Simon Hof

Position in the Sarsfield Community Association: President

Other positions/jobs you hold in the community: President of Sarsfield CFA. Engineer with DELWP.

Experience/area of expertise that I can bring to my position here: CFA experience. Being “in it” having had direct bushfire impacts at my own home. I hope I can help represent the community. I’ve been in Sarsfield for 8 years now and love it.

Why Sarsfield and surrounds is important to me: It’s a great location. The rural, natural aspect is a pretty special thing about Sarsfield. I think the people in our community are one of the reasons I like living here.

Why I joined the CRC: Through my work with community, it was suggested to me that I could do the role. It’s a once in a generation chance to make a change in Sarsfield so I want to help wherever I can.

“I guess I’m the guy who’s talking at these community events – that's how people would know me.”

Contact: 0472 838 149 | president@sarsfield.com.au


Scott Lamshed

Position in the Sarsfield Community Association: Vice President

Other positions/jobs you hold in the community: I work at TAFE Gippsland but don't have any other community positions at the moment, this one keeps me busy enough.

Experience/area of expertise that I can bring to my position here: Project management, ICT management, qualified sparkie & lift mechanic, permaculture designer. Oh and part time fencer, I’m now really good at fencing.

Why Sarsfield and surrounds is important to me: I grew up in the area and we have lived in Sarsfield for over 10 years now, building up our small hobby farm and gathering a menagerie. I love the natural aspects of the area and the growing sense of community.

Why I joined the CRC: We were really heavily impacted by the fires and I knew from my experience in other local community groups that the best way to make a difference is to get involved.

“In my spare time you can find me working around our property, gardening or trying to restore my pinball machines.”

Contact: 0432 046 625 | vicepresident@sarsfield.com.au


Jo Andrews

Position in the Sarsfield Community Association: Secretary

Other positions/jobs you hold in the community: I’m the secretary of the Sarsfield Recreation Reserve Committee of Management.

Experience/area of expertise that I can bring to my position here: I can assist with secretarial support and I have professional experience in natural resource management. I’m also a long-term Sarsfield resident. I have a strong background in waterway management. I live on the Nicholson River backwater. I love that connection to the water here.

Why Sarsfield and surrounds is important to me: It’s my home. I live here. I’m raising my family here. I grew up here. It’s close to my heart. I really appreciate and value the community. People are really well-intentioned and supportive and they look after one and other.

Why I joined the CRC: Primarily because I was involved in fire recovery from day one and I wanted to be able to support my community in their recovery. And I have that long-term vision to build a community, particularly for my young children, I hope they stay here in the future. I want to help build that sense of community spirit.

“I’m a beekeeper hobbyist. I harvest honey from it. I like insects, and this is a new opportunity and I get to work with family on something - I do it with my mum.”

Contact: 0408 386 184 | secretary@sarsfield.com.au


Rod Thomas

Position in the Sarsfield Community Association: Treasurer

Other positions/jobs you hold in the community: I’m a Civil and Coastal Engineer.

Experience/area of expertise that I can bring to my position here: President of three other committees in the area, the Sarsfield Hall and the Picnic Point Hall in Bairnsdale and the local Bairnsdale Citizens Band. I live in Sarsfield too.

Why Sarsfield and surrounds is important to me: It’s where I live. I’ve lived here about 10 years, I’m from East Gippsland, and I’ve been up here for about 30-odd years.

Why I joined the CRC: It originated out of the Hall Committee and we continue to work pretty closely together. It's part of the general recovery plans for the community.

“I play a lot of music around the area, I'm a trumpet player. I’ve been doing that for 60 years or so.”

Contact: 0419 305 379| treasurer@sarsfield.com.au


Jo Peterson

Position in the Sarsfield Community Association: Member

Other positions/jobs you hold in the community: I’m a registered nurse of 22 years with the BRHS - Maddocks Gardens.

Experience/area of expertise that I can bring to my position here: Along with my professional experience, I have experience assisting people in many areas and I’m empathetic and have a friendly personality.

Why Sarsfield and surrounds is important to me: I have lived in Sarsfield for 25 years and have raised four children in the area. As a family, we have a strong bond to Sarsfield and a desire to see the community recover and prosper.

Why I joined the CRC: With close ties to the community, our family want to see Sarsfield thrive. Like many, we were also impacted by the bushfire, we were fortunate that our house was damaged but not destroyed. Due to this, I felt the need to be a part of the recovery.

“When I’m not working, you can find me spending time with my family or in the garden. I’m still trying to replant lost plants and trees. I am also an avid reader, so I like to read novels and research issues that interest me.”

Contact: 0403 014 690 | committee1@sarsfield.com.au


Bob Carter

Position in the Sarsfield Community Association: Member

Other positions/jobs you hold in the community: I’m also a SES Volunteer and I volunteer with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria.

Experience/area of expertise that I can bring to my position here: resident.

