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Maree Gooch (Chair) - Falcon
Debbie Dowden – Mt Magnet

d_dowden.jpgDebbie is a keen horsewoman who has always had a strong interest in agriculture and community. For the last twenty something years she has raised a family on a half million acre cattle station in the struggling Southern Rangelands region with her husband who is also very active in the community.

Debbie's four children were all educated through the School of the Air system and her youngest child is the last one left at home; the older ones are either at Boarding School or University.

Debbie is herself, a teacher. She has been involved with local education for twenty years and currently works part time as an In-School Coach for Explicit Direct Instruction. She also helps to run the family business and breeds and trains Morgan horses.

Debbie's diverse interests and experience range from education, aviation to country racing. Once a keen aviator, she worked at the Royal Aero Club of WA where she met her husband. Prior to that she was a private racehorse trainer to a Turf Club committeeman whilst working her way through university where she studied English, Anthropology and finally, Education. She is still involved with local racing and active in a number of other community groups.

Debbie was appointed to the RRR Network Reference Group in February 2016.

Maria Bolten Magnay - Kununurra
Renee Ellis - Geraldton
Lyn Farrell - Bunbury
Jackie Jarvis (Deputy Chair) - Margaret River
Liz Jones - Kalgoorlie
Renee Manning - Merredin
Fiona Palmer - Pingaring
Tori Castledine - Esperance
​Brenda Garstone - Kununurra


Past Reference Gro​up members