This page provides a general overview of the group.


The Cooleman Ridge Park Care Group is a ParkCare group that "cares" for the Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve.

The group is made up of various volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, such as scientists, public servants, homekeepers, health professionals, etc.

The group was formed in 1991 by three ladies - Bess Sledge, Pauline Lynga and Tina Nevins - who were passionate about the ridge and regenerating the bush on it. They worked hard on planting, weeding, letter writing, fundraising, recruiting, documenting, collecting, surveying, etc.

These ladies have now been replaced by a new generation of volunteers who carry on their hard work and vision. The group has now grown to have 50 registered members that contribute in various ways to the groups objectives, with an active core of members that regularly meet and work on the ridge.

The group is also comprised of many informal members that do not regularly attend group activities but contribute to the groups work by doing private work in their own way and in their own time.

If you want to find out more about the group, a great resource is to read some of the group's newsletters which provide a more detailed account of the activities of the group over the years.


The mission of the Cooleman Ridge Park Care Group is to restore the native flora and fauna of Cooleman Ridge.

Legal Status

The group is currently incorporated. It was incorporated in 2005 under the name COOLEMAN RIDGE PARK CARE GROUP. Our Registration Number is A02525.


The group is affiliated with the Southern ACT Catchment Group. This relationship provides the group certain benefits such as insurance and legal liability.


The group is self funded and does not receive any regularly funding from the government or other organisations. However, the group occassionally receives small amounts from special purpose grants.

Most funds are obtained by either fundraising, donations or bequests. Funds are generally spent on purchasing and maintaining tools, printing/publishing, website hosting, etc.

Donations and bequests of money or useful resources are always welcome!


The group is governed by a formal constitution. The group is managed by an executive committee that is elected by general members at our Annual General Meeting. The current structure of the committee is as follows.

  • President - Linda Spinaze
  • Vice President - Alan Ford
  • Secretary - Rob Lundie
  • Treasurer - Rohan Thomas

There are also some other non executive roles performed by the group.

  • Webmaster - Rohan Thomas
  • Editor (newsletter) - Rob Lundie
  • Public Officer - Doug Tinney


Membership with the Cooleman Ridge Park Care Group is a free and easy.

If you wish to join, you can either contact us or simply just turn up at one of regular monthly meetings.