About AMRCCE

Forest

Our community’s desire to reduce carbon emissions led to a 2010 Shire commitment to reduce carbon emissions from energy consumption.

To achieve this, it was calculated we needed to establish a grid connected 10MW clean energy facility.

AMRCCE is managed by a Management Committee consisting of Chair; Deputy Chair; Secretary, Treasurer and Management Committee Members. From time to time sub-committees co-opt additional persons to assist its activities as required. Current Management Committee Members were elected at our last AGM and are listed below. 

The organisation itself is entirely staffed by volunteers. As is usual in organisations such as ours, besides our regular volunteers many people have volunteered to make our activities possible throughout the year. We thank each and everyone of your valued contribution.

Jessica Worrall

Chair

Jessica Worrall has been a small business owner since 2000 initially as a grape grower, wine producer and then starting up and operating a cellar door.  Prior to moving to Margaret River, Jessica worked for 20 years as an engineer in Oil & Gas after obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) in 1986.  Jessica has volunteered in a multitude of community groups in a variety of roles and has experience in boards, in applying for and acquitting grants, to organising community events.

Lyn Serventy

Deputy Chair

Lyn Serventy BA, ABDB has worked as a teacher, Community Arts Manager and Lecturer in Viticulture. She served 11 years as a Councillor on the Augusta Margaret River Council including a term as Deputy Shire President. She brings a great deal of experience of working with the community of the Augusta Margaret River Shire to establish better ways of doing things both on-the-ground as a pioneer of organic viticulture, and in the planning arena through working at all levels of community, local government and Government to establish soundly-based sustainable planning.

Beth Dowling

Treasurer

Beth Dowling, B.Bus, CPA has lived in Margaret River since 1982 and worked locally as a public accountant and business adviser since 1993, retiring in 2018. Beth has been in the position of treasurer for several community organisations including Nyindamurra Family School (now Margaret River Independent School) and Margaret River Business and Professional Women’s Association. She served on the Margaret River Hospital Board as Chair and on the finance sub-committee.

Her life reflects a strong desire to maintain a sustainable lifestyle and the preservation of the natural environment.

Dr David Galloway

Committee Member

David works with his clients to create resilient
and sustainable projects. He has experience in sustainable design, urban and regional planning, placemaking, consultation,
governance, community development, issues management, environmental engineering, carbon projects, climate change
adaptation and mitigation, and natural resource management.
David has over 30 years experience in Australia and internationally working for government, industry, business, community
groups, NGO’s and individuals. He has worked in both regional and remote locations, and urban contexts.
David brings exceptionally high levels of design thinking and project management skills to projects. He works at the
interfaces of planning and design, community and environment, and business and innovation. By combining good business
acumen, quality science and a solid understanding of how to engage with the community he produces sustainable
outcomes.

David Hargreaves

Committee Member

David Hargreaves is a commercial lawyer with over 20 year's experience working for national and international law firms, and more recently, government.  David was quick to offer assistance when asked to be involved with the AMRCCE, and has been instrumental in assisting with legal and other aspects of achieving its goals.

Torben Grell

Committee Member

Torben Grell started his career as a plumber working with conventional and renewable energy systems. He became interested in renewable energy technologies in the early 2000s leading him to complete a Bachelor and Master degrees in Engineering - Building- and Environmental 

Energy Technologies (Fh Münster) focussing on heat reuse from industrial combustion processes, Biogas production and digestate treatment. He later worked on industrial energy monitoring to increase efficiency and minimise consumption. In 2019 Torben became a volunteer and then contractor with AMRCCE in the Z-Filter trial of effluent separation supervised by University Southern Queensland (USQ). Currently, Torben is doing his PhD in Carbon reduction and recycling from agricultural waste, investigates Biogas potential in the dairy sector and other industries and provides technical support with cooperation’s between research facilities (UWA & USQ) and Industry partners.

 

Augusta Margaret River Clean Community Energy is fully run by volunteers. We are currently in need of volunteer support in:

  • Technical expertise
  • Administration
  • Legal expertise
  • Financial expertise
  • Assistance with community events
  • Assistance with developing projects

If you are able to help in any of these areas, or have other skills you would like to offer, please sign up to volunteer here.