Gillian is a Veterinarian, however, her commitment to primary industries and its sustainability is principally through her voluntary work. She has represented the Macquarie Valley on the National Parks and Wildlife Community Advisory Committee, having served on that committee for 11 years.
Through the Committee Gillian developed a strong interest in the Macquarie Marshes and in how the irrigation community can be involved in conserving the marshes. She along with 30 other local landholders helped form a unit trust to purchase a small property in the Marshes called ‘Burrima’ and to manage it for conservation outcomes. Burrima is regularly visited by school, university, research and NRM groups for educational purposes.
Gillian is deeply concerned over the national water issue and the current arrangements of buying water as the sole means of achieving environmental outcomes. Her group, the Macquarie Marshes Environmental Trust, purchased a small property in the Macquarie Marshes, removed cattle from it and set about actively revegetating it. The response was spectacular, with reed beds regenerating rapidly, native plants choking out invasive weeds, and increasing biodiversity.