Meet the Committee
The Dandenong Ranges Tourist Network is a not-for-profit organisation run by its members, for its members. The committee are all volunteers, tourism business owners and operators from the Dandenong Ranges area.
ROLE | 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.
ROLE | 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.
ROLE | TREASURER
Tracey lives in Olinda with her husband Andrew and two adult children. The family moved to the area in 2018 in search of the lifestyle they once had pre children, when they both worked in the Tourism and Hospitality industries and lived and worked in locations such as Japan, Port Douglas, the Blue Mountains, and the Adelaide Hills. With the need for stability, both secured normal day jobs while the children were young but were yearning to return to the tourism and hospitality industry they both loved and purchased the old church in Olinda with plans to turn it into boutique accommodation. Olinda Church House currently offers cottage accommodation in the original grounds of the old Methodist Church in Olinda. With a second suite in the pipeline and the purchase of a second business, Offshore Cinema which offers pop up outdoor cinema experiences across Melbourne, they are hoping to quit their “day jobs” soon and focus on providing amazing experiences to guests through their B & B as well as partnering with businesses across the Dandenong and Yarra Ranges with their cinema business.
ROLE | COMMITTEE MEMBER
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.