About Us

Enabling a life fully lived in Mallacoota.

We are enabling Mallacoota to thrive, through building an entrepreneurial culture using the catalysts of knowledge, enterprises and coworking collaboration.

Our Ambition

Mallacoota’s reliance on tourism was exposed during the Black Summer bushfires and COVID-19 lockdowns. The Wilderness Collective serves as a ground-breaking example for small Australian towns, fostering innovative, collaborative solutions to systemic issues.

We’re partnering with other small communities to ensure comprehensive support for the region’s people. Together, we’re forging a path towards resilience and prosperity.

Meet the Team

Meet the Wilderness Collective’s Board and Executive Office spanning three generations, deeply rooted in our community. 

With firsthand experience of bushfire devastation and economic decline and determined to ensure that our geographical isolation doesn’t commit us to opportunity isolation.

Paris Brooke

Paris Brooke

Founder & Executive Officer

Focusing on community-led initiatives to make Mallacoota thrive.  Paris has been responsible for the strategic communications, management, investor relations and advocacy development for innovative organisations for over 23 years. Her leadership roles have developed vital relationships and networks between industry, government, business and media.

Meg Allan

Meg Allan

Founder and Chair

Meg’s commitment to rural futures is not limited to her professional role. She’s also a co-founder of the Wilderness Collective Mallacoota, a community-led project propelling the community towards a self-determined and sustainable future and a non-executive director of the East Gippsland Community Foundation. Meg’s experience includes community leadership, rural entrepreneurship, network development and collaboration to drive positive change in rural areas.

Dr Tricia Hiley

Dr Tricia Hiley

Founder & Vice President

Tricia holds a PhD in Business, a Masters degree in Organisational Change and Development and undergraduate specialisation in Sociology. Her career has included employment in government, industry and university sectors as well as running her own small management consulting business. Tricia is an innovator – from co-founding Canada’s first association for Computing Educators to co-founding the OASES Graduate School.

Bel Temby

Bel Temby

Founder & Treasurer

Bel is an experienced business owner and a serial volunteer.  She is excited about harnessing information technology to make organisations more visible, more profitable and to spread the word about their work.  She has 18 years experience leading social justice projects specialising in strategic planning, project management, grant writing and stakeholder engagement.  Bel’s specialisations include Social Science, Marketing and Business Management.   

Rebecca Steenholdt

Rebecca Steenholdt

Board Member

Rebecca’s focus on regional representation, community engagement and development. Experienced logistics and business operations. Skilled in stakeholder engagement, communications, marketing and customer service. Strong team, program and project management professional.

Mary O'Malley

Mary O'Malley

Founder

With over 30 years of experience in media and communications, Mary has a proven track record in launching successful online channels and businesses from scratch. Her expertise extends to translating complex R&D into accessible content, rooted in a diverse background that spans print journalism and television documentary production. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Mary is dedicated to mentorship, using her leadership skills to make a significant impact in rural environments.

Our Partners

We are immensely thankful to all of the organisations who supported us in establishing the Wilderness Collective and our endeavours to make Mallacoota thrive. We are interested in partnering with others that share the same vision and are keen to support our communities in writing and managing their own futures.