Ross Suares

Chair: Ross Suares

Ross is a 4th generation farmer, having worked in both beef and dairy farming, and currently is the owner of Calderbrae Holstein's at Larpent. Ross also works as a specialist dairy livestock agent with DLS.  

Ross trained as a mental retardation nurse, and worked for over 10 years as a disability professional.

He is currently a national  delegate with Holstein Australia, Deputy Chairman of Herd Improvement Cooperative Australia, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

As the parent of a daughter with a disability, Ross maintains a strong commitment to the continued development of quality, local services to the Otway region.

David Schram

Vice Chair: David Schram

David worked for PMG/Telstra from administration to technical installations for 32 years, before completing 7 years with Leisure Networks as the Access for all Abilities coordinator for Colac.

David is in his 21st year on the Executive of the Colac Sportsman's Club raising funds for junior sports people. David has also received life memberships in 4 sporting organisations. For the past 6 years he has been working part time in weed and vermin control in the family business and trying to retire and travel.

John Scarrot

Treasurer: John Scarrott

John is a qualified accountant and is registered with ASCPA, he has a Bachelor of Health and a Bachelor of Business. He was a Health Service Administrator and is currently employed as Consultant in health related fields.

John is a member of Rotary Club of Colac West (past president) and a member of Colac & District Football Umpires Association (past president).

Ed Morrissy

Ed Morrissy

Ed started his professional career as a spray painter at Laneways panels.  Since then he has gone on to complete a Diploma in Financial Planning, Advanced Diploma of Management, Certificate IV Finance & Mortgage brokering & Certificate IV General Insurance Broker.  He has professional membership of FBAA (Finance Brokers Association of Australia), FPA (the Financial Planning Association of Australia) and FOS (Financial Ombudsman's Service).

Ed enjoys time with his family, improving his golf technique, gardening and partnering with groups to fund-raise for Colac organisations such as Anam Cara House, Imperial Football Team, Colac Golf Club and Colac South West Primary School.  He has been very involved in other community roles, being on the Colac South-West Primary School Council for 14 years, Colac Golf Club Committee for 8 years and Colac Recreation Reserve Committee for 4 years.

 Mary Carew

 Mary Carew

Mary has a Bachelor of Education (Primary), Deakin University and a Special Resource teaching certificate; she taught for around 32 years before retiring. Since Mary retired she has become more involved in the family's cattle breeding enterprise. Mary also enjoys travelling to the outback and teaching outback children through VISE (Volunteer for Isolated Students Education).

In addition to this she volunteers as a visitor for Hesse Rural Health Services, is a member of VIEW (Voice/Interest/Education of Woman), she volunteers to teach English to Refugees and finally is a member of U3A (University of the Third Age). 

 George Roberts

 George Roberts

Henry George Roberts O.A.M. was elected to the CODA board in 2003.  He is a qualified carpenter, former Building Inspector and worked in the building industry for 30 years.

George is an involved Grandfather who is  also interested in Pony Club and Football.

He is an active volunteer across the Colac district involved with many local organisations including Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, and the Colac Recreation Reserve. George is also a Court Networker in Colac and Geelong and is also a registered Justice of the Peace.


 Karen Brady

Karen has a professional background in financial and regulatory areas of government and the private sector.

Her interests currently include raising her two boys, walking and travelling.  She was a long term member of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve and since 2011 has volunteered to co-ordinate the ex-unit members march and reunion on ANZAC day, which takes place in Adelaide.

 Miffy Shelton

 Miffy Shelton

Miffy has an extensive professional history working for the Department of Education, Colac Area Health, CRF (Colac-Otway), and is currently Practice Manager of Corangamite Clinic.

Previously Miffy has been involved with local sporting, church & P&F groups, but currently she is enjoying spending time with her family, trying her hand at cooking and keeping fit.