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Meet our Team

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General Manager

Melinda Jones was appointed as a director on the board of Red Earth in 2019, and later transitioned to Red Earth’s part-time Project Officer at the end of 2021. At the end of 2022, Melinda became Red Earth’s first General Manager.

Melinda’s vision for Red Earth is to enable and strengthen communities within the Burnett Region and believes that this foundation is key to establishing strong partnerships across the Burnett that will create change for the betterment of all communities within the Burnett Catchment area.


Melinda has over 30 years of experience in the Tourism, Economic & Community Development sectors combined and holds a Master of Business Administration. She is skilled in Nonprofit Organisations, Business and Strategic Planning, Local Government, Youth and Community Development, grant applications, event management, and Hospitality Industry practices.

Melinda is passionate about community and the potential of all individuals. She holds executive positions on a local Tourism and Chamber of Commerce group, Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation, Regional Arts Development Fund, and is a Local Government Councillor in the North Burnett with the Portfolio areas of Tourism and Communities, in the Chair for the North Burnett Local Disaster Management Group, and Council representative on the Internal Audit Committee.

Melinda is excited to be a part of the Red Earth Community Foundation team and is committed to seeing the leadership development of the Burnett Regions.

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Administration Officer

Jane is Red Earths first point of contact and ensures the administration of Red Earth runs smoothly.

Jane is passionate about her region and community.

She is one of the founders that established the Nanango Heritage Community Bank.


Jane and her family run the family-owned and operated Firebreak Farm, located in the Neumgna district on Wakka Wakka country in the foothills of the Bunya MountainsThey raise pasture-fed produce with a focus on producing delicious, nutrient-dense food to build and foster a well-fed community.


Jane is an active member of the Wild Horse FM 997 Community Radio and runs Yoga sessions in a number of communities in the South Burnett and Toowoomba region.



Project Officer

Kimberley is the Project Leader for Red Earth Leadership Programs. Born and bred in the South Burnett, she has called Murgon home for most of her life.  Married and raising 5 children to be good humans is high on her list.  Kimberley's spirit shines in her commitment to lending a hand and getting the job done whenever the call arises.  With a diverse background spanning banking, administration, and numerous other pursuits she is a treasure trove of knowledge and eager to contribute and create positive change.  With her roots firmly planted in this vibrant region, she brings a wealth of experience and passion for making a difference.

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Project Officer

A long time South Burnett resident, Ros has worked in a range of roles in the region, including Employment Consultant, Team Leader of outh Workers, Area Manager of UnitingCare Community and as a Local Government Councillor.

Ros is currently a Directo on a number of Boards, including Rural Solutions Queensland, Rural Financial Counselling, Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation and the local radio station CrowFM. 

Ros and her partner have raised three children on their farm in Wooroolin and is passionate about this region and developing its potential for the progression of its economic potential and to increase the quality of life for its residents. 

Ros is involved with many community groups including Wondai parkrun, the Wondai Country Running Festival and the Art Gallery. Ros loves contributing to the region - to build a better Burnett.

A team aligned behind a vision will move mountains

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