gear store jumpers, her pet sheep Micah, avocado, yoghurt, cheese making, being in the outdoors, Akubras, climbing mountains, chainsaws, letter writing, DIY, horses, chooks, haircuts, riddles, the beach, road trips to Wollangarra, masking tape, violin, life, savoys, 1kg tubs of hummus, the NT, driving, her family, tea, Mittagundi, “so good”, mornings, dangly earrings, overalls, cool leaves, Paul Kelly, Knitting and Singing Maetrio lyrics.

When she Finishes Mittagundi she hopes to become a truckie and drive through every state in Australia.

Anna Turner

Rough Ridin’ Jillaroo, Dung Beetle enthusiast, horse whisperer, a friend of vegetables and people.

Grown and raised on the Mornington Peninsula, in Brazil, and in England, Anna studied Animal science in Wagga Wagga and has since been up, down and all around our continent; jillarooing, WWOOFing, working and learning. She comes to Mittagundi fresh from market gardening near Coffs Harbour NSW. Anna brings with her a wealth of knowledge about all things green and/or neighing and much in between.

Anna is part of the Mitta crew for the three sweet months of Autumn with the principle goal to challenge, support and encourage the learning of… our two horses; Locky and Samson… as well as all our young people! Continuing the work of Hannah and Mon last year, Anna has already got our up-and-comer Locky-horse carrying bags, crossing creeks and planning his first high country journey. 

Anna’s down to earth nature and easy presence are a gift, no wonder the horses do what she tells them!



Adam Smith

Meet Adam, he came to MG as a young person from Northcote, Melb and just couldn’t stay away. He later came back for a winter program, woodchop and garden party and the 2015 Alpine Walk. Adam loves working in the garden, baking bread, caring for the animals and eating vegemite. In 2016, Adam went backpacking in Africa, Morrocco, Europe, India and Japan after saving some money working as a brick layer’s laborer in Melbourne. Adam is super enthusiastic about his year at MG and hopes to build new skills around the property and in leadership. Thanks Adam for being so awesome!




Felix Arnold

As the morning sun comes over the knocker, you will find Felix energizing his long legs, luscious lashes, and locks with chi gong. Warm, gentle, wise and beardy, our residential garden guru is always up for a chat, whether that be to himself, the tomatoes or his loving team members. Fresh from a year studying environmental sciences and arts at Monash University in Melbourne, “Flex” is very passionate about interior designing, especially of his room, but he’ll never admit that to anyone. He is the source of the late night hammering and wafts of incense burning floating through the valley. 

The team like to think or Felix as our experimental chef, adding comfry and coriander seeds to any meal he creates, but somehow always managing to present a beautifully flavorsome dish. Felix has a love for growing vegetables, eating vegetables and even vegetable growing impersonations. His perspectives on the world, a talent on the guitar and enthusiasm for getting projects underway never stop him from sitting down for a cuppa and a slice of cake, but make him a joy to have on the team.Thank you, Felix, for coming to Mittagundi!

Meet the Team L- R Anna Turner (Horse Handler until June ), Ruby Huzzy, Adam Smith, Felix Arnold, Jacksie Edwards and Teresa Petersen (Liz Leyshan in the front)

Meet the Team L- R Anna Turner (Horse Handler until June ), Ruby Huzzy, Adam Smith, Felix Arnold, Jacksie Edwards and Teresa Petersen (Liz Leyshan in the front)