Olivia Barlow (President)

Olivia grew up in nearby Rushworth and attended boarding school in Ballarat before undertaking her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne. Olivia has only recently returned to the GV at the start of 2017,  commencing as a Graduate Lawyer with Dawes & Vary Riordan.


Olivia volunteers at the GVCLC and also likes to spend her time doing yoga, hiking and playing golf (or at least attempting to). Olivia enjoys the inclusive atmosphere of being in a regional area and believes the GVYP is essential for encouraging young professionals to move to the GV and ensuring they get the most out of their time in the region.

Harriet Bawden (Vice President)

Recently arrived on Goulburn Valley soil, Harriet works at Murray Dairy on the Accelerating Change project, which is focused on improving the efficiency, profitability and resilience of the dairy industry in the region.


Harriet grew up in Melbourne but has been on the move since her university days, studying a Bachelor of Communications between Melbourne University and McGill University in Canada, and then a Master of Sustainability at the University of New England, in NSW.


Harriet sees the GVYP as an organisation that can support the collaboration and formation of community among young people representing varied social and cultural groups in the region.

D'Arcy McDonald (Secretary)

D’Arcy was born and raised in the Goulburn Valley. She attended Deakin University, first in Warrnambool and then Geelong, studying a Bachelor of Law/Commerce. Since returning to the Goulburn Valley, D’Arcy has worked as a lawyer with Morrison and Sawers. D’Arcy is
passionate about yoga, food and books. On the weekend you’ll most often find her drinking coffee, reading or out on the tennis court.

D’Arcy began attending GVYP events to reconnect with other young people in the Goulburn Valley. She believes strongly in community involvement and sees the GVYP as a positivevehicle through which like-minded individuals can meet and make friends.

Mathew Morley (Treasurer)

Mat grew up in Goolwa South Australia, he then studied Civil engineering at the University of Adelaide. After university he moved to the Goulburn Valley for a job with Girdwood Contracting. He has been with the company since 2016 and is now one of the company’s project managers.


Mat started attending GVYP events when he first moved to the area and found it to be a great way to meet people in his new town. He believes it is a great organisation for welcoming and retaining people in the region and for this reason he joined the committee in 2018.

Meaghan Thompson (Social Media and Communications)

Meaghan was born and raised in Wodonga and moved to the Goulburn Valley in 2015 by way of Wangaratta. After obtaining her Bachelor Degree in Nursing at La Trobe University, Wodonga she went on to gain a post graduate certificate in Nursing Practice - Rural Critical Care from the University of Melbourne.


Meaghan is a Critical Care Registered Nurse who works in Emergency department and Intensive Care Unit at Goulburn Valley Health. Meaghan is a great lover of all things musical theatre and movies, and believes there's nothing better than settling down with a glass of wine and a good book!


Meaghan is a big believer that organisations like the GVYP’s encourage young professionals to live in regional areas and offer easy accessibility to social activities.

Glen Daniel (Committee Member)

Glen grew up in Shepparton and after completing secondary school, started working as an accountant for a local accounting firm. After many years of experience working in accounting, Glen has recently taken on a management role in private industry for a local family business.

Glen studied at Latrobe University at the Shepparton Campus and completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and then went on to undertake further studies and completed his CPA qualification.


Glen believes the GVYP events are a great way for people to socialise and make new friends, especially for those new to the area. Glen has been attending the GVYP events for some time and has made many great friendships with people met at the events.

Varun Sarup (Committee Member)

Brought up in the country and moved to Shepparton at the end of 2018. 


A Financial Planner by trade who enjoys assisting a broad range of clientele meet their financial goals. Busy studying to achieve his Masters in Financial Planning to help provide his clients with great advice. 


Also a not so secret lover of burgers. May have once travelled 3 hours to attend a burger festival. Enjoy keeping active and travelling in his spare time. 


Proud owner of one adopted greyhound called Hogan. 

Pauline Eldridge (Committee Member)



Mix and Mingle

When: Thursday 13th Feb

Where: Downtown, 47 High St

Cost: $35 -Cockatil & Dinner

RSVP: Mon 10th Feb

Lawn Bowls

When: Friday 28th Feb

Where: Shepparton Bowls Club, 15 Golf DVE

Cost: $25 BBQ dinner & Bowls - CASH BAR ONLY

RSVP: Wed 26th Feb

MARCH 2020


Details TBC




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