Our People

Diane Salvi – Coordinator, Adelaide Sustainability Centre

Di is our centre coordinator and networker extraordinaire. She brings years of experience from a range of roles that have perfectly cultivated her skillset towards making the centre an engaging and welcoming experience. She has a background in tourism; both in the marketing sector and as a tour guide, as well as having worked in volunteer management and project management. Having lived in Los Angeles, Japan and Chile She has seen a great deal of the world and has viewed how many cultures connect with the environment. Most recently having graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Science, she not only has an in-depth understanding of sustainability but also the skills to communicate this with others.

Passions

When not working, she is a mum of two kids and a backyard veggie grower. Never slowing down she spends her time running a monthly hiking group for friends, looking after a Bush for Life site and is a committee member of the Adelaide Hills Outdoor Playgroup which is part of the Old School Community Garden in Stirling.

Christy Spier – Advisory Group Member, Natural Resources Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges

Christy’s story began in the Aboriginal community of Ernabella so she is comfortable in creek beds, where she went on to organise camps as a young person and then after studying communications at the University of SA developed as a project manager of the Schoolies Festival SA and non-profit organisation Encounter Youth. Having three children sparked her interest in homemaking and sustainable neighbourhoods which led her to study permaculture at the Food Forest, dig in her local community garden and network with Edible Churches. In short she loves conversations and action that come out of creek beds, camps, parties, homes and neighbourhoods. She is currently an Urban Sustainability Officer with Natural Resources Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges.

Passions

Nuturing her family, talking to her neighbours, taking notice of the local and small, signficant things, sharing, reading and writing hopeful stories and poetry

Kerry Reed – Advisory Group Member

Kerry is a landscape designer and student of Sustainable Design, she is also a member of Adelaide Sustainable Building Network steering committee. She holds a particular interest in community co-creation including building skills, networks and resilience. The final design project for her Sustainable Design Masters has centred on facilitating the process of creating a sustainability hub at The Joinery.

Passions

Kerry has an interest in sustainability advocacy and education, expressly regarding the integration of the natural environment within the built environment. In her spare time Kerry loves cycling, yoga and her veggie garden.

Mark Kruszynski – Advisory Group Member, Common Ground Adelaide

Common Ground Adelaide (CGA) is an affordable housing organisation which provides safe, stable and secure housing in conjunction with support and opportunities for tenants to thrive. CGA coordinate a Community Garden at the Joinery and have been involved in a number of Joinery programs and events. Often the constraints of social housing result in environmental sustainability being most challenging for our community’s most vulnerable members.

Passions

Mark believes in the power of community to develop solutions to social issues and create societal change. He also holds an interest in biodiversity and sustainable food production, his careful lifestyle makes him an advocate for frugal living.

Allys Todd – Advisory Group Member, Greening Australia

Allys’s career has been focussed in the non-profit sector including Greening Australia, Greenpeace, Earth Sanctuaries, The Wilderness Society and Trees for Life. Her skills have been utilized by the Department for Environment, Cleland Wildlife Park and the Adelaide Zoo in various positions and appointments; including providing judging for NRM and Landcare awards. Her skills have previously been recognised by the Australian Business Arts Foundation recieving the Arts & Environment Award 2011 for the Womadelaide Foundation Carbon Offset; also having received a Prime Ministers Award in Community & Business Partnerships 2009 for the Gemtree Wetlands Project. She holds a Science Degree from Flinders University and in her spare time delivers consultancy with skills in marketing, communications, social media, media release, graphic design, website development and grant writing. She is an Ambassador to the Neurosurgical Research Foundation and provides pro-bono support under the direction of Board President, Prof. Robert Vink, Pro-Vice Chancellor Health Sciences, University of Adelaide.

Passions

Allys juggles her interests as a communications consultant, traveler, wine lover and wildlife photographer, as well as being a mother and working with Greening Australia. You might occasionally find her camping under the stars, kayaking St Vincent’s Gulf or up-cycling wooden pallets!

Anne Wilson – Advisory Group Member

Anne has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Environment (2008), a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Environmental Policy and Management (2012) as well as an Advanced Certificate in Horticulture. She is employed as an Academic researcher undertaking manuscript preparation for Prof. Emerita Carol Bacchi at the University of Adelaide and Assoc Prof Susan Goodwin at the University of Sydney. Her current areas of interest include Academic research specialising in; Cycling as transport, Cycling education and children, Post-structural policy analysis, Urban environments and Urban food growing (particularly for beginners) in both gardens and containers. She is governor of one of the two Sustainable Communities—SA Unley groups. Each group has wide environmental interests and goals, but a common and current interest of both is in working with local government and communities to enhance food growing in the City of Unley.

Passions

She is a devotee to organic gardening practices—design for eco-gardening, soil improvement, water saving, organic pest control—all designed to enhance urban biodiversity in the residential environment. This is an extension of urban biodiversity enhancement through retention and addition to urban corridors and public spaces. In all, she seeks a design to enhance both human and non-human environments.

Steven Hoepfner – Advisory Group Member, EarthRight & Wagtail Urban Farm

Steven was born and raised in Adelaide. He developed a passion for the environment from an early age. His interest in food systems and their environmental impacts led him to research and implement regenerative agricultural practices throughout the Adelaide metropolitan area. His expertise lies within his backyard food growing prowess having specialised in this area for 10 years. Steven has also had 6 years commercial food growing experience within farms such as, Meadows Farm and Wagtail Urban Farm; as well as 3 years food growing education experience at Fern Ave Community Garden. He enjoys giving various presentations and workshops, from soil prep, to composting and fruit tree care. He believes that he offers a practical, on the ground aspect for the group.

Passions

His passions include local food production, wild foods, the exploration of human body movement, and he is also an avid tree climber.

Sue Gilbey – Advisory Group Member

Sue lives in an urban eco-village located on the land of the Kaurna people in Adelaide city.

After accidents put an end to her career objectives she has become very involved as a volunteer community activist, social justice entrepreneur, writer, editor, researcher, broadcaster, interviewer, environmentalist and local and international human rights public speaker most recently in Costa Rica and Bangladesh.

She convened Urban Ecology Australia for 6 years founded a new group, Just Sustainability Australia which focuses on equity for environmental refugees. She is an Australian Ambassador for the Global Eco-village network (GEN) and a founding member of GEN Australia and is on the advisory committee of the Sustainability Centre operated through the Natural Resources Management Board.

In 2009 she was deeply honoured to receive the Bremen Peace Award, a very prestigious International peace prize, administered by the European Threshold Foundation.

Kathryn Warhurst – Advisory Group Member, Conservation Council of SA & The Joinery

Kathryn is an Environmental Scientist who has worked for Non Government Organisations (NGOs) all her professional career. She has been involved with many organisations such as The Wilderness Society and The Conservation Council of South Australia as well as working on marine conservation issues, revolving around; fishery management, marine parks, Australian sea lions and giant cuttlefish. She is Chair of Transition Gawler with an interest in local sustainability, resilience and community building.

Passions

Sustainability, social justice, gardening, reading, and spending time with her family.