Meet the committee - Environment Tasmania

Meet the committee

Austra Maddox - Chair
Austra has been involved with environmental issues for decades, both on campaigns and through political activity, Including lobbying politicians, submissions to various inquiries and extensive policy development work. Austra's prime passion is the protection of Tasmania's wild forests. She was a founding member of the Florentine Protection Society, and an active member of the Forest Reference Group during the Forest Peace Deal negotiations. Austra's work has been recognised in being awarded a Life Membership of the C.P.S.U., Life Membership of the Tasmanian Greens, and having her name added to the Honour Roll of Tasmanian Women.


India Beecroft - Secretary

India is a long-term environmental and social advocate who has been involved in a variety of Tasmanian and international campaigns and issues. She has worked with the UTAS International Justice Initiative on reforms of international climate change and environmental law, and in 2019 completed an internship with the Environmental Defenders Office. In her spare time India is completing a Bachelor of Law and Politics at UTAS. 


Philip Cocker - Ordinary Member

Philip has a history of both environmental and political activism. He has been both Party Manager and Campaign Manager for the Tasmanian Greens and had multiple involvements in Forestry Campaigns in Tasmania. He has been an elected representative for the Greens at local government level for the past 13 years. He was the Chair of the Hobart City Council’s Finance and Audit committees for a number of years. He has worked in the Commonwealth public service as a Corporate Manager, Operational Team Leader and Human Resource Manager.


Andrew Mitchell - Treasurer 

Andrew has had a diverse working career, weaving his way through roles with a large multinational fuel company, an American Steakhouse (What the...), and most recently – over the last fifteen years - his own registered training organisation operating across three states. Andrew’s passion for community, community development and the environment has seen him undertaking various volunteer and ‘off the side of his desk’ roles with community- based organisations Andrew now works in the Humanitarian Settlement Program in Launceston and continues his volunteer community roles.