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.
James Davis - President
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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.
Helene Campbell - Treasurer
Helene is a practising 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.
Rhonda Fergus - committee member
Rhonda has a background in the education sector and has been the owner and operator of The Gallery B&B in Olinda) since its opening in 2014.
Rhonda and her husband have lived in the Hills most of their lives and consider the region one of Victoria’s most valuable tourism assets. She joined the DRTN committee in 2016 and enjoys sharing her love of the Dandenong Ranges, particularly its cool-climate gardens and stunning natural environment. Rhonda has been an active participant in several local community groups and projects. An enthusiastic ‘people-person’, she believes in the importance of community connection and the potential in networks of positive people.
Narelle Freestone-Davis - Committee member
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!