OzGREEN programs connect youth with communities to become leaders of innovative sustainable social change

Amy Denshire

  • published Facilitate a YLTW Event in Youth Leading the World 2021-03-03 13:57:50 +1100

    Facilitate a YLTW Event

    To achieve maximum national and international reach, OzGREEN trains local people to run YLTW in their own region.

    YLTW facilitator training is highly participatory, providing local people with the skills and confidence to run YLTW in their own region. To date, OzGREEN has trained over 1000 facilitators, sharing skills and experience gained over 30 years of delivering recognised excellence in transformative sustainability leadership.  Our two-day training can be attended in person or live-online.

    Key focal areas in the training include:

    • An overview of global sustainability challenges
    • How to measure an ecological footprint
    • Participatory leadership skills
    • Strategic questioning and deep listening skills
    • Visioning skills
    • Action planning and project management skils
    • Event management skills 

  • published Participate in a YLTW Event in Youth Leading the World 2021-03-03 13:43:23 +1100

  • published Sponsor a Resilient Communities Program 2021-02-25 20:44:25 +1100

    Sponsor a Resilient Communities Program

    Sponsor a Resilient Communities Program 

    Currently supported communities include North Bellingen, South Bellingen, Northbank Road, Gleniffer, Kalang (online), Thora/Darkwood, and Dorrigo. 

    If you are able to financially support the program in these locations, or you know someone who can, please contact Kathleen, Resilient Communities Project Coordinator, on [email protected] or (02) 5615 8108.



  • published Resilient Communities Program Overview 2021-02-25 20:15:19 +1100

    Program Overview

    Disaster resilient communities are those that work together to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.   


    Throughout our program participants:

    • Identify their local risks and threats
    • Voice their personal and community concerns 
    • Create a disaster resilient vision for their home and for their community
    • Brainstorm personal and community solutions that will assist disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery
    • Implement personal and community actions that build disaster resilience 


    Our seven program workshops cover the following topics:

    • climate change;
    • food;
    • water;
    • energy;
    • infrastructure;
    • economy;
    • ecosystem; and
    • health resilience.



    Resilient Communities is based on OzGREEN's Living Communities program. 

    Living Communities began in 2000 as a community education initiative of OzGREEN and Warringah Council to address stormwater pollution. Since then, OzGREEN has worked in partnership with organisations such as Sun Microsystems, AMP, AGSM, Allco, Dimension Data; Hurstville, Canterbury, Bankstown, Wollondilly Shire and Onkaparinga Councils; and trained over 200 community facilitators.



    If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen, Resilient Communities Project Coordinator, on [email protected] or (02) 5615 8108.

  • Faciliate a Resilient Communities Program

    Run and Facilitate a Resilient Communities Program

    Resilient Communities is a community driven program and designed for localities that:

    • are concerned about the increase in extreme weather events
    • can become isolated during natural disasters
    • would like to to build disaster resilience
    • want to participate in a program based on community driven solutions

    Resilient Communities uses OzGREEN’s award winning community action planning process to empower communities to implement plans that build community resilience.  OzGREEN targets communities that are in hazard risk areas and are especially prone to becoming isolated during a natural disaster such as a flood or bushfire.

    Resilient Communities adopts a community driven approach. Local facilitators are trained to deliver the program using OzGREEN’s award winning community action planning process that empowers communities to implement projects that build community resilience. 



    Resilient Communities involves seven community workshops over seven months which aim to inform, educate and empower the community to develop solutions that address threats to community resilience, such as:

    • climate change;
    • food;
    • water;
    • energy;
    • infrastructure;
    • economy;
    • ecosystem; and
    • health resilience. 

    Some of the climate change risks that are addressed through the program include bush fire, flood, storm, east coast low, heatwave, earthquake, landslides, drought and protection of community infrastructure.



    • Work with local people to understand natural disaster risks including those associated with flood, storm, drought, bushfire, health emergencies, damage to local community infrastructure, road access, community aid, and climate change.
    • Partner with local people and local groups who can lead change
    • Empower individuals and communities to exercise choice, take responsibility and develop action plans. 
    • Build community capacity for disaster resilience



    Register your Interest to become a Resilient Communities Facilitator by contacting Kathleen, Resilient Communities Project Coordinator, on [email protected] or (02) 5615 8108.

