Dr Lyndal Plant


Lyndal is an urban forester and has worked in local government policy and strategic planning for urban trees, including many years within the Brisbane City Council.
Now a researcher and consultant, Lyndal has helped advance urban forest evidence gathering techniques and making stronger business cases for investment in green infrastructure.
Lyndal now focuses on policy development/review and cutting-edge urban forest initiatives. She sees the forest, not just the trees – helps plan and monitor outcomes, not just outputs and focuses on trees for people (“human habitat” values) and is committed to greener, cooler neighbourhoods for all.
Lyndal has presented to local, national and international audiences and her research has been published in peer –reviewed journals.

Dr Tim Johnson

Director TREENET

A horticulturist, naturalist and educator by training, Tim’s profession of choice is local government arborist. His primary foci during twenty five years with South Australian councils have been sustaining the legacy of earlier horticulturists by continuing to establish trees for future communities and adapting local government practices to meet the challenges of increasing spatial pressures, the degradation of urban soils and climate change.

Tim’s research toward a PhD in civil engineering, Trees, Stormwater, Soil and Civil Infrastructure: Synergies Towards Sustainable Urban Design for a Changing Climate, aligns closely with the philosophy of his employer, the City of Mitcham.

Dr Greg Moore OAM

Committee Member TREENET

Greg Moore was Principal of Burnley College of the Institute of Land Food Resources at Melbourne University from 1988 to 2007.   Prior to this he was a Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in Plant Science and Arboriculture at Burnley from 1979.  He was Head of the School of Resource Management at the University from 2002 to 2007.
Apart from a general interest in horticultural plant science, revegetation and ecology, Greg has a specific interest in all aspects of arboriculture.  He has contributed to the development of Australian Standards in pruning and amenity tree evaluation and continues to be a major speaker at conferences worldwide and in Australia.
He was the inaugural president of the International Society of Arboriculture, Australian Chapter.
He has been a member of the National Trust of Victoria’s Register of Significant Trees Committee from 1988, chairing the committee since 1996.  He has chaired TREENET since 2005.
Greg continues to supervise post-graduate students and pursues an active research profile in any matters that relate to trees in the urban environment and revegetation.
In 2017 Greg was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia:

“For service to the environment, particularly to arboriculture.”


David Lawry OAM

Co-founder TREENET, Founder Avenues of Honour

David co-founded TREENET (Tree and Roadway Experimental and Educational Network) in 1997 with Dr Jennifer Gardner, curator of the Waite Arboretum and was its Director until December 2012.  He is also responsible for founding the “Avenues of Honour 1915-2015” project in 2004.

With a Degree in Agricultural Science and a long horticultural history in the nursery and landscaping industry, David is a respected champion for the emerging science aimed at improving the establishment and retention of trees in urban settings, particularly street trees.
In 2008 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia:

“For service to arboriculture and the environment, particularly through research and support for sustainable plantings in the urban landscape, and to the community through the Avenues of Honour project.” 

Darryl Gobbett

Honorary Treasurer TREENET

Darryl has spent over 45 years in the public and private sectors, serving in senior management and economic and financial advisory roles.

Darryl continues to provide regular commentary on the South Australian economy.

He is a Visiting Fellow at the SA Centre for Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide; a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; a Director of Minda Inc., South Australia’s largest Not For Profit cognitive disability services provider; and a Director of a number of start-up businesses.

Darryl has been the Honorary Treasurer at Treenet since 2013 and enjoys his volunteer work in community and environmental services, including 30 years as a Grower Member of Trees For Life.

Ruby Wilson

Committee Member TREENET

Ruby’s current role is the Program Leader of Arboriculture and Nursery at the City of Hobart. Ruby has a Master of Urban Horticulture from the University of Melbourne (Burnley Campus) and as an ex-Melbournian and has been previously worked in tree management across a number of different Victorian Councils.

Ruby is a passionate advocate for and manager of trees and urban green spaces because of the many benefits they provide to community health and well being, and the environment. Ruby has a strong focus on strategy and policy development to ensure consistent and robust decision making.

Cameron Ryder

Committee Member TREENET

Cameron has been involved in the broader horticulture industry for 20 years including 14 studying and practicing arboriculture.  Cameron worked as a climbing arborist for a short while before injury forced an early end.  Since 2004, he has worked as a consultant in the arboricultural industry and completed many and varied projects including as an expert witness in numerous legal fora.

In recent years he has co-authored 2 published journal articles based on previous research investigating a cost benefit analysis for formative pruning young trees and on the efficacy of Ground Penetrating Radar.

In 2014, Cameron started C&R Ryder Consulting.  In a short while the business has experienced strong growth and focuses on providing high quality tree and vegetation assessments, GNSS tree surveys and strategic documentation to local governments, utilities, civil and the legal/insurance sectors.

Rob Bodenstaff

Rob Bodenstaff

Committee Member TREENET

Rob has spent the past 30 years pursuing the better management and utilisation of trees in Western Australia’s diverse urban environs.

Seeking and influencing others to engage in achieving better outcomes for urban trees, has been the driver for him. This has led to the creation of multi-disciplined expertise in arboricultural consultancy, tree canopy management, root zone management, veteran and icon tree management and civic tree farming, as well as being a recognised leader in mature tree transplanting in Australia and Internationally.

Rob’s firsthand experience in developing world leading tree transplanting techniques for mature trees within urban precincts, has bought to light many aspects of our native tree root systems that challenge common literature on the subject and also challenges the way we often manage tree roots in Western Australia’s endemic sands and soils.

His experience and the ongoing investigations, trials, projects and research is helping us discover better ways to successfully engineer trees into the unique built urban environment within Perth’s coastal sands and broader regions; and that may well have application elsewhere.

Dr Kate Delaporte

Committee Member TREENET

Kate graduated from University of Adelaide with a BAgSc (Hons) and a Doctorate of Philosophy. She was the 3rd Playford Trust Horticultural Scholar.
In 1999-2000 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the use of Australian plants overseas.
Kate worked on the research and development of eucalypts, as the Postdoctoral Research Fellow the University of Adelaide’s Ornamental Eucalypts Development Program with Professor Margaret Sedgley, in projects supported by the RIRDC, industry collaborators and the Playford Trust.
More recently, this work has been supported by Horticulture Australia Ltd, in collaboration with Industry and the University of Adelaide.
Kate is Curator, Waite Arboretum.

Amy Cotton

Administration Officer

Amy joined the TREENET team in April 2021.

With a degree in Psychology and a background in health research, Amy has worked in a variety of areas including researching road safety behaviours, investigating perceptions towards health and nutrition and undertaking program evaluation for new health initiatives.

Taking a bit of a tree-change with TREENET, Amy has a keen interest in the principles and ideals behind urban greening and is excited to contribute to this area. There are many links to be seen between public health and urban greening.