Peter grew up on a farm near Nanango in Queensland. After studying at Gatton College he worked in the Queensland Government for 25 years as an extension officer focusing on native vegetation management strategies on farms. He moved to Tasmania in 2007 to take on the role of Manager Natural Values Conservation in the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, before retiring in 2018. He has been involved in landcare and land management since the late 1970s and is presently chair of West Tamar Landcare Group. He is also Chair of Cradle Coast NRM, a Director on the Cradle Coast Authority Board, Director representing Tasmania on the NRM Regions Australia Board, and a Director on the Landcare Tasmania Board.
Peter has a lifelong connection to landcare as a community movement. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to vegetation management in Queensland. He has broad experience in practical land and vegetation management as well as experience as a farmer and community volunteer.