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Meet the team

ALAN CLOKE – Chairman

Alan worked his way-up through corporate life and retired as General Manager in 1992 after 38 years with Australia’s largest Steel Founding Corporation. He has served in directorship roles with Taren Point and Soldiers Point Bowling Clubs and along with his volunteering work at Salamander Bay Recycling, he continues to enjoy the sport.

Alan has been in the Bay area for 28 years and became a Board member in 2007, where he has been Chairman since 2008.

DENNIS STOKES – Vice Chairman

Now fully retired, Dennis started his career in the Royal Australian Navy and left the service in 1967 having achieved the rank of Petty Officer Communications.

Having spent most of his career in the Electronics industry, Dennis moved to Nelson Bay with his wife in 1999.

He was invited to join the Board of Salamander Bay Recycling in 2013 and currently holds the position of Vice-Chairman.

SANDRA BALL – Secretary

Sandra and her family moved to Soldiers Point in 1973.

Her career has been primarily spent in the Tourism and Public Relations sectors but as a retiree; she has taken a more-avid interest in our local environment and is an active member of numerous community-focused initiatives.

Sandra joined the Board of Salamander Bay Recycling in 1995 and currently holds the position of Secretary.

VAL STEWART – Assistant Secretary

Val’s Human Resources career was principally within the Australian and American multi-national telecommunications industries as Director/General Manager of HR within the Australasian region.

Val has been a permanent resident in the Bay area since 2014 and has owned property locally since the early 2000s. She joined the Board of Salamander Bay Recycling in December 2015 and currently holds the position of Assistant Secretary.


Ian is a retired engineer and joined the Board of Salamander Bay Recycling in November 2016.

Following a 35 year career in the RAAF as an aircraft engineering officer and project manager; Ian has subsequently provided consultancy and management services to both Government and the private sector.

Ian has a specific interest in ensuring governance compliance and at a Board level, he is actively involved with helping to improve the services and support that Salamander Bay Recycling provides to the Port Stephens community.

BADEN MILNE – Director

Prior to moving to Australia in 1967, Baden went to school and completed a Carpentry apprenticeship in his native New Zealand.

After a successful career in the Building industry, he retired in 2007 and joined the Salamander Bay Men’s Shed; where he held the role of Treasurer and was also a Committee member for 10 years.

Baden has been a Board member for Salamander Bay Recycling since 2012.


Ross is now fully retired but owned and operated a successful, Newcastle-based Air Conditioning business for over 20 years.

He and his wife moved to the Port Stephens area in 1987; and over that time, he served as a Director of the Soldiers Point Bowling Club for many years and is still an active member.

Ross has been a Salamander Bay Recycling Board member for the past 7 years.


An ordained Deacon in the Anglican Church since 2010; Elisabeth is married to Ian and has two sons. She is passionate about the environment, recycling, social justice and the provision of improved care for the less-fortunate in society.

Currently a Disability Support Worker, she spends her time working with local people and enjoys encouraging them to seek their independence.

Elisabeth, who moved to Nelson Bay in 1983, has been a Board member since 2000.


Salamander Bay Recycling relies heavily on the contributions made by our wonderful volunteers.

If you are a genuine individual and looking to spend a few hours each week with interesting, community-spirited people; then we'd be happy to get you involved.
Contact us on 02 4984 6244 or pop in and chat with one of our friendly counter staff; by doing so, you’ll be giving a little of your time whilst gaining a lot new experiences.