Always following what felt right and not always the easy road, Debra took over the lease of Welchman Hall Gully in March 2007.

Since achieving a BA in Environmental Studies and a MSc in Ethno Botany (study of people and plants), she has been working in the field of environmental education since 1998. When the lease came up for Welchman Hall Gully, Debra jumped at the chance to pursue her passionate interest, namely to get the gully up and running as a prime nature based tourist attraction and to develop it as a Biodiversity/Educational Centre.
She is concerned that in order for the environment to be protected and nurtured, it is very important to introduce children to nature at an early age.