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 mission

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.

Our Vision

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

Our Goals

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.

Adrian Wells

Board Chair Person

Adrian has worked since 1968 in agricultural research and extension, rural adjustment, education and local governments across the Murray-Darling Basin. Developing and delivering natural resource management education programs since 1995, Adrian has won several awards for his work. He retired from full-time work in 2015 but continues to support Petaurus as the Chair of the Board.

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

Regional 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.

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.

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.

Martin 'Junior' White

Indigenous Project Officer

Junior has great experience and knowledge in inspiring students to be their best and has been a Student Support Officer in several schools. Junior is a keen Project Officer with the ability to deliver quality education programs to schools and communities.

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

Teacher/Project Officer

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 Support Officer

Maddy, our newest addition to the Petaurus team as a project support officer, has a strong knowledge base on MERRI requirements. Maddy supports the development and implementation of projects, including project plans, research, analysis, planning and monitoring activities.