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143 Murray St, Colac VIC 3250
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Our Team

John Carbury

John is a Director of Otway Optical and enjoys making lenses that others say cannot be made. 

John qualified in Optical Surfacing and Fitting from RMIT in 1992. He has worked in several corporate optical stores prior to Otway Optical in 2002.

John enjoys riding his motorcycles, both dirt and road bikes, as well as spending time with his wife and three sons. John also coaches junior football and encourages his sons to play sport.

Jodie Carbury

Jodie is also Director of Otway Optical and is the Chief Financial Officer. 

Jodie previously worked at Westpac Bank. She also helps at the storefront from time to time.

Tanya Mallon

Tanya has over 16 years experience managing Optometry Practices. She has completed several industry-based courses through the Australian College of Optometry. Tanya has previously worked at OPSM, Vision Crest and Otway Optical.

In 2013, Tanya was awarded Employee of the Month in the Colac Otway Shire Business Awards. Currently, Tanya is Practice Manager for Otway Optical, an independent Optometry Practice in Western Victoria.

Tanya was previously an A-Grade