The wonderful people who are the backbone of our organisation


Tracey cooper - Community facilitator

“The natural world provides everything we need in life and it is our greatest teacher.”

Tracey has spent over 20 years action researching the process of sustainable community building including work in film, early intervention programs, performing arts, environmental education, detox and healing, athlete sport and recreation while coordinating The Valley Centre’s projects.

April crawford-Smith - Project Manager

“My passion in this life is helping people to reconnect with their roots in nature and themselves. Through creative expression, proactivity and constructive action, contributing to making the world a better place.”

April has been working in the environmental campaigning and community organising sector for many years, with experience in creative community performance nights and is a co-founder of Pingala – Community Renewables for Sydney, building community owned and run solar farms.



Lydia grossmann - communications manager

“I love connecting people from all fields of life to create a foundation for humankind by uniting every individuals’ skills, passions and talents.”

Lydia has a background English Languages, Literature, History and Cultural Studies, working in Public Relations and the Arts in Berlin, leading projects such as the Australia Pavilion in the Venice Biennale. In Australia, she has been Team Coordinator for the NBN. Lydia brings the arts and culture to The Valley Centre, coordinating projects and building relationships between the sustainability and art world.

Katie crawford-smith - events

“I love everything about the earth and nature and what it can provide us. I believe this needs to be cherished and nurtured so we can give the most we can and in turn gain, as much as we can.”

Katie’s background is in Catering & Events Management; through her skills and experience of events she wishes to build awareness, share the visions and projects of the Valley Centre to as many people as possible. Her parent’s background in sustainable communities and environmental protection has inspired her to follow in their footsteps.



zondrya vyncent - programs coordinator

“I believe that humanity have the power to rebuild our wrongs and create a positive future for all.”

Zondrya has a background in marketing and communications in English and Australian based companies. Recently she left this life to undertake a much more grounded, purposeful path of art therapy, shamanism and working with young people to bring about healing, empowerment and connection. She is a soft and strong asset to the team, with a conscious perspective of the world.