Meet the Committee
The Dandenong Ranges Tourist Network is a not-for-profit organisation run by it's members, for it's members. The committee are all volunteers, tourism business owners and operators from the Dandenong Ranges area.
Helene Campbell - President
Helene is a practicing Gold & Silversmith, a member of the Gold & Silversmith Guild of Australia and owns and runs Tall Trees Studio in Olinda, where her Jewellery Studio is located. Her Studio is also home to an increasing number of local and Victorian Independent Makers whose items cover a diverse range of maker disciplines. Helene is also a member of the Yarra Ranges Tourism Network, lives on Mt. Dandenong with her husband Brian, her father Graeme, their dog’s and loves living here, being a part of the hill’s community both professionally and personally.
Kine Haugland - Secretary
Kine moved to Melbourne from Norway in 2008 to study Tourism Management and soon found herself working as a Marketing Executive at Puffing Billy Railway. Kine is a seasoned marketing professional with experience across tourism, hospitality and not for profits in Australia and Norway.
Currently, she manages Puffing Billy's partnership program and fosters relationships with operators across the Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Valley and beyond.
She contributed to the community through a range of volunteer roles at Australian Tourism Export
Council, Dads Group Inc, City of Melbourne and Cancer Council Victoria before joining the Dandenong Ranges Tourism Network as the Vice President in 2019.
She is passionate about camping, and takes every opportunity to travel throughout Australia with her family.
Suzanne Hobby - Treasurer
Suzanne moved to the Dandenong Ranges in 2008 having spent her childhood looking at ‘the mountain’ from her perch in the southeastern suburbs of Melbourne. After 30 years in the Banking industry that resulted in a career in analytics focusing on Operational Risk and Compliance, she then turned to Accommodation Management within the Dandenong Ranges.
Being able to support people as they manage their holiday cottages or cosy getaway locations is the fulfilment of a dream shared by Suzanne and her husband Ron. Focusing on how the guests might be ‘delighted’ with their stay is a key principle of their business. If Suzanne is not preparing for guests, you’ll probably find her sourcing high quality second-hand furniture for the next project or friend or discussing cryptocurrency, exciting technology advancements, or enjoying a coffee at one of the many fabulous local spots.
Narelle Freestone-Davis - Membership Officer
Narelle and her family relocated from Sydney to Olinda 10 years ago and is still in awe of living amongst the breathtaking forests of the Dandenong Ranges.
Her 25 year career in education commenced in special school settings for students with severe emotional and behaviour difficulties then segued to coordinating education and welfare programs with Government and Not For Profit organisations for students in Out of Home Care.
Three years ago Narelle and husband James established their passenger vehicle business, Your Private Driver which is based in Olinda. Her favourite things about delivering the service are the many interesting chats with passengers and driving through the winding forest roads of an evening as the mist rolls in.
Being a member of Olinda Rural Fire Brigade means there is always some information available about Bushfire Safety!