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.

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 Pest Management Committee, the SEQ Catchments Member's Association, the South Myall Catchment Landcare Inc and a member of Highfields Pioneer Village. He is on the SEQ Catchments Planning and Investment Advisory Committee and is Chairman of South Burnett Community Enterprises Ltd which operates three Bendigo Community Banks. Noel is a former zone chairman of the CRT Group, President of Darling Downs Local Government Association, President of South Burnett Local Government Association and a member of several State Government committees. He was appointed to the Executive in 2013 and appointed Chair in October 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 on October 3, 2014.

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

Malcolm and his family were transferred to Toowoomba from Central Queensland in 1997 working with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries (DPI) now Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). Malcolm has dedicated his work time to advancing sustainable agricultural growth and prosperity across a number of industry sectors. He has been involved with regional NRM groups as a departmental representative for much of this time in Toowoomba and has had a number of role changes in his 28-year career with DPI/DAFF. Malcolm is Manager for Industry Development at QLD DAFF Toowoomba. His family had grazing interests in the Northern Territory and the North Burnett. He has run numerous community engagement projects and has run successful Rural Water Use initiative programs in the QMDC region. In his spare time he runs the rails as a "rail enthusiast" and previously spent four terms as director of DownsSteam, Toowoomba. Malcolm was elected to the QMDC Executive Committee in December 2014.


Lloyd Harthlloyd-harth
Ph: 07 4626 5410
Email: teddington2@bigpond.com 

Lloyd's family has run a mixed farming and grazing property on the Balonne River south-west of Surat for 45 years. Lloyd re-joined the QMDC Executive in 2011. He was the first ever Chairman of the Maranoa-Balonne Catchment Committee and has served on that organisation's Executive since 1992. Lloyd has an extensive history of community and industry involvement including: seven years as a CAC member to the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council, seven years as member for the South West on the Natural Heritage Trust Regional Assessment Panel, and six years as a member of the AgForce Southern Inland Ministerial Rural Fire Council, Surat Bowls Club, Maranoa Divisional Bowls Association, Maranoa/Warrego District Bowls Association and Bowls Queensland State Council. Lloyd was elected as Treasurer in 2013.


Jane Maudsley
Ph: 07 4623 1585
Email: nalpadownsgrazing@bigpond.com

Jane and her family are EU & PCAS beef producers on the far western edge of the QMDC catchment area, west of Mitchell. They also produce grain and forage cropping and have converted to an organic production system. Jane is passionate about land management practices based on evidence and science that conserve a balance of natural resources with ecological sustainable agricultural production. Whilst she is committed to providing appropriate transparent governance and accountability, her priority is to ensure on-ground issues and landholder engagement opportunities are at the forefront of any programs.

Her involvement with sustainable land management began as a member of Mitchell & District Landcare in the late 1990’s. Her journey started with Holistic Management Training, followed by completing the Sub-catchment Planning process, whilst being involved in various biodiversity studies and pest and weed programs. Their enterprise has been a member of the Australian Land Management Group (ALMG) and has implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) plan. She has completed the Grazing Best Practice Management (BMP) program and is upgrading on-farm systems to strengthen practices in areas including property mapping, forage budgeting, land condition and ground cover monitoring and on farm biosecurity.

Jane was elected to the QMDC Executive Committee in November 2015.


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. In recent years she has engaged in Aged Care (Cert IV AIN) and has become a Justice of the Peace (Qual). 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.


Teresa Allenteresaallenheadshot
Email: navenvale@bigpond.com

Teresa was was elected to the QMDC Executive 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 is a member of the Darling Downs Environment Council. Ian was appointed to the QMDC Executive in May 2017.  

Janelle Mohr
Company Secretary
Phone: 07 4637 6281
Email: Janellem@qmdc.org.au

QMDC Administration and Finance Manager Janelle Mohr was appointed Company Secretary in June 2012.

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