Name: Peter Abbott

Role: Judge

Chief Executive Officer at Bendigo Heritage Attractions overseeing a diverse range of businesses that include Central Deborah Gold Mine, Bendigo Tramways and Bendigo Joss House. Previously based in Warrnambool managing accommodation, museum and visitor services for Warrnambool City Council.

Peter also oversaw the operation of Middle Island Maremma Project that uses maremma dogs to protect the local penguin colony from fox attack – this project was made into the movie Oddball with Peter overseeing the balance between tourism and environmental protection through the movies production and promotion. Before this role Peter held positions as a Regional Tourism Manager with South Australian Tourism Commission, also Event Operations Manager at Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.