Dorset Economic Development Group Board




Stephen Love

Stephen has owned and operated Galloway's Pharmacy in Scottsdale since 1985.

He has an active interest in Aged Care, and was the long serving Board Chairman of the Aminya Hostel aged care facility in Scottsdale before the facility was recently handed on to Presbyterian Care Tasmania.

He is an active member in a number of local community organisations, including Rotary at club and state level.

For many years Stephen has been an advocate for the community in promoting the establishment of improved mobile phone and other communication services for the northeast of Tasmania. Galloway's Pharmacy was the first business in Australia connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN).


Vice Chairman

Tas Rainbow

Tas has recently sold a sand mine he and wife Viv had owned and operated at Kamona near Scottsdale for 22 years. He has lived in the North East all his life and is keen to see Dorset Municipality developed to its full potential.

He is an active member of the community through the Rotary Club of Scottsdale and has been a Board member and Chairman of the Northbourne Park Aged Care Facility.

In recent years Tas has focussed on potential irrigation development projects in close consultation with Tasmanian Irrigation. He is the Chairman of the Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme working group. (The preferred option for this scheme has State Ministerial Approval, but it remains to be funded by Federal Government.)


Public Officer

Robin Thompson

Robin is the Manager Extensive Agriculture for the Department of Primary Industries and Water (DPIW). He is based mostly at DPIW Prospect offices, and sometimes in his Scottsdale office.

Robin has a mixed farming operation at West Scottsdale, and is the current Board Chairman of the Northbourne Park Association.

He has considerable experience in the agriculture industry, both at a practical level and also from a strategic research and administrative perspective.

Robin brings a strategic focus to Dorset EDG, and also an energetic and outcome-driven approach. He is a strong advocate for the North East community having a more active involvement in economic development, and sees great potential for further growth and diversification in the agriculture sector.



Peter Bird

Peter is the Forest Manager (Bass District) for Forestry Tasmania. His area of responsibility comprises 400,000 hectares of State forest in northeastern Tasmania. These forests are managed for multiple uses including wood production, tourism, conservation and recreation. Peter also manages the Forest EcoCentre in Scottsdale which is one of Tasmania’s icon tourist attractions.

Peter has worked in the forest industry since 1981 and moved to the Dorset municipality in 1995.

Production forestry is a major industry for the Dorset Municipality and Peter’s participation in the group is well founded. Dorset EDG assesses forestry and land management related projects with Peter's valuable assistance.


Jeremy Carins

Jeremy Carins is a dairy farmer at Legerwood. He has been involved with many community organisations in Dorset over the last 30 years.

Jeremy has held numerous community leadership positions, including Chairman of the Dorset Natural Resource Management (NRM) Committee, President of the North-Eastern Football Union and a member of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) Water Standing Committee.

He is currently the Chairman of the Upper Ringarooma Irrigation Scheme working group, due for construction in October 2013.



Ian Farquhar

Ian has recently retired from commercial farming in the North East. Ian's farm had a production history in vegetables, herbage, parsley oil, meat, wool and farm timber. Ian retains a commercial interest in a business that provides a distillation service to essential oil growers in the North East. Also, Ian is involved with the on going development of a Wasabi based business in Tasmania.

Ian has extensive experience serving on many community boards based in the North East. This experience has allowed Dorset EDG to look more closely at proposals involving training and development of young people in the Dorset Municipality.


Recently elected Board Members, details to be added later:

Leon Quilliam, retired Winnaleah farmer

Ross Jacobson,  Bridport businessman

Jan Hughes, Scottsdale Tourism Operator