Who is petaurus?

About us

Petaurus Education Group Inc. consults on, develops and delivers a range of learning and curriculum experiences, resources and initiatives for schools and community groups to connect with land, water, productive farming, sustainability and cultural issues at the local and state-wide level. Petaurus has reached national and international acclaim in the environmental education sector. 

The group is incorporated in NSW so that it can receive, manage and report on local, state and commonwealth funded programs. 

Our Past Work


To encourage, support and connect our regional communities with their natural and cultural environment through the development and delivery of quality engagement, education and communication programs that promote positive change.

A balanced, productive and resilient regional landscape with engaged communities.

  • Provide high quality educational outreach programs to specific groups and the broader community.​
  • Promote and inspire the next generation of Australians to discover and explore science and innovation.
  • Act as a broker through hosting and supporting community group positions, such as Landcare, that build up the capacity of regional communities.
  • Develop and deliver natural resource management, conservation and Cultural partnership programs that increase the resilience and capacity of regional communities.​
  • Provide consultation and advice to government organisations, non-government organisations, businesses and community groups on best practice methodology surrounding programs.​
  • Practice sound governance.

Our Board

Adrian Wells

Board Chair Person

Karen Retra

Secretary / Treasurer

John Murphy

Board Member

Maggie Watson

Board Member

Darren Grigg

Board Member

Our Team

Owen Dunlop

Executive Officer

After decades as a school principal and working in education consultancy, Owen saw a need within Australian schools and developed Petaurus to bring nature and Culture to the classroom. Owen’s passion and expertise is second to none and he has travelled internationally, providing advice and guidance to many organisations on best practice methods within the education sector.

Toni Terlich

Business/Finance Manager

Toni, our business and finance manager, is a registered BAS Agent with the Tax Practitioners Association and has 18 years’ experience in accountancy. She supervises and leads Petaurus’ operations and employees, implements our business strategies, evaluates project performance, and supports the needs of our staff.

Caitlin Lawrence

Project Officer

Caitlin is a Project Officer with a background in environmental science and education. Caitlin enjoys running a state-wide program around sustainable agriculture geared to year 11 students. Caitlin also provides advice on development, best practice and evaluation methods for new projects.

Lou Bull

Squirrel Glider LAMP Project Officer

Lou works extensively with landholders in the Burrumbuttock area to secure viable populations of squirrel gliders through community action. A thoughtful and passionate coordinator, Lou manages the on-ground works program by engaging one-on-one with community members in target areas.

Paula Sheehan

Landcare Coordinator

Paula Sheehan is the Regional Landcare Coordinator for the Murray region, based in Holbrook and works with Petaurus as a Local Landcare Coordinator. An outstanding capacity builder and facilitator, Paula supports the coordination of local and regional activities and partnerships.

Kathie Le Busque

Project Officer

Kathie is a Project Officer with a background in freshwater science and community engagement. Kathie works with students, landholders and community members to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in how to be sustainable and productive, while protecting our natural resources.

Stacee Bell

Wirraminna Centre Manager

Stacee is the Centre Manager for Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre, where she enjoys running school and community group activities based around protecting, improving and maintaining the natural environment. Stacee also helps the Wirraminna committee with administration and maintaining the park.

Jasmin Maiden

Communications/Media Officer

Jasmin, our comms/media specialist, has experience designing and managing printed and digital resources such as books, videos, animations and branded products. Jasmin has great finesse in catering the design to suit clients while also designing and managing web/ social media pages for Petaurus.

Jennifer Cunningham

Education Coordinator

Jen is both a passionate environmental educator and a registered teacher with 15 years experience across several states. She joins Petaurus in 2020 after a decade in the Northern Territory. Jen enjoys supporting teachers, connecting schools to community, and connecting kids to nature.

Maddison Shaw

Project Officer

Maddy has a background in and is passionate about, sustainability and environmental science relationships. As a project officer, she facilitates the development and implementation of a diverse range of projects across NSW and Victoria. She enjoys increasing the capacity of communities to educate, protect and appreciate significant environmental and Cultural matters.

Samantha Davies

Education Project Officer

Samantha is an Education Project Officer based in Hay. She is passionate about providing rural and isolated students opportunities to connect to their communities and environments. She joins Petaurus with a background in teaching Distance Education in the Northern Territory and New South Wales.

Fleur Cullenward

Education Project Officer

Fleur, a registered teacher and an Education Project Officer based in Hay, has helped students from many schools produce books on people and places in the Murrumbidgee region with historical, cultural, and environmental significance. Fleur loves being part of the community and introducing children to incredible people and places in the region.

Kaye Cook

Education Project Officer

Kaye is a teacher at Gol Gol Public school and is passionate about environmental education. Kaye is coordinator of their Cultural and Environmental Immersion Centre situated on the Murray river near their school. She will be supporting Petaurus in the delivery of various sustainability programs.

John Dent

Education Project Officer

John joined our team in 2021 and has worked in Riverina schools all his teaching life. Owen and John first met while teaching in Finley in the late 1970’s. John was Principal at Glenroy Public School in Albury before his retirement from the NSW Department of Education where for a time was reliving Director of Schools for the Albury area. We welcome his experience and passion for working with young people.