362 Croyden Road, Roleystone WA 6111

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The Araluen Botanic Park Foundation (Inc.) is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation that was incorporated on 24th July 1990, under the Associations Incorporation Act 1987.

Araluen Botanic Park owes its continual development and increased visitor numbers to a small, but dedicated team, working together for the benefit of the Park. The Foundation’s staff and Foundation Council provide countless hours of work to ensure the Park is an exceptional public park and premier WA tourist attraction.

Our Volunteers, Sponsors and Park Members, provide additional hours of gardening work, event management services, financial support and sales assistance in the Gift Shop.

You can get involved too by becoming a member, volunteering with us or becoming a sponsor.

Key Staff Members

Suzy Parravicini (General Manager)

 Charlie Firth ( Horticulture, Assets, Projects Coordinator)

Alan Colman (Garden Supervisor)

Charmaine Kettle (PA/Accounts)

Marie-Adeline Paris (Admin, Events & Functions Officer)

Beck Gibb (Administration Coordinator/HR) Part-time


The Araluen Botanic Park Foundation Council

The Foundation Council has been working with various Government Departments since Araluen was bought by the Government in 1990. The members of the Council are appointed according to their experience relevant to Araluen’s activities and meet on a regular basis to consider issues of a strategic and policy nature.

The current Board membership is as follows:

President – Mike Nelson

Mike worked in various administrative capacities with in the State public service at WA Museum, State Library Service and Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital. He also served with the Australian Army travelling abroad and was employed by WA Institute of Technology and Australian Medical Association. His main involvement has been in facilities management, in particular project management and budgeting for both capital/recurrent requirements.

Vice President – John Colwill NDA, ND Ag Eng

John is a Plantsman, photographer, author, travel guide and inaugural President and member of ABPF since its inception. He is the developer of Waterwise programmes information training, the award winning Waterwise Plants for WA, database and has extensive media experience on radio and TV. He is the programme developer and lead presenter of the award winning Beyond Gardens team that continues to deliver sustainable garden messages throughout WA and developed Australia's first TV gardening talkback show. Joint winner of the 2016 Anita Boucher Outstanding Achievement Laurel for contributions to horticulture and horticultural media in Australia.

Vice President - Anitra Robertson

Anitra Robertson is the Chief Operating Officer of Perth based medical technology company, Surgical Realities Pty Ltd. Anitra has a double degree in Communications (PR and advertising) and Science (Psychology) and is partnering with healthcare providers to drive research and innovation in the healthcare sector. Anitra has partnered with leading universities and hospitals to explore evidence-based applications of virtual and augmented reality in medical training and patient care and has presented her clinical research at international and national medical conferences. Before Surgical Realities Anitra managed change and communications projects with mining company Rio Tinto for 12 years. Anitra is also Committee Secretary for Women in Technology Western Australia (WiTWA).

Vice President - Joska Stroobach

Joska is the Regional Sales Manager in WA for a global fertiliser company and has been in this role in Europe and Australia for 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture (The Netherlands), advises nurseries in the region and she loves everything ‘green’.

Joska managed the Dutch Consulate for a considerable period of time on a part-time basis. Her relationship with Araluen commenced when the Consulate became involved for a Dutch/Turkish themed Tulip Festival and from there further professional relationships developed. Her Dutch heritage (tulips!) combined with her horticultural profession led to her greater interest to be involved as a member of the Board at Araluen.

Treasurer – Kellie Warland

Kellie Warland is the owner of Entire Bookkeeping Services, specialising in a wide range of financial services to businesses and individuals. Kellie has been in the accounting industry for over 20 years and has a wide range of clients extending throughout Australia, so is eminently qualified to carry out her role as Treasurer.
Kellie's love of the outdoors, of parks and gardens, is also satisfied by her connection to Araluen.

Secretary – Ian Harris

Self-employed as an architect and twice winning the prestigious “Clay Brick Manufacturers” award for building designed to fit harmoniously with the environment. Ian has a strong understanding of the architectural and culture style of Araluen’s history and has faithfully interpreted this into the designs of all the more contemporary constructions in the Park.

Councillor- Rob Fidock

Self-employed realtor, auctioneer, Principal of Fidock & Co Real Estate Roleystone and Justice of the Peace. Recently accepted a position on the board of Roleystone Bank (Bendigo Bank). Commenced association with Araluen as a volunteer and currently contributes sound business advice.

Councillor- Jackie Ashford

Jackie worked as a Primary teacher for the State Government for over 25 years. Now retired she volunteers with the Roleystone Bushcare, Die back Group, Araluen Wednesday Wonders gardening group, and singing with the Roleystone branch of Sing Australia.

Councillor- Prue Pike

Prue is Managing Director of Talk Social Media and has extensive experience with over 20 years in the tourism sector, both nationally and internationally.  Her knowledge extends from front line operations to business development, marketing, social media and the online environment. Prue works with Travel and Tourism operators nationally who are keen to enhance and grow business through social media marketing to deliver tangible results. Prue's passion is Travel, Tourism and enhancing our lives by connecting through Social Media.

Councillor- Sally Hollis BBs Tourism & Marketing

Sally is a tourism and hospitality professional who has held senior roles at State and National levels in peak tourism industry organisations over the past 25 years. As a founding Director and National Manager, Sally was instrumental in the development of the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program.  She was the inaugural CEO at Tourism Council WA and has been a member of many advisory boards including: Rottnest Island Authority; Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco Tourism; Department of Environment & Conservation; and many others. Sally is currently engaged as a trainer and workshop facilitator for Tourism Council WA. She is an Industry Specialist providing mentoring to tourism businesses under the Federal Governments Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program - Tourism Boost.