The OCT Steering Committee

The One Community Together Steering Committee is responsible for the oversight of OCT activities throughout the community and helps ensure that the values and aims of the community are front and centre in all that we do.

The Steering committee is made up of residents and representatives from local community organisations that have an established track record throughout the Clarence Plains area as people and groups who want to make a positive difference in our community and are willing to work hard to see it happen.

Robin Pulford – Steering Committee Co-Chair

Local resident – Rokeby
Community member of One Community Together
Active participant in OCT organized events – Annual Clean-up; Community forums
Clarence Plains Festival – member organizing committee
As a member of Clarence Lions Club, active participant in community projects in Clarence Plains area including establishment of disability access garden at Mosaic Services and regular maintenance of old Congregational Church cemetery.


Suze Schulz – Steering Committee Co-Chair

Since 2008, Suze has been working at Council as a Community Planning and Development Officer to improve health and wellbeing in the City of Clarence. One of the most rewarding things she gets to do is work with people in Clarence Plains to build a thriving community that is hopeful for the future. Suze is now the shortest member of her family, outgrown by her two adult boys. For fun and wellbeing, you might find her bushwalking, running, traveling, eating with friends, dancing or singing.

Dermot Cottuli – Pastor Grace Church Rokeby

Dermot has been part of the OCT team for the past 3 years and is passionate about seeing Clarence Plains move ahead. Having lived in Rokeby for 12 years and now Pastoring Grace Church Rokeby he is well aware of the challenges and the potential wrapped up in the local community and wants to do all that he can to see our community prosper. Grace church purchased the old Rokeby Tavern back in November 2015 and have been slowly fixing it up to be used as a Community Meeting Hub. Their aim is to support the great work currently being done in the area by the other community organisations and residents. Dermot is married to Debra and they have 4 children.

Linda Nicholson – Community Member

Proud Home Owner
Married to Bill. Mother to 2 teenage boys
We have a puppy, her name is Charlotte!
Clarendon Vale Community Resident as of 2000
Member of One Community Together Steering Committee and Community Spaces and Community Life
I am addicted to watching various Drama T.V. Shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, to name one of a dozen or more!
I love to sing…I am a member of Choir of High Hopes Hobart and Find Your Voice singing group!!

Matt Durose – Mission Australia Housing, Community Development

When Matt is not wrangling twins and an eight year old at home he is employed as a Community Development worker for Mission Australia Housing based in Clarence Plains on the outskirts of Hobart. Since 2014 he has taken a lead role in the Clarence Plains collective impact initiative One Community Together which aims to improve safety in the community. If he can help the community of Clarence Plains achieve some of their dreams for their community he will be a very happy man.

Other Committee Members

Cate Clark – Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre Manager

Kristy Leishman – Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre Manager

Melinda Thomas – Community Learning Coordinator Libraries Tasmania

Ian Brown – Centre Leader Clarence Plains Child & Family Centre

Barbara Stewart – Mission Australia Housing

Rosemary Johnson – Local Resident

Our Partners . . .

One of the things that make the Clarence Plains area stand out is the spirit of cooperation amongst all of the groups and organisation who work in our area. One Community Together is proud of our relationship with our partners and fully endorse and support their efforts. We all have the same agenda and we’re working together to see our community flourish in ever way possible.