Woodend Neighbourhood House

Annual report December 2017 download here

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Our 2018 Committee has ten members.

Matt Gunn (President) lives in Woodend and has been here for 30 years during which time he has been involved in a number of community groups including Scouts, Guides, Basketball and Bike Club. After a break Matt is now keen to re-engage with local community activities and joined the committee in late 2014.

Nigel Emms (Vice President) relocated to Woodend from Williamstown in Spring 2015, having emigrated to Australia in Winter 2014. Nigel is a volunteer with the local SES, and also serves on a community board with Western Water and for the last few years has also volunteered with Bicycle Network Victoria in a number of roles. Nigel works with a couple of local wine enterprises, along with being a qualified tennis official, and an ad hoc TV and film extra. Prior to emigrating to Australia Nigel was a General Manager with the United Nations, with appointments in West Africa and the Middle East, managing transportation, supply chains and logistical operations.

Glenda Fisher (Secretary) has resided in Woodend for 47 years. Glenda has many years’ experience working with and on boards within the Macedon Ranges and in the greater Melbourne area. An Education Consultant with 50+ years’ of experience, she is passionately committed to ensuring equal access to education for all people, especially those with diverse needs. Glenda also works as a mentor to undergraduate and international post–graduate students at Melbourne University to ensure their progression beyond university is coordinated and successful.

Tim White (Treasurer) Tim has lived in Woodend since 2005 and works part-time as a Senior Accountant at Reeves Taxation Accounting Group Gisborne. Prior to that he worked for local accounting firm Langley McKimmie for 12.5 years. Tim has been our treasurer since 2016 year and brings with his extensive experience in the treasury role of a not-for profit organisation, as he is also the current treasurer of the Trentham District FootballClub. Tim enjoys working with the community and is looking forward to continuing his role at Woodend Neighbourhood House to help it grow and develop with the committee and wonderful staff at the House.



Professor Terry Caelli, FIEEE, FIAPR is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and a research contractor via the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with the Australian Defense Science and Technology Group. Previous to this he held a number of senior university positions including a National ICT Australia’s (NICTA) Laboratory Director, Killam Professor of Science, University of Alberta, Canada, and a DFG Professor, University of Munich, Germany. His interests lie in Operations Research, Cognitive Engineering, Signal Processing, Machine Learning and their applications in Health, Environment and Defense. He is a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (FIAPR) and a Fellow of the Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers (FIEEE).

Sally Edwards 

Terrie Hollingsworth has lived in Woodend for 15 years. She has worked as a counsellor in community health in and around the Macedon Ranges for 30 years. She came on to the board in early 2014, bringing knowledge of and experience in the not-for-profit sector and a wish to be part of a community group in the town that had a strong connection to its community.


Tom Marsh


Donna Seary has lived in Woodend since 2011 and plunged feet first into community groups when she arrived, bringing her wealth of experience in the Scouts and Guides movement to the town. Donna started volunteering with the Neighbourhood House about the same time and in 2014 became a committee member for the House.



Hubert Weisrock was busily involved in organising youth groups, camps and bike tours in his homeland of Germany. His 25 years as technical officer on all types of mercantile and passenger ships took him many times around the world. In September 1991, while still workingfull time on ships, he and his wife Anna started to build a mud brick house in Woodend. After his retirement in 2002 he wandered into the Neighbourhood House, where his passion for photography, gardening, walking and cycling, and DIY was soon put to good use.