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Gippsland Ports Board

Gippsland Ports is a statutory organisation. Gippsland Ports Board is appointed by the Minister for the Environment to provide strategic direction for the management and operations of Gippsland Ports, and plays an important role in the sustainable management and development of maritime operations and activities along Victoria’s east coast from Inverloch to Mallacoota.

Directors’ responsibilities include the management and administration of crown lands, two waterways and five local ports with varying imperatives, risks and opportunities, and covered by different pieces of legislation administered by several different government departments and Ministers.
Individuals on the Board act in the best interests of the public entity; with integrity; in a financially responsible manner; with care, diligence and skill; and in compliance with all relevant and applicable laws and regulations.

Board Member Profiles

Geoff Hocking – Chairman

Geoff Hocking has formal qualifications in Business and Management and over thirty years experience in Public Administration with federal, state and local governments.

He has extensive skills and experience in financial management, waterway management and asset management. Geoff is also a Commissioner with the Victorian Environmental Water Holder and he is a born and bred Gippslander with strong ties to the whole region.


Joanne Butterworth-Gray

Joanne Butterworth-Gray: New appointment at August 2017

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Greg Fitz

Greg Fitz has formal qualifications in engineering and a masters of business administration. His work experience is diverse and includes water and waste water treatment, oil and gas industry, process operations, environment health and safety, treasury operations, project finance, infrastructure development and investment analysis.

Greg is a keen recreational boater and fisherman and has many fond memories fishing in Anderson Inlet and South Gippsland with his father.


Rosa McQuilten

Rosa McQuilten: New appointment at August 2017.

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Nicola Watts

Dr Nicola Watts is a passionate Gippslander.

Nicola’s diverse career has been across the education, natural resources management, telecoms and food sectors. Her career has also included more than a decade across nearly twenty countries as a management consultant.

Nicola is currently the Executive Officer of East Gippsland Food Cluster Inc. She is a member of the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority Board and the Regional Development Australia Gippsland Committee. Nicola is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nicola lives in Paynesville with her partner Hardy and is a keen sailor.

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