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Ownership

Potoroo Palace is not owned by anyone. You could say that it belongs to the animals or to the community. Technically it is owned by a company which has no shareholders, and which cannot be bought or sold. It can only be given to another charity. It is overseen by honorary directors. It is not for profit, having charity status and relies heavily on entrance fees and donations to continue.

Our Directors

Alexandra Seddon
Founder and Patron

Founder and patron of Potoroo Palace, Alexandra has a background of community, conservation, education, farming and the arts. She came to the Bega Valley in 1975 from Papua New Guinea, where she had been working with PNG teachers, mostly in drama and creative writing. She began farming with her brother in Candelo, and so Cowsnest Community Farm came into being. The idea of Cowsnest was to set up a community farm where anyone could come and contribute their skill and labour even if they had no money to buy land. This has now been incorporated and now officially comes under the auspices of Potoroo Palace.

Alexandra has of course breathed life into Potoroo Palace from the beginning. Her inspiration and her dream have enabled many lives to be saved, both animal and human kind and it is still a sanctuary for both, where staff and volunteers are encouraged to explore their full potential and to discover the full value and meaning behind community, conservation and education. Alexandra’s ethics are the foundation of the sanctuary as well as an integral component of the Directorship entity.

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Peter was born in Dimboola, Victoria and moved to Melbourne early 1965. In 1970 he embarked on his travels and travelled throughout  Europe, Asia and Africa. He travelled overland back to Australia and later qualified as Operating Theatre Technician at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.

By 1976 he had moved to the Bega Valley and became  a sports coach, which involved training a lot of young people, instilling them with confidence.

He trained at Bega Hospital as a nurse, while becoming involved with fighting development (7L) in the Tanja Area and then in the conservation battle (Environment Network Centre) for the South East Forests.

He has been involved with Potoroo Palce since it began in 2006. One of the things that inspires him most is seeing young people, who have been damaged by our society, become focussed, involved and confident.

Peter Nicholson
Director

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Peter was born in Dimboola, Victoria and moved to Melbourne early 1965. In 1970 he embarked on his travels and travelled throughout  Europe, Asia and Africa. Back in Australia he qualified as Operating Theatre Technician at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.

By 1976 he had moved to the Bega Valley and became a sports' coach, which involved training a lot of young people, instilling them with confidence.

He trained at Bega Hospital as a nurse, while becoming involved with fighting development (7L) in the Tanja Area and then in the conservation battle (Environment Network Centre) for the South East Forests.

He has been involved with Potoroo Palce since it began in 2006. One of the things that inspires him most is seeing young people, who have been damaged by our society, become focussed, involved and confident.

Anna Lindstrand
Director

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Anna has charisma.

She teaches different crafts to a groups of  children through our Art Programme. She is also working with the wider community to connect people with the natural world through art. 

 

She floats through incredibly demanding days of organising many individuals and groups, tending sensitive orphaned wildlife, milking cows, caring for pigs and chooks and ducks, running markets, feeding visitors and inhabitants at Cowsnest, doing office work at Potoroo Palace, and giving educational talks in the community. 

Robert Harris
Director

Branding

Harry came to Cowsnest in 1983 for a weekend. He has been there ever since. Cowsnest is basically the mother of Potoroo Palace. Harry is very aware of how to be kind to the earth and has worked out a system of Water Farming at Cowsnest. It uses water in the best ways and has wetlands in some of the gullies and beneficial fences with hedges along the curving edges of the paddocks which are beautifully planned to make the best use of water.

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Craig Cameron
Director

Craig is a welcomer at Cowsnest. He has reared his two children with care and firmness so that they are now confident and almost adult. His paintings are brilliant and he has often been asked to exhibit locally and in cities. His modesty often hides his incredible skills. When new people or visitors come to Cowsnest he relaxes them with cups of tea.

He organises our music nights, and plays guitar and piano and sings.