Our people


North Queensland Conservation Council is run on a day-to-day basis by a coordinator supported by a management committee and volunteers.



Crystal Falknau has been acting as co-ordinator since Russell Kelly's resignation late in 2017. Crystal hails from Toowoomba,where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Environment and Sustainability at the University of Southern Queensland. During her studies, she developed a passion for environmental advocacy and joined the environmental movement. In 2016 she, her boyfriend and their pet lizard moved to Townsville to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and natural beauty tropical North Queensland has to offer.


Previous coordinators, in the last fifteen years, have included Jeremy Tager, Carol Booth, James McLellan, Gail Hamilton, Wendy Tubman and Maree Dibella. 

Management Committee 2017-2018

wendy tubman 2017

Wendy Tubman - President

Wendy has a long history of involvement with the environmental movement in North Queensland, having been heavily involved with NQCC’s ‘turn-of-the-century’ Nelly Bay Harbour campaign, a founding member (and past President) of Magnetic Island Nature Care Association (MINCA), and co-ordinator of NQCC from 2011-16.  




Peter Hanley - Vice President

Peter Hanley has lived in North Queensland for more than 30 years. His interests include human rights, social justice, sustainability and community development, with a particular penchant for creative performances to educate and inform. Peter is also a convenor of the Amnesty International Townsville branch. Peter also writes a blog, "True North".

Lindy-2017.jpgLindy Collins - Vice President

As a long standing NQCC member and environmentalist, Lindy has been active in many campaigns over the years and believes that the NQCC has made a difference in raising awareness of the challenges facing the environment. She wants a future that is liveable for the next generations and lives according to sustainable practices. She is an artist and teacher, grandmother and animal rights activist.

Heather Laurie  - Secretary

Heather has been involved with NQCC for decades and has filled different committee roles over that time. 

Cam-Leitch-2017.jpg Cam Leitch - Committee Member

Cam has a passion for promoting an ecologically sustainable future for our (one and only) Earth and is particularly interested in working towards reducing our greenhouse emissions and keeping coal in the ground. Cam retired from his job as a structural engineer in 2014 and so he now has more time to devote to his other pursuits, including being an active member of the NQCC Committee which he joined in 2017. 


NQCC’s task would be harder without the assistance of many other volunteers. If you would like to offer your skills and join them for a short or long term, please click here.

We have a great team of about 20 volunteers who assist with events as they occur. We also want to acknowledge the wonderful contribution of regular volunteers:

Presiding over NQCC’s Public Fund are Mary Vance, Lindy Collins, David Kault and Wendy Tubman.

Malcolm Tattersall, Justin Lee, Shannon Hu - Website team

Ishani Sahama, Jayden Engert, Justin Lee - Research team

Sophie Thompson - Gardener

Eileen McGrath - Administration