Mr William (Bill) Maddocks
Bill was born in 1947 and immigrated to Australia in 1950 initially staying in Footscray. He went to various schools in Melbourne, Orange NSW and Launceston wherever his father’s construction employers sent him finally ending up in Perth WA early 1960. He commenced tertiary studies in Quantity Surveying in 1965 but they were interrupted in 1968 by being called up for National Service.

After basic training at Puckapunyal in Victoria he shipped out to the Royal Australian Engineers at Liverpool NSW. From there he was sent to 32 Small Ship Squadron training facility at Middle Head being taught seamanship skills on Sydney Harbour on various vessels and then sent to army administration courses. When training was complete he was posted to several Landing Ship Medium for movement of equipment around eastern Australia. In June 1969 he was posted to AV1356 Clive Steele located at Singapore undergoing a refit after being hit by rocket fire on the Mekong Delta Vietnam. He spent the next 200 days in Vietnam sailing up and down the coast from near the DMZ to the Mekong Delta carrying anything from 5 Centurion tanks, 600 tonne of munitions, barbed wire and general stores to hard to get to Australian and American bases located on the coast as well as up various rivers to places such as Saigon and other destinations. His administration role required him to read, understand and carry out all procedures to the letter and taught me the importance of good governance. In addition, Army training instilled in him the value of being part of a tight knit team who looked out for each other.

After returning from Vietnam in 1970 he was discharged, married Valerie had two lovely daughters and eventually settled down to a career in Sales. He worked for in sales management as Victorian Sales Manager, then National Sales Manager of Hawkes Bros Geelong supplying up to 30,000 lines to hardware stores in Victoria, NSW and South Australia. He was transferred to Sydney as NSW State Manager for two years and then transferred back to Melbourne Head Office.

He joined Dorf Industries as National Marketing Manager for Watts Backflow Prevention Devices this entailed conducting training classes for qualified plumbers for selection of appropriate devices, installation and servicing.

In 1985 he began his own Grounds Maintenance business to be “semi-retired”. He completed a course in Recreational Turf Management at Burnley Horticultural College and the business grew to become Softelm Pty Limited. Very early in our formation we moved from private work to only working with government departments on long term contracts. Customers included Vic Roads, Melbourne Water, SEC, Ministry of Housing and Local Councils. For example, we did all the steep batter and reach mowing on the Hume Hwy from Kalkalo 37 km peg to Albury Wadonga 302 km peg. His company maintained the Monash Fwy, Eastern Freeway, parts of East Link, and Frankston Fwy. During this time, he employed up to 25 staff during the busy periods. In 2013 we sold all of his long-term contracts and some of our equipment to a company from Queensland who wanted to expand in Victoria. He and his wife then moved full time to their property at Binginwarri. Bill and Valerie joined GFR in 2016.
Peter Jones
Vice Chairperson
Born in Oamaru NZ worked in the share boking industries before travelling to Europe where I spent 2 years hitchhiking though out England, Europe and Scandinavia. During the winter months I spent in Avimore in Scotland working in hotels and snow skiing. I was in Scotland when they had one of the worst blizzards for a number of years. It was so bad they actually lost a train and the ex CEO of our hotel froze to death in his car.
This was also where I met my wife Kaye who comes from Yarram.
On returning from England we spent time in Franz Josef Glacier and Christchurch NZ before returning to Melbourne to work. I have spent my career in the IT industry working mainly for IBM.
I am now retired in Inverloch and have been with GFR for a number of years where I helpped running BBQ at Bunnings and then joining the board.
I am also an active member of the Red Cross and also have run camps for BlazeAid after the recent bush fires.
Mrs Valerie Maddocks
In 1979 Valerie commenced her career in Shopping Centre Management as Personal .Assistant. to a Centre Manager. In early1980, simultaneously with her early career as P.A., she pursued an interest in interior design completing Diploma of Interior Design, at night, at the then Melbourne College of Interior Decoration. Following her studies she briefly operated my own interior design company for 2 years. In the mid 1980’s she went on to complete a Diploma of Business Management at Box Hill TAFE. In 1988 she commenced her career in Shopping Centre Management and in 1990 qualified as a Certified Shopping Centre Manager (CSMA - Building Owners & Management Association).

She enjoyed a 20-year career in retail management culminating as Director of Retail Property - Shopping Centres with Corporate Estate Agency, Baillieu Knight Frank, Victoria, 1993-2000. During this period she was responsible for overseeing and monitoring the performance of all 6 of the company’s Shopping Centres and training various Shopping Centre Managers. The combined income of the entire portfolio was in excess of $15 million and expenses in excess of $6 million. The combined value of the portfolio at that time was in the vicinity of $100 million.

Following semi-retirement in 2000, she completed a Holistic Counselling Certificate for personal development purposes and  assisted her husband in the running of their 25-year-old and up to 25-employee family business until its sale in 2013 when she fully retired.

In 2013/14 was Board Secretary for the Box Hill Chorale Society and in 2016 became a member of Gippsland Farmer Relief Inc. and a member of the inaugural committee. She feels  honoured to again serve on the Committee of Gippsland Farmer Relief Inc.
Gippsland Farmer Relief Inc
Phone: (03) 5174 0217 Distribution Centre Address:
U1/20-22 Stratton Drive,
Traralgon, Victoria, 3844.

Postal Address:
PO Box 1588
Traralgon Vic 3844

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Jan Head
Committee Member:
Jan met Janis Stirling some years ago while she was working at IGA Mirboo North.  Janis was purchasing food for Gippsland Farmer Relief and made her aware of the Charity’s good works.  After she retired, Jan started with GFR Inc. as a volunteer food packer.  When GFR moved to its Traralgon headquarters Jan was appointed manager of the warehouse and the packing of food hampers with GFR’s volunteers.
Jan is married with 2 adult children who live interstate. She has a step-granddaughter who is 21 and a grandson who is 1.  Originally from Melbourne, Jan has resided in Mirboo North for 19 years (and loves it).

A former Bank Officer, Waitress, Head of Department and Staff Trainer in the Retail Industry Jan has worked with many interesting people.  She is involved in her local church,  is Treasurer for the Friends of Mirboo North Library, and is  a volunteer Director for the Community Bank – Mirboo North and District (Bendigo Bank).  Jan’s hobbies include reading, golf and gardening.
Murray Farley
Committee Member:
Murray has been a long-standing, working member of Gippsland Farmer Relief Inc. He is an active member of several organisations in his community, and joined GFR Inc., to assist in delivering monthly food hampers in the Shire of Wellington region.

Murray is a family man and an experienced businessman, managing his own contracting company. He is grounded, practical and decisive and continues to make a valued contribution to the Committee.
John Keeley
Committee Member:
John has been a long-standing working member of Gippsland Farmer Relief Inc.  He has extensive experience in the Committee world, holding various positions on community Committees in Sale, Victoria.  John is a past Chairman of Gippsland Farmer Relief Inc., Committee and currently fills the role of Committee Member.  John has a strong focus on governance matters.

Together with his continuing role as hamper deliverer in his region, John has been invaluable in keeping GFR Inc., up to date with current technology, donating his vast experience as an Accredited Microsoft Hardware Engineer.
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