QMDC Executive Committee

QMDC is directed by an Executive Committee, made up of landholders, local government, industry and environmental representatives from across the catchments of the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin. These committee members represent all the member organisations of QMDC; these organisations are listed here.

To view QMDC's Rules of Association please click here.

To view QMDC's Strategic Plan please click here. 

Our Executive Committee: 

Noel Strohfeld OAMnoelstrohfeld1
Phone: 07 4697 8031
Email: nstrohfeld@bigpond.com

Noel is semi-retired from 30 years in Local Government including eleven years as mayor. He is a qualified Justice of the Peace and a Company Director since 1976. He is a Member of the Condamine Catchment Management Association (CCMA), Toowoomba Regional Council Biosecurity Advisory Committee, the SEQ Catchments Member’s Association, the South Myall Catchment Landcare Inc and the Highfields Pioneer Village. He is Chairman of South Burnett Community Enterprises Ltd which operates three Bendigo Community Banks and is Regional Chairman of the Bendigo Community Bank South West Region marketing cluster. Noel was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2015 in recognition of his service to Local Government and to the Toowoomba community.  He joined the QMDC Executive Committee in 2013, serving as Vice Chair, and was elected Chair in 2015.

Graham Cookegrahamcooke_headshot
Vice Chair
Phone: 0429 328 681
Email: homewardvale1@activ8.net.au

Graham and his wife live 5kms north of Jondaryan where they operate a mixed grain and grazing property. Graham was born and raised in the district, and spent several years living away with the Urban division of the Queensland Fire and Rescue (Emergency) Service. He retired in early 2014 after 36 years of service, including 20 years as the Area Director of the Dalby and Western Downs district. Graham remains a Volunteer with the Jondaryan Rural Fire Brigade. He is Chair of the Lagoon Creek Landcare Group, Chair of the North East Downs Landcare, Landcare Natural Member with Condamine Alliance, Chair of the Jondaryan Hall Committee, Mine Reference Group (New Hope Acland), Jondaryan Emergency Co-ordination Sub Group, Anglican Parish Council, and co-ordinator of the Oakey Show Society winter crop competition. Graham was elected to the QMDC Executive Committee in October 2014 and as Vice Chair in October 2016.

Joan White joanwhiteheadshot
Ph: 0428 151 142
Email: whitejoan27@gmail.com

Joan and her husband run a family property in the Texas District. She is a Councillor with Goondiwindi Regional Council taking care of the Rural Services and Community Facilities (other than sport & recreation) portfolios. She has engaged in Aged Care (Cert IV AIN) and is a qualified Justice of the Peace. As a Mayor of the former Inglewood Shire Council, Joan is passionate about politics and making a difference. Joan was elected to the QMDC Executive in October 2016 and as Treasurer in October 2017.

Malcolm Martinmal_martin
Phone: 07 4688 1288
Email: malcolm.martin@daff.qld.gov.au 

Malcolm and his family moved to Toowoomba in 1997 working with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries (DPI), now Department of Agriculture and Fisheries ‘DAF’. Malcolm has dedicated his work time to advancing sustainable agricultural industry growth across a number of industry sectors. He has been connected via working roles with Landcare groups and regional NRM groups for over 25 years and has had a number of departmental role changes in his 30+ year career with DPI/DAF. He has run numerous community engagement projects and has run successful Rural Water Use initiative programs in the QMDC region. Prior to joining QMDC as a representative for QDAF’s South Region, Malcolm was QMDC’s liaison with QDAF on a regional level for 10 years. Malcolm was elected to the QMDC Executive Committee in December 2014. 

Teresa Allen
Member & Company Secretary
Ph:07 4623 2671

teresaallenheadshotEmail: navenvale@bigpond.com

Teresa Allen is a business manager, wife and mother who passionately believes in ‘Creating our Future Together’. Teresa grew up in the South Burnett on her family’s farming/grazing property, gaining education and training in the banking sector. In 1983, Teresa and her husband Don purchased their first property and 100 breeders. In 1996 Teresa was appointed to the Government’s Council for Rural and Remote Communities  and in 1996 and 1997, was Queensland’s nomination for the Nuffield Farming Scholarship. In 1998 Teresa won the Australian Rural Leadership Scholarship and was sponsored by the Federal Department of Agriculture. Teresa joined an agri-political organisation and held a Director position for 25 years chairing committees at a local, state and national level. Teresa involved herself in local community projects, chairing the 2004 Kingaroy Meat Profit Day. Teresa was part of the Seminar’s Committee for Beef 2006 and part of Beef 2009. She has chaired the annual Red Meat Awards at the Brisbane Exhibition. In 2001, Teresa’s family purchased another grazing property in Western Queensland where they live today. Teresa was elected to the QMDC Executive Committee in October 2016.  

Ian Whanimg_9830cropped
Darling Downs Environment Council 
Ph: 0412 473 202
Email: ian@allianceresourceeconomics.com 

During a professional career spanning more than 40 years, Ian has worked as an agricultural and natural resources economist, mainly in Queensland, but also interstate and overseas. Much of his work focused on application of economic principles to choices that affect the public good. For the purpose of assisting with community consultation and high-level decision making around regional development, Ian has experience in scenario analysis, cost benefit analysis, economic impact and factor pricing, and benchmarking. He now lives on a small farm in the Felton Valley where he remains active in community activities and Landcare. Ian is president of the Friends of Felton and secretary of the Felton Hall Association. Ian was appointed to the QMDC Executive Committee in May 2017.  

Kevin Charlesworth
Ph: 0419 734 586
Email: charlie0030@gmail.com kevincharlesworthsmlv2_sml

Kevin has been involved in farming since a very early age, retiring in June 2017. He had 16 years experience as an Agricultural Machinery Designer with Gyral Implements, and in 2012 was employed by Conservation Farmers Inc (CFI) as the Regional Landcare Facilitator for the Condamine Catchment. He had previously been a CFI member, serving as a board member for four years. Kevin has a passion for community work and has 24 years experience in numerous roles within the Queensland Parents and Citizens Association including as Vice President (six years). He was the Chair of both the King’s Creek Water Advisory Committee and the National Heritage Trust Ryeford Flood Plain Project.

Kevin is a member of the Condamine Catchment Management Association, the Clifton Allora TopCrop Group, Chair of the Australian Sunflower Association, and Vice President of the Australian Oilseeds Federation. He has always had an interest in agriculture and the environment and hopes that as a Member of the QMDC Executive Committee, he can help improve agriculture in the region, aid the rural community and assist in improving the environment. Kevin was elected to the QMDC Executive Committee in October 2017.  


Teresa Allen

Company Secretary

Phone: 07 4637 6200

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