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Elke Tapley 

Community Laws Officer, East Gippsland Shire Council

Elke's career spans many aspects, with Animal Management being the largest and fastest growing proportion.

Her experience in Local Government spans  23 years and includes the on-road roles of Municipal Laws Officer and Municipal Laws Project Officer with Nillumbik Shire Council and her most recent role in the largest municipality of Victoria, working on the road and on projects including website restructure. 

Commencing as Coordinator with Knox in 2006 and moving across to country Victoria in Broadford to take on her Mitchell role has given her a broad understanding of changing demographics. Elke holds an Advanced Diploma in Business Management, Diploma in Business (Frontline Management) and a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.

Involved regionally, Elke is an Administrator of the VicRangers Forum, a committee member of the Victorian Emergency Animal Welfare Committee and a member of the LGPro Statutory Services Special Interest Group. She was also a member of the UAM/AVA ‘AMO Team of the Year’ in 2001.

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Nell Thompson

Coordinator Getting 2 Zero

Nell has been on the AIAM Committee since 2013 and has worked in the animal welfare, care and veterinary sectors for over 20 years. 

 Nell is the Coordinator of the national Getting 2 Zero program where her background in shelter/pound operations and management and animal health is a great resource for Councils, shelters and all groups and individuals involved in the program.

 Nell is passionate about improving outcomes for pets who enter the shelter and pound systems and strongly believes that the best results occur when animal welfare and animal management are working together towards the same goals.



Sharleen Jordan BSc Dip Ed Dip LGA

Lecturer, Local Govt/Animal Studies Central Regional TAFE.,WA 

Sharleen is an ASL2 (Advanced Skills Lecturer) for Central Regional TAFE (WA) who has been conducting training for the Local Government and Animal Studies sectors since 1996. 

Her teachings incorporate a wide scope of Nationally Accredited subjects including animal behaviour, management and control, reptile handling, livestock, emergency management, firearms, and more. 

Sharleen has almost ten years of service on the WA Rangers Association committee and represents them on this AIAM committee; as well as a presence on several other committees. She has worked with Animal Control in the USA and is currently conducting training and undertaking various projects with Animal Control in Malaysia. Sharleen has a vast international network of officers and through this network is able to uphold her principles of teaching “Current International Best Practice” with a strong focus on Animal Welfare and Occupational Health and Safety

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Sharon McTaggart

Regulatory Services Manager – Litchfield Council 

Originally from Western Australia, Sharon has been in the Northern Territory for the past 6 years, working as the Animal Management Supervisor for the City of Darwin until moving into her current role as Regulatory Services Manager for the Litchfield Council.

During the past year, Sharon has initiated several responsible pet ownership initiatives through Council including free microchipping, $100 de-sexing vouchers and a dog awareness educational program for schools. She works actively with rescue groups and has managed to achieve a pound euthanasia rate of less than 2% for the Litchfield Council.

Sharon is passionate about animal management and has identified many issues in the Northern Territory such as the lack of legislation to support local councils in the management of domestic animals, high euthanasia rates of impounded animals, the lack of relevant industry training available for Rangers and also the lack of consistency and direction across neighbouring councils with By-laws and animal management in general.


Nishu Ellawala

Coordinator Local Laws, Rockhampton City Council

Nishu has worked in Local Government both in New Zealand and Australia for over 15 years, leading large multidisciplinary development & compliance services teams in building, planning & environment and local laws.

Nishu is passionate about animal management with a key focus on community education and community partnerships to improve responsible pet ownership, the well-being of animals and that of the community. 




Melanie Dansie

Supervisor Local Laws - Rockhampton Regional Council

Melanie has over a decade’s experience in animal management and became an AIAM committee member in 2017.

With a background in agriculture, dog obedience and show, Melanie has been an integral part of developing and implementing new processes and community based programs to promote responsible pet ownership.

Creating networks within the industry to create a collaborative approach for all to deliver the best product for our customers is a key focus.

 Melanie is the inaugural recipient of the Compass Group Young Manager of the Year award in 2006 and has a reputation for efficient service delivery, with a strong focus on community safety. 



Brenton Thomass

Community Safety Leader, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, SA

Brenton has over 15 years' experience in local government including 8 years' experience as a General Inspector for City of Salisbury, 2 years as Team Leader Ranger Services at City of Burnside and for the past 4 years Community Safety Leader at City of Port Adelade Enfield. Brenton has been a member of the Local Government Authorised Persons Association for 6 years including last 5 years as Vice-President and conference co-ordinator. Brenton has a Diploma of Management and Cert IV in Local Government (Regulatory Services) Brenton's works on the 3 E's principle being "engage, educate and enforce" for animal management in the community.  


Ann-Marie Plasto

Leading Pound Officer Local Laws, Cairns Regional Council 

Ann-Marie joined Cairns Regional Council in 2015 in the small out dated pound facility but this never stopped her dreaming of making changes from the moment she stepped into the kennels. Making leading pound officer within 18months she used her tertiary studies including two Degrees, skills gained from other facilities and sheer determination to improve the facility for the sake of the animals. Working in other larger shelters and boarding facilities around the region Ann-Marie gained a sound understanding of the range of public requirements from a council run facility. Although she is still young in her Council career every day is a learning curve and there is no one better to take up the challenge.  


Tina Martin

Animal Management Supervisor, Cairns Regional Council 

Tina Martin has had over 25 years’ experience in the animal welfare and animal management field. Starting off her career with RSPCA,she worked in a range of positions from vet nursing to shelter manager all up and down the Queensland Coast. This diversity of positions and locations for 14 years gave Tina an immense understanding of animal management issues faced by many communities. Tina now brings her wealth of knowledge to Cairns Regional Council as their Animal Management Supervisor.


Dr. Brooke Rankmore

CEO, Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities

Brooke took up the role of CEO with AMRRIC in February 2018. With a passion for rural and remote Australia, Brooke has lived and worked in the Northern Territory for 20 years.

Brooke has a Bachelor of Science with Honours, a Doctor of Philosophy and extensive experience in conservation and natural resources management across the Top End. She completed the Australian Rural Leadership Program in 2010 and among other roles has held the position of Manager of Regulatory Services with the City of Darwin, overseeing Councils regulation of animal management.

Brooke is currently a Board Director of Territory Natural Resource Management and Bereaved Parent Support Northern Territory. 

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