James has been Managing Director of GreenCon since 1996, following in the footsteps of his father Lawrie.
Born and raised in Cobden, James achieved his Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Ballarat and has additional qualifications in nutrient management systems.
James is a dedicated contributor to the local community. He has been president of the Cobden Community Bank since 2010 and board member since 2006, spent seven years as an executive member of the Hampden football Netball League and is a past president of the Cobden Sports Club.
James is a current member, life member and past president of Port Campbell Surf life Saving Club and was on the Cobden Safety House Committee and Airstrip Committee for 10 years. He is a past president of Cobden Football Netball Club, and a past director of JANA Jobs and the National Committee for Development of Youth Employment. James is also a past Victorian state president for Apex and was youth chairman of Apex Australia for 3 years.
He has also volunteered his engineering, construction and project management skills to assist Apex community developments projects in Bangladesh and The Philippines.
James’ community service hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2018 he was named the inaugural winner of the Westvic Dairy Service Provider Award and he has also been named Surf Life Saving Volunteer Trainer of the Year, Corangamite Citizen of the Year, was chosen for the Sydney Olympic Torch Relay and in 2015 won the Rick Scroggie Memorial Award for his contribution to local sport.
For James, the best part of GreenCon is being able to support the local community and families.
“I’m proud that we’re able to employ up to 30 people, allowing these families to successfully live in regional Victoria,” he says.
In 1956 Lawrie started his working career alongside his father Alf in AW Green and sons. He branched out in 1964 to form LH & TO Green PL, the forerunner of GreenCon.
Today Lawrie remains a vital part of the business, lending his experience and expertise as a Director.
Lawrie’s community contribution is immense. He is a life member of Cobden Apex Club and Cobden Football Netball Club, a recipient of the Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth Council Recognition Award and a former Cobden Golf Club president, vice-president and captain who remains an active member today.
Lawrie was on the Camperdown High School Board from1972 – 1977 and Cobden Technical School board1979 – 1983 and was Cobden Recreation Reserve Chairman from 1970 – 1982. He continues to serve as a Cobden Red Cross member.
In 1961 Lawrie married Thelma who shared his passion for contributing to the community with contributions as Cobrico Tennis Club Secretary, Cobden golf Club Handicapper, match committee member, vice-president and president for three years. Thelma was also on the Women’s Golf Victoria Board and served as treasurer for six years. Thelma continues as a member of the Western District Golf Board, a role she has held since 2015.
A new century meant a new job in a new town for Wayne who joined GreenCon as commercial manager in 2000. Wayne relocated from Melbourne to Cobden with his wife Trish, who is James’ sister, to take up the position. He previously worked with fruit processing company Chiquita and had been in office management and accounting roles for 12 years at Rio Tinto.
As commercial manager, Wayne is responsible for GreenCon’s accounting, OH&S, IT and HR management.
A carpenter by trade, Damon augmented his manual skills by completing a building design and construction course at Gordon Institute in Geelong.
Damon started working “on the tools” with GreenCon in 2011 before progressing to operations coordinator and more recently into his design-specific role.
With the vast majority of major projects now requiring council approval, Damon is responsible for preparing and submitting relevant plans and documentation.
With nearly 45 years’ experience, Ian is one of GreenCon’s longest-serving staff members. Ian’s start with the company was simple enough – he simply visited Lawrie Green at home and asked for a job. “It’s changed a lot. Back in those days we had pick and shovel, now it’s all machines which have made it a lot easier and the outcomes a lot better. It’s grown as well; when I started there were seven or eight staff, now we have about 30.
Ian’s role mostly involves inspecting projects to ensure quality control and that customers are 100 per cent satisfied.