Most of my life I was a secondary teacher in remote NT and Vic. And I have experience representing people and helping people with their problems as a union counsellor. I’ve lived in Sarsfield around 35 years and like many others, I was also impacted by the NYE fire.

Why Sarsfield and surrounds is important to me: It’s my community. This is where my children grew up – it's their home. I’m lucky that I have great neighbours here too.

Why I joined the CRC: I want to see the community not just recover, but also develop. In the days after the fire, the community organically responded, and people were making contact with residents and getting supplies out to people.

The CRC was originally based on the Recreation Hall Reserve Committee – it was an informal volunteer response. Getting the network going to get supplies out to people, that led to our Friday night feeds, which was about 6 weeks in a row of community dinners on a Friday night. I think that was highly important to bring people together. It was great to be a part of that.

"I like gardening, photography and spending time in the bush. I haven't had much time in the last 12 months because we’ve been cleaning up from the recovery, but that’s what I enjoy doing.”

Contact: 0455 119 763| committee2@sarsfield.com.au


Cathy McLellan

Position in the Sarsfield Community Association: Member

Other positions/jobs you hold in the community: Assistant co-ordinator for Fostering Futures for Kids in Farkwa- a charity which sponsors and supports kids in secondary and tertiary education in Tanzania.

Experience/area of expertise that I can bring to my position here: Retired hospital scientist and Laboratory Manager.

Why Sarsfield and surrounds is important to me: I helped build our mudbrick home here in the late 1980s and was very involved in the Primary school, 2 of our 3 boys attended. I helped organize The Back to Sarsfield held in 1988 and in collaborating on writing the History of Sarsfield.

Why I joined the CRC: Like most of the Sarsfield community 2020 I spent clearing and organising the rebuilding of sheds and fences, removing and replanting our property, now I feel it’s time to help the wider community rebuild.

"Gardening always has priority over cleaning!”

Contact: 0488 051 936 | committee3@sarsfield.com.au


John Kinniburgh

Position in the Sarsfield Community Association: Member

Other positions/jobs you hold in the community: I work in education and counselling, which includes working with men’s groups and families. I also coach sporting teams and am a volunteer broadcaster on local radio.

Experience/area of expertise that I can bring to my position here: I’m a total fire loss victim. We lost our homes, our sheds, our weekender. We were totally wiped out. We’re actually personally involved in the whole rebuild and re-establishing of our property. We’re still a while off, we’re planning to rebuild in the second half of the year. I can lend this experience to be a bit of a voluntary support for other members in the community.

Why Sarsfield and surrounds is important to me: I’ve been connected with Sarsfield for a long time. Over the last 25-30 years, that sense of community has changed. Unfortunately, I think it took the devastation of the fires to bring a lot of the community back together. It means a lot to me to have that back here. I've reconnected with people I haven't had a lot to do with over the last 15 years, we’ve become quite close, regularly communicating. I think it’s important for the people who are trying to recover because a lot of us need that connection. To be together and strong to support each other, if nothing else.

Why I joined the CRC: I was also a recipient of some of the support connected with the committee, like the Friday night dinners and the tool drive. During the annual meeting, I was on Zoom and thought about all the things that have helped me in my recovery and in that moment, I put my hand up to be a part of it. I hope to be able to give that lens and potentially give something back to continue to reignite the sense of community here.

“Since the fires, there’s a lot of work to do. I do like spending time with my wife and being able to relax on the property, look out at the view and listen to music or read a book. We haven't had a chance to do much lately. I’m interested in sport also. I might follow local sport as a spectator, I’m a bit old for participation now.”

Contact: 0409 551 517 | committee5@sarsfield.com.au


Phil Schneider

Position in the Sarsfield Community Association: Member

Other positions/jobs you hold in the community: I’m a retired Melbourne fire fighter.

Experience/area of expertise that I can bring to my position here: I have a first aid qualification, I’m pretty qualified there. It’s important to help the community out.

Why Sarsfield and surrounds is important to me: Full time resident for 3 years, been in the area a bit longer. I think it’s important to get people back on their feet after a devastating thing that we could do nothing about. You can’t do it by yourself, unfortunately. People need a hand. We have the ability to help so we get out there and do what we can. I like to get stuck in and do things, especially physical things.

Why I joined the CRC: There was a zoom meeting, my wife was on the hall committee, I thought I can put my hand up and do that. I’ve been on the Mt Hotham committee before, I was the maintenance man at the ski lodge. Every committee you go on is totally different. I think from my point of view, it’s about helping people who don’t know how to access things, it’s all out there, you’ve just got to know where and how to get it. The association allows us to be a bit of a conduit of information.

“You can find me walking around the streets with a white, fluffy dog, Aurora is very recognisable. I do a lot of fishing and skiing, and we have a little 8-acre farm, so that keeps me busy.”

Contact: 0439 411 914 | committee4@sarsfield.com.au