To inspire and nurture scientific curiosity.
- Promote the wonders of science and technology.
- Be interactive, informative and entertaining.
- Provide opportunities for the development of scientific literacy and capability.
The Discovery Science & Technology Centre is a not for profit incorporated association. Officially established on 31 October 1995, Discovery was Australia’s first science and technology centre outside of a major metropolitan area.
The concept of a science centre in Bendigo was fostered by the Industry and Education Consortium and was strongly supported by the Government of Victoria and the City of Greater Bendigo.
This and other significant corporate support allowed Discovery to open in the heritage listed Railway Goods Building, a building externally restored for the City of Greater Bendigo by Woolworths Limited.
Since its inception, Discovery has moved forward in leaps and bounds. Each year Discovery sees more than 28,000 visitors come through its doors - that’s equivalent to one out of every twenty Victorian students. These visitors include more than 200 school groups.
2015/2016 Annual Report (PDF download)
Committee of Management
Dr Katherine Legge, PhD (President)
Dr Katherine Legge is an Associate Professor in Physics at La Trobe University. Katherine’s initial research interests were in musical acoustics and included optimisation procedures for the design of musical structures. Katherine has over thirty years experience as a university academic and has held various Associate Dean positions around teaching and learning and involving regional campuses. She has a keen interest in the design and delivery of science programs, technology mediated delivery and providing accessible pathways to learning. Katherine lives in Bendigo.
Ann Lansberry, MEng, GAICD (Vice President)
Ann Lansberry is CEO of the Community Foundation for Central Victoria. A Chemical Engineer by training, before moving into philanthropy, Ann has spent 20 years working in the Water Industry in both the UK and Australia managing treatment and distribution facilities as well as implementing IT and culture change projects. With a passion for local food and sustainability Ann is currently President of the Bendigo Community Farmers Market. She has served on the Boards of Radius Disability Services and BendiGO Tap. Ann also holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and qualifications in the Neuroscience of Leadership. Ann has three kids who all love science and she lives here in Bendigo.
Tom Seddon, BA JD (Secretary)
Tom Seddon was Director of Discovery Science & Technology Centre and CEO of The Bendigo Trust from 2005 – 14. Previously Director of the 2004 World Health Promotion Conference and the 2001 International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, Tom also edited Title XXII of The Laws of Australia. He has served on the committees of Monash University School of Rural Health, Bendigo+25, the Tourism Task Force, and as Chair or President of the Rotary Club of Bendigo, Central Victorian Community Foundation, Bendigo Tourism and other organisations. Tom lives in Melbourne.
David Andrew FCA (Treasurer)
David is a Chartered Accountant who has been in public practice for 50 years and has had extensive experience with listed public companies as a Director and Secretary and in particular the development of resource based companies.
Felicity Binks B.App.Sci (Metallurgy), Grad. Dip. Environmental Management, and Community Super Intendent, Fosterville Gold Mine.
Felicia has been the Environment and Community Superintendent for the past four years and is responsible for all communication and consultation with the local community. Felicia is the Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia’s Environment and Community working group in Victoria and has recently completed an Advanced Leadership Program with Women & Leadership Australia. Felicia has worked as a metallurgist in many different mining operations across the country and overseas and lived for one year in Northern Ontario, Canada with her family before returning to her home state of Victoria. Felicia lives with her family in Bendigo.
Dr Annie Duncan, PhD DLitt (Hon), Formerly Director, Questacon - the National Science & Technology Centre, and Director, Scitech Discovery Centre.
Dr Annie Duncan has a PhD in Biochemistry and spent many years teaching and undertaking medical research at Universities in WA and Italy. Annie has worked with Our Community in Melbourne editing a newsletter for business on corporate social responsibility. Annie has been on the boards of NFPs in WA, ACT and Victoria including the Cancer Council, State Training Board and Family Planning, and the National Board of Fit for Work. She is also a former chair of The Australian Communities Foundation. Annie lives most of the time in Daylesford, where she teaches Italian with U3A.
Sarah Gee, LL.B (Hon), BMgmt
Sarah Gee is a lawyer with Robertson Hyetts practising in business and commercial law. Sarah has previously worked with Legal Aid ACT and continues to work with many not-for-profit organisations. She often gives seminars to educate boards on their legal and contractual obligations. Sarah also assists her community by volunteering for mentoring programs, including a student support service at University of Canberra and with Victorian Women Lawyers. Sarah practises law in Bendigo and Castlemaine. (Sarah Gee joined the board in July 2016).
Katie Johnson, B.Bus
Katie is a founding director of ESE Consulting in Bendigo and has many years experience working in recruitment, human resources and training. She holds a degree in Business, majoring in Marketing and Human Resource Management. Katie also has qualifications as a MBTI and DISC Facilitator and OH&S Supervisor.
Jonathan Ridnell B.Ag., ex officio (General Manager)
Jonathan’s agricultural career came to an abrupt halt in 1987 when he joined the national broadcaster. In 28 years with the ABC he has undertaken production, presentation, mentoring and management roles in regional and local radio, including representing the ABC on the Loddon Mallee Regional Emergency Management Planning Committee for 6 years. Since February he has had the honour to manage Discovery. His community involvement is varied from being part of the Ulumbarra Theatre opening to being a member of the House and Finance Committee of the Bendigo District RSL. He has a mathematician wife and three daughters. One in IT, another just completed a science degree and his youngest daughter is currently learning skills in the hospitality industry.