Working to improve and sustain healthy productive landscapes in the ACT region.


Working to improve and sustain healthy productive landscapes in the ACT region.


Landcare ACT consists of a small team of part-time dedicated employees. 

Karissa Preuss – CEO

Karissa's current role as Chief Executive Officer of Landcare ACT builds on extensive experience leading community environmental organisations and programs. Karissa worked with traditional owners in Central Australia for many years in developing an Indigenous Protected Area and coordinating Aboriginal Ranger Groups. She was also the Executive Officer of Ginninderra Catchment Group for over 7 years and managed the Arid Lands Environment Centre and Mt Theo Program (now Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation).

Karissa grew up in rural Australia and has a Bachelor Arts, Bachelor Science and completed Masters thesis focussed on community environmental management. She is currently the Community Representative on the ACT and Region Catchment Management Coordination Group and represents the ACT on the Members Council of the National Landcare Network. Karissa is passionate about working with people in looking after country.

Karen (Kaz) Leary - Project Manager

Kaz has recently taken on the Project Manager role and has a strong background in environmental education and working with community environmental organisations and projects. She started her career in Canberra as a Seasonal Ranger at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and has worked with the Nyngan Rural Lands Protection Board, Landcare and the Lake Cowal Conservation Centre in West Wyalong. She has also taught high school and primary students in West Wyalong and Temora, defence personnel at RAAF Base Wagga, and more recently spent five years as Manager of ErinEarth, a newly independent, not-for-profit sustainability organisation in Wagga Wagga. 

Kaz grew up close by in Gunning and attended the University of Canberra. She is excited to have come full circle and to be back in Canberra working with Landcare.

Sally Holliday - Program Coordinator

Sally Holliday has joined Landcare ACT to deliver the new Recovery and Wellbeing through Nature program. She has strong experience in the disability support sector and has enjoyed working with clients to achieve their NDIS goals across a variety of settings. She is studying Transpersonal Counselling and Art Therapy through the College of Complementary Medicine.

Previously, Sally has delivered engaging public programs in some of Australia’s most reputable galleries, museums and festivals. She is a steadfast believer in the transformational and healing potential of nature. She documents her walks in the wilderness via nature photography and brings the beauty of the natural world into her personal wellbeing practice through the mindful art of basket weaving.

Julian Low - Finance Administrator

Since university, Julian has lived in the ACT and is well acquainted with Canberra’s Landcare community and its needs. Julian primary employment is with a business accounting firm. As the Finance Officer, he works part-time to ensure the accuracy of Landcare ACT’s financial data, providing financial and administrative support to the CEO and the wider team. Before joining Landcare ACT, Julian worked for a local catchment group.

Monique Brouwer - Communications Officer

Having grown up on a farm near Cootamundra NSW, Monique feels connected to the bush and the surroundings of her new home in the Molonglo Valley, ACT. As a marketing and communications professional, she understands the importance of celebrating community and individual experiences and achievements. Monique has extensive experience in marketing communications across every sector but is passionate about developing successful strategies for not-for-profits.

Monique works part-time as the Communications Officer with Landcare ACT and particularly enjoys sharing stories of community champions.

We acknowledge the Ngunawal people, who are the Traditional Landowners of this country and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay respect to elders past, present and emerging.
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