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Brett McGennisken

Brett is a forester by training and spent the first 12 years of his working life in the plantation forestry industry, primarily in research roles. As may be expected, weeds were a prime focus for pine and eucalypt plantation establishment across Victoria and leading on from the research work that Brett conducted he moved into more specialised R&D roles with the pesticide companies Macspred and then Nufarm.

After 20 plus years of dealing with 'unnatural ecosystems', Brett turned his focus to native vegetation and spent 5 years working in local government with Latrobe City Council as their Environmental Planner. This role involved managing roadside weed control, bushland reserves, revegetation projects and implementing State and Federal planning legislation relating to native vegetation and biodiversity. Just recently in May 2016, Brett felt the need for a sea change after his time in the Latrobe Valley and moved to Geelong where he is currently the Business Development Manager for a company called Habitat Creations.

As the above shows, weeds have pretty much been a common theme throughout Brett's professional life and hence his keen interest in this field. After a brief stint on the Weed Society of Victoria committee many years ago, Brett has returned with a renewed interest in ‘the war against weeds' and joined the WSV committee following the 6th Biennial WSV Conference in June 2016.

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