  • SUN 07 MAR 3PM | Treasuring Tarkeeth

    Grade 3 Walk

    Come and enjoy this lovely circuit walk in Tarkeeth State Forest - the play of afternoon sunlight dancing amongst the eucalyptus trees is truly enchanting.

    Trail Information  | Registration Form

    March 07, 2021 at 3pm
    $10.00 AUD · rsvp

  • published Bellingen Shire Bushwalks in Programs 2021-02-25 11:54:19 +1100

    We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Country on which we walk, the Gumbaynggirr people of the Gumbaynggirr nation.  We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

    Bellingen Shire Bushwalks provides opportunities for tourists and community to explore and appreciate Bellingen Shire's beautiful natural environment. We offer a variety of walks between 4 and 10 kilometres long that are suitable for most levels of fitness.



    Most of our walks are along NSW Forest Corporation fire trails and are graded either 3 or 4 using the Australian Walking Track Grading System. Occasionally we also walk through National Parks, Crown Lands and on private property when permission is granted.


    As a not for profit organisation, OzGREEN relies on fundraising to fulfill its purpose of empowering people to love and protect the environment.

    Our pricing for Bellingen Shire Bushwalks is: 

    • Individuals $10
    • Families (2A 2C) $25

    All funds raised from our walks will be used for local environmental activities, programs and events.  We're currently raising $500 for bushfire affected youth in Thora, Dorrigo, Billys Creek, Dundurrabin, Tyringham, Hernani and Nymboida to attend an overnight Youth Leading the World environmental leadership program at Cascade Environment Centre.

    If we have to cancel our walks because of bad weather or if you are unable to attend because something comes up we will give you a credit for a future walk.



    To book, we require all participants to submit a registration form and process their payment prior to the walk. If you don't have access to a computer, please call 02 5615 8108 and we will register you manually. Walks are capped at 15 people to ensure everyone has a good experience.



    OzGREEN works in partnership with local organisations that offer enriching opportunities to connect with nature.  We highly recommend Bellingen Nature Tours if you would like a deeply immersive and customised tour of Bellingen Shire’s ancient Gondwana rainforests.  Mark Graham is an experienced ecologist who will generously share his great knowledge and love for the wonderful Gumbaynggirr land on which we reside. To book one of Mark’s tours please visit Bellingen Nature Tours




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  • published 20210306 BSB in Bello Shire Bushwalks 2021-02-25 11:45:03 +1100

    Upcoming Bello Shire Bushwalks

    March 07, 2021 at 3pm
    $5.00 AUD · rsvp

  • published Donate 2021-02-18 13:13:13 +1100

  • published Eco Footprint in Educational Resources 2021-02-17 17:48:36 +1100

  • published Become a Member in Get Involved 2021-02-17 17:38:41 +1100

  • published Statement of objects 2021-02-17 14:54:59 +1100

  • published Rules of Association 2021-02-17 14:51:22 +1100

  • published Kathleen Hannah in Our People 2021-02-02 14:32:26 +1100

    Kathleen Hannah

    Kathleen Hannah

    Resilient Communities Coordinator, Tomorrow Changemakers Coordinator

    Kathleen is the Coordinator for two Programs with the OzGREEN team, the Resilient Communities Program as well as Tomorrow's Change Makers. 

    Kathleen’s passion for protecting the environment saw her complete a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology and Ecology and an Honours Degree studying the use of Chronomids as a biomonitoring tool for aquatic salinity.

    An interest and desire to inspire saw Kathleen graduate with a  Diploma of Primary Education and has since taught across both Primary and Secondary year levels.

    Kathleen has had the privilege of living, working, and learning in a number of Indigenous Communities across the Top End of Australia as both a classroom teacher in a remote community in the Kimberley and working in various positions for the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Education. 

    Kathleen’s motivation to reach out and assist the Global Community of women and girls in need saw her start up and coordinate a local chapter of 'Days for Girls', a volunteer based, not-for-profit organisation providing handmade reusable menstrual kits here in Bellingen.

  • published Judy Charnaud in Our People 2021-02-02 14:07:40 +1100

    Judy Charnaud

    East Timor Program Manager

    BSc (Geol) Dip Ed FGAA

    Judy has had an interesting and varied career including designing and implementing school and community education programs, working as a geologist with a large multi-national mining company, senior secondary science teaching and geology coordinator, costume maker for school musicals and Rock eisteddfods, community volunteer and bush regeneration work.

    Travel to places such as India, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran and South America and outback Australia really broadened her mind then marriage and two children put a stop to her wanderlust for a while. In 1999, needing a break from teaching, Judy decided to volunteer with OzGREEN and the rest as they say is history! She has since been involved in projects such as “Kids, Companies, Creeks”, MyRiver, YouthLEAD and the Great Eastern Ranges biodiversity corridor. Judy has been a committed environmentalist for many years winning awards for environmental initiatives during her teaching career, acting as Streamwatch coordinator, being a founding member of the Narrabeen Lagoon Committee and now working in the field of overseas aid and development.

    Since 2001 Judy has been Program Manager of the East Timor Project which has involved living and working in the enclave of Oecusse for seven months a year. The core of the project is Village Environmental Action Planning which is a community based, transformative learning program. Villagers are empowered to critically analyse their environment and livelihoods and design their unique, site specific vision to building a society which is socially and ecologically sustainable.

    In 2020, Judy was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to Timor Leste.


  • published Ali Thwaites in Our People 2021-02-02 14:06:19 +1100

    Ali Thwaites

    YOUth LEADing the World Facilitator & Coordinator 

    Ali Thwaites is from country Victoria and has a double degree in Arts and Asia-Pacific Studies at the Australian National University and a Masters in Primary Teaching at the University of Melbourne. Ali is passionate about empowering young people, working in international contexts, and working in environment and development spaces. Ali has taken her passion for young people an education into her teaching work, and has been teaching in Melbourne for the past two years.

    Ali's interest in international work began early on, as she was lucky enough to travel and live internationally from a young age. Ali has lived in India, Nepal, and Japan, and has worked with young people throughout Asia and the world. Ali has worked with youth-focused environment and development organisation since she was in high school, and continues to facilitate youth leadership programs in Australia and internationally.

    Ali is a qualified and experienced YOUth LEADing the World Facilitator at OzGREEN, where she has been working to empower young people to talk about and act on their environmental concerns for over ten years. 

    Ali is working towards a world where young people are informed, active and innovative voices in global decision-making. 

  • published Amy Denshire in Our People 2021-02-02 14:04:20 +1100

    Amy Denshire

    Bellingen Riverwatch Coordinator 

    B Design Dip Ed (Sec), B Design (Industrial)

    Amy Denshire is passionate about how effective communication can contribute to the change that is needed. Trained in Industrial Design, Teaching and Community Development, Amy brings experience in communication, marketing, community engagement, web and graphic design, grants and event management to OzGREEN.

    In her role as the Bellingen Riverwatch Coordinator, Amy is most proud of her work in collaborating with partners to provide regularly communication of the citizen science data to the community in accessible formats. 

  • published Anna Juodvalkis in Our People 2021-02-02 14:02:16 +1100

    Anna Juodvalkis

    Program Manager

    Anna works closely with government agencies, private organisations and individual donors to design and deliver programs that achieve positive outcomes for communities and the environment.

    Anna is a social scientist who is interested in global inequality, social policy, project management and program evaluation.  She is a University of New England Vice Chancellor Scholar and has studied the ‘Norwegian Welfare State’ at Oslo University.


  • published Anton Juodvalkis in Our People 2021-02-02 13:59:01 +1100

    Anton Juodvalkis

    Chief Executive Officer

    Anton has a broad skill base ranging from change management, project management, corporate governance, risk and compliance through to IT, accounting, business analysis, procurement, asset management, and engineering. He has worked in a diverse range of industries including the not-for-profit sector, local government, fast-moving consumer goods, telecommunications, print management, investment management, and manufacturing. 

    Anton is passionate about the health of the environment and what makes organisations successful.  For fun, he likes to explore natural areas and serve as a volunteer firefighter.


  • published Vanessa Moskal in Our People 2021-02-02 13:50:36 +1100

    Vanessa Moskal


    Vanessa is a Youth Leading the World Facilitator and has been actively involved as a volunteer with OzGREEN since 2008.  She currently works with the Australian Stroke Foundation as Community Engagement Coordinator NSW and ACT.  She has a BA (Political, Economic & Social Sciences with an Anthropology Major).  Vanessa was elected as an independent to local government in 2012, as a Councillor for Warringah, and served on the Social LRC for the Northern Beaches Council.  She has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation for Service to the Community by The Order of Australia and is passionate about community service.