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OCA Members

Chair, William (Bill) McIntosh AM
Mr William McIntosh was appointed as Presiding Member on 1 July 2019.

Bill McIntosh AM, grew up in the Flinders Ranges where after matriculating at Scotch College, has managed the family pastoral lease, Gum Creek Station, near Blinman.  Bill has maintained a wide range of education and personal development initiatives. Training in governance practice, strategic planning, risk management, environmental management systems as well as CFS and SA Ambulance accreditations to name a few.  Bill has studied at the post-graduate Rangeland Certificate level and became a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in November 2013.

Bill, together with wife Jane, are now the lessees of Gum Creek Station.  Traditionally a sheep grazing property, Gum Creek Station has now diversified into accommodation and ecotourism experiences as its main enterprise.   Bill’s experiences in Outback SA has exposed him to issues of seasonal variability, sustainability, diversification and the consideration of opportunities for economic development.  As a result Bill has a strong interest in the principle of achieving a sustainable balance between conservation, production and protection, in the landscape.

Bill’s involvement in committees has been at state, regional and local levels.  He was awarded an Australia Day Citizen Award in 1989, a Centenary Medal in 2003 and membership of the Landcare Hero Honour Roll in 2015.

In June 2007 he was appointed as a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honour list for service to conservation and environment, particularly through the advancement of natural resource management practices and conservation initiatives, and to remote area communities in South Australia.

Member, Frances Frahn
Mrs Frances Frahn was appointed to the Outback Communities Authority as of 1 July 2019. Frances' long association with Outback SA has given her extensive experience in remote areas childcare, cooking and the wool industry, notably she is a qualified wool classer and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She also has a keenly developed skill set required for volunteer roles with young farmer boards and committees. Frances was appointed an inaugural member of the National Council of Young Farmers in 2005. 
Eager to expand her life experiences, Frances spent time working internationally before returning to Outback SA, where she has been involved in youth development and project management on mining exploration camps.
Frances now resides at her childhood home, Holowiliena Station in the Flinders Ranges with husband, Luke and young family.  Together, they have embarked on significant historical restoration works, which have evolved into a small tourism business they run in conjunction with the pastoral business. This allows Frances to pursue her love of local and station history while sharing the Flinders Ranges with guests.
Member, Lee Warmington
Mr Lee Warmington was appointed to the Outback Communities Authority as of 1 July 2019. Lee has lived in the Far West Coast for over 60 years, the last 50 in the small community of Penong.  He has been closely involved in the mining industry for over 40 years and now manages a gypsum mine just out of Penong.  His work in the mining sector has afforded Lee a strong finance and strategic skill set for living and working in remote locations.
Lee has a wealth of experience in, and a great passion for, community support.  Lee has held an executive position with the Penong and Districts Progress Association for over 30 years.  He is also heavily involved in the running of the Western United Tigers Football Club. Lee’s other passion include the local race, swimming and tennis clubs.  Lee is also a member of the Penong CFS.
Lee has a sound understanding of life in Outback SA and understands acutely, the needs of Outback people.
Member, Jo Fort
Jo Fort has had 30 years of experience in remote area health and hospitality/tourism industries.
Originally a Remote Area Nurse in Birdsville, Jo’s duties extended to include General Nursing, Midwifery and Neonatal care.
It was here that Jo honed her ability to work as sole practitioner, often in geographical and professional isolation while offering safe, quality health care, including the management of a range of emergency situations...Read More
Member, Tammy Roach
Tammy is a long-term resident of the Flinders Ranges - having lived in the region since 2007 - residing in Leigh Creek since 2012. Tammy brings experience in tourism, marketing, education, community leadership and small business. Tammy is currently the Leigh Creek Community Progress Association Chair and brings a wealth of outback knowledge having served on numerous committees including President of Remote and Isolated Children's Exercise, President of the Isolated Children's Parents Association (ICPA), Flinders Ranges Branch and SA State Council ICPA.
Member, Mary Marsland
As a respected South Australian architect, Mary Marsland has a wealth of experience in building and construction, project management, property management, the public sector and as a board director.
She was previously a director, and later Executive Director, of the Building Management sector of the Department for Administrative and Information Services (DAIS)...Read More
Member, Chris Michelmore
Christopher Michelmore has had a long career as a Design Engineer, Senior Engineer, Associate and Director of John Connell and Associates (later Connell Wagner and now Aurecon).
Early in his career, Chris was responsible for overseeing the company’s Hong Kong operations and the management of a 50 person consultancy, with major undertakings in Hong Kong, China and Singapore...Read More