Who we are

We are collectively passionate and experienced in town planning, architecture, teaching, the arts, and youth services.

As Woodend residents, we’re volunteering our time and expertise to see this project succeed. We are focused on working with the community to create quality facilities, infrastructure and services.

We are not-for-profit. Aside from covering operational costs e.g. this website or printing surveys or posters, we are not being paid for our time nor deriving any financial gain.

If you are interested in joining us and have experience that can assist, please contact us

The Volunteer Committee & Contributors (Alphabetical by Surname)

Adam BucholtzProject & Infrastructure Management for Docklands Precinct for City of Melbourne.

Joanna Caseylong time resident, with ties to the Shire through education and community involvement with her children who attended local schools. Joanna hopes to bring an older residents historical perspective to what she views as an exciting project.

Fergus ChisholmInfrastructure and procurement for major education sector institution. Committee member and Club Secretary, Woodend Tennis Club, involved with 2nd Woodend Scouts.

Don DrummondCommittee member and co-convenor Books and Ideas events the Woodend Winter Arts Festival. Member of the Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s Positive Ageing Advisory Committee. An Educational Publisher prior to retirement.

Sheila DrummondLiterary Agent. Committee and co-convenor Books and Ideas events Woodend Winter Arts Festival. Founder, committee member Friends of Macedon Ranges Libraries.

David Faggetter – Retired Architect, interested in sustainable design and brings experience in having worked with communities in Melbourne, London & Singapore. A particular interest in low impact design and designs enabling growth and change for communities.

Esther KayAn independent planner. Previously part of the Shire Community Reference Group for the 2014 Woodend Town Structure Plan and Neighbourhood Character Study. Involved in the 1999 and 2000 pre-Calder Freeway bypass initiatives. Member of Landcare and the Woodend and District Heritage Society.

Barry McDonaldPresident of Woodend Lions Club, foundation member of Settle Woodend and retiring teacher.

Adam NitschkeLandscape Architect, master planning & strategy for Parks Victoria.

Matt SandersonEngineering & project management for private sector consulting engineers, with experience locally and internationally in Afghanistan & East Timor with complex civil engineering projects.

Fiona Slechtena planner in both local government and the private sector. Past experience includes being a Town Planner with the Grampians & Macedon Ranges Shires.

Emma Tuck – currently President of Woodend Primary School Parent Teacher Association, previously involved with the committees for Woodend Kindergarten and Woodend Playgroup.

Jane Walduck –  Community organiser: founding member of Woodend Children’s Park and Woodend Community Children’s Garden. Parent Support Committee Chair, 2nd Woodend Scout Group.

Brad WelshWoodend business owner of Büro of Ideas, graphic design & brand strategy practice. Brad has worked closely with design projects for Woodend Children’s Park, Woodend Tennis Club, Woodend Primary School and Woodend Spokes of Hope.

Colin YeungBusiness operations for an architectural engineering practice. Previously founding & committee member MITCH – Music in the Central Highlands.

State of Victoria

Mary-Anne Thomas, MP Member for Macedon

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Jennifer Anderson, Councillor, West Ward
John Connor, Deputy Mayor & Councillor, West Ward