Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group

The inaugural meeting was held in Peppermint Grove Beach on 23 January 2018. The meeting resolved to create an incorporated, Not-for-profit organisation with the name 'Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group'.

On 26 February 2018, a public meeting was held at the Capel Country Club to inform the community of our aims and for the purpose of gaining public support and membership. A subsequent public meeting was held on 11 April 2018 in Busselton. 

The Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group was officially incorporated on 14 March 2018 - Registration number A1024024R and ABN 16 979 225 751. We are registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Committee activity reports

Evelyn Taylor
Evelyn has a deep passion for nature, plants in particular, brought about by walking through a track defined by rags tied to bushes for a two and a half mile trek to school through the virgin forest in Nannup.

Evelyn married a forester and was stationed in Nannup, Busselton, Harvey, and then Perth. During this time she took a great interest in the natural environment. She worked for several years in Occupational Therapy while raising a family. In 1979 Evelyn started a successful business in food and then several businesses in the Claremont CBD employing a total of 20+ staff.  At this time Evelyn was heavily involved with the Claremont Business Association, as vice president, for several years.  Evelyn was at this time the Business representative on the Claremont council planning committee and invited to become the first female member of Rotary. Unfortunately, Evelyn's husband contacted a brain tumor in the early 90s and sadly passed. Evelyn was still running the company, remarried and spent most of the next 10 years in France. Reliable staff continued to run the retail outlets

In 2002 Evelyn returned to Perth, purchasing a property on the Capel River where Evelyn and her husband created a sanctuary for birds, native animal and plants while also being and active member of the Capel Land Conservation District Committee and the Capel Garden club.

Evelyn is committed to, and in fact feels an obligation, driven by a passion for nature, to engage with community to restore the Tuart Forest.  The heritage listed Ludlow Settlement provides a focal point and a visible entrance to achieve this. 

Vice President
Des Donnelly
Des started work in the timber industry in 1955 and then joined the Forests Department as a forestry cadet in 1959. He gained experience in all aspects of forest management throughout the south west of WA. In 1972 Des was promoted to District Forester at Ludlow. There he successfully established tuart seedlings, ceased tuart timber harvesting in the tuart forest and finally closed the tuart sawmill in 1975.

In 1976 Des was promoted to Chief Utilisation Officer in CALM specialising in plantation softwood utilisation, research and development. He played a key role in the introduction of softwood house framing and power poles into WA.

After leaving CALM in 1996 Des set up a saw mill in Capel cutting salvaged tuart logs. Since retiring in 2007, Des has maintained his passion for the Tuart Forest through active community involvement. He brings to the Ludlow Tuart Forest restoration Group a wealth of knowledge and experience in Forest Management. Being a former resident of the Ludlow Settlement, Des is committed to its restoration. 


Lyn McMahon
Lyn has had a work life of Office Administration in local government, private enterprise and family business. She is very active in the community and currently the President of the Garden Club and the Art Group, secretary and past treasurer of Capel RSL. Lyn provides a wealth of experience in managing a not-for-profit organisation. She has lived in Capel for over 20 years and is passionate about gardening and nature.

Tonina Pinneri

Holger Topp

Holger is a Civil Engineer with life membership to the Institute of Engineers Australia. He spent most of his career in the mining industry on site and in corporate roles. Holger’s special area of interest was rehabilitation both here in Australia and in the US. As a result of a “tree change” Holger and his wife live on small acreage on the Capel River.

Lesley Culleton

Carol Walpole
In addition to raising a family, Carole spent over three decades as a midwife and neonatal intensive care nurse, caring for preterm and ill newborn babies. Carol has always had a strong interest and involvement in community affairs and activities, and wishes to contribute to preserving the environment for her grandchildren and future generations. She currently has a most active role with Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group as the facebook administrator.

Ian Walpole
In his previous working life of over four decades, Ian was occupied as a medical practitioner, academic, researcher, departmental head, amateur ethicist and finally a consultant clinical geneticist for over twenty years. He is a lifetime member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Ian has had a lifetime interest in environmental issues, outdoor activities and supports a number of relevant active interest groups.

Kerri Rankin

Nick Hornibrook

Pat Worrell
Pat is a retired teacher who taught in Meekatharra, Republic of Nauru, Port Hedland, Bunbury and Capel. In Port Hedland she met and married her late husband who was a tug Master. Together they established a boarding kennels and cattery which they maintained along with their other careers. Len retired and they moved to the Capel area in 1991 to 40 acres on Goodwood Road where they established an apple and plum orchard. They moved into Capel townsite in 2006 after selling the orchard.

Pat is a keen gardener establishing gardens in the many different places she has lived. While her children were growing up, Pat was a committee member of the Capel Horse and Pony Club and on the Equestrian centre committee.

At present she is a member of the Capel Garden Club, the Capel bowling club and the Bunbury Bodacious Belles Red Hat Group. Pat keeps fit and active doing Pilates and Tai Chi so she can enjoy garden trips around the world seeing how other countries are beginning to preserve their precious forests.

Kathy Rutgers

Bill Biggins
Bill has an affinity with the open air and community service having been youth member and more recently, a District Commissioner with the Scout Association of Australia. He is a current committee member with the Capel Land Conservation District Committee. Bill has trade qualifications as an electrician and electronics technician and has held various roles in service and sales management, providing commissioning and technical support for industrial automation products and systems. His Ludlow responsibilities include the management of the group website.

There are currently 450 financial members

Thankyou & Donation List

Capel & Busselton public meetings
Capel Country Club, Busselton Seniors Club

Regular committee meetings
Dianne Cronin, Capel Senior Citizens

Ludlow Centenary Celebration supporters
Ray Holt, John Moaghan, Andrew Mykytiuk, Lesley Culleton family, Boreham Valley Nursery, Tintuppa Nursery, Boyanup Botanical Nursery, Capel Garden Club, Mary (Myfanwy) Evans, Lesley Bell, Lesley Jacks, Cheryl Campbell, Busselton Dunsbrough Environmental Group, Debbie Teale, Pat Sharpe, Capel Yoyful Patchwork Quilts, Daphane Gillard, Reena Lee Harwood, Teapot Farm - Sarah Evans, Cath Millar, Brian Golding, Busselton Wood Turners, Busselton Blacksmiths, Veteran Car Club (Busselton), Indian Harley Club (Bunbury), Capel, Peppermint Grove Beach & Busselton Art Groups, Busselton Lions Club, Thoroughfare17, Well Dressed Potato, Combi Coffee.

Sponsors & Contributors
Capel Fresh IGA, Officeworks, Bendigo Bank, Capel RSL, John & Gabby Cross, City of Busselton, Brian Fisher, Busselton Lions Club, Patricia Negus, Dr P Wallace, Ian Sharpe, Sandy Mills.

Sandy Mills (Donation of painting for raffle), John Cross (Removal of asbestos at Ludlow Mill site), Alison Cassernet & Cheryl Campbell (Busselton Dunsbrough Environmental Group for research & information), Capel Library (Research & information), Busselton Library (Research & information), Bunbury Community Radio 103.7 - Geoff McNish (Information program and advertising), Boyanup Botanical (Donation of native plants), Forest Adventures - Brian Brown (Ludlow site support), Libby Metam (Local Member), Mick Murray (Grant support), Nola Marion (Grant), Steve Dawson, Peter Kitchen, Busselton Lions Club (Donation), Lorry Gutheridge & Family (Mill site cleanup), Peter Rutgers & family (Bobcat for mill site cleanup), Cristal Mining - Peter Overton (Tuart seed donation), Forest Products Commission (Grant), Peppermint Grove Beach Bulletin (Advertising), Capel Courier (Advertising), Dalyelup/Gelorup Gazzette (Advertising), Paul (Bamboo for bee hotels), Ian Bessell-Browne (WSG Sign Services).


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