Meet the Wattle Day Association Committee

Committee (2023-24)

President; Dr Suzette Searle (since 13 August 2019)
Vice-President: Mike Gilmour (since 2021)
Secretary: Vacancy
Treasurer: Judy Tunningley
Public Officer: Suzette Searle

Member: Greg Blood
Member: Denis Brown
Member: Vacancy

Communication and website: Suzette Searle


Photo of most members of the 2022-23 committee :

Mr Florence Fahy was awarded Life Membership of the Wattle Day Association on 6 March 2023.

Florence has volunteered tirelessly with the WDA since its formation in 1998.

Here she is joined by four of the six other WDA committee members.
Left to right: Blake Kuiper, Suzette Searle Florence Fahy, Judy Tunningley and John Owen

(Terry Fewtrell was taking the photo and Mike Gilmore was zooming in from Brisbane)

L to R: Judy Tunningley (Treasurer) , Mark Tunningley, Suzette Searle (President), Dawn Waterhouse (sitting), Christine Julian and Phillip Kodela (WDA committee member)
Committee members and friends at the National Arboretum Canberra
on Sat. 29 August 2020 raising awareness of National Wattle Day with their ‘Wattle in a Bottle” display.


President: Suzette Searle enjoying the wattle glow
at Parliament House Canberra (5 June 2022)


Vice President: Mike Gilmour leading a wattle tour
at Mt Coot-tha botanic gardens Brisbane (2020)

Secretary: Terry Fewtrell was WDA President for 12 years (2007-2019)


Treasurer: Judy Tunningley

Judy Tunningley with Acacia pycnantha – Australia’s national floral emblem

L to R: Jack & Florence Fahy (founders) and Terry Fewtrell (2013)

Photo: ©S.D. Searle

Yvette Berry MLA with basket of Wattle at a 2015 Citizenship Ceremony

L to R: Florence Fahy, Terry Fewtrell, students (2), Yvette Berry, Judy Tunningley and Jack Fahy

Photo: Mark Tunningley


Representing the Wattle Day Association at Government House, Dawn Waterhouse – Friend of the Wattle Day Association since 1998 and life-long lover of wattle and advocate for the celebration of National Wattle Day – is greeted by The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia is His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) for the celebration of National Wattle Day 2020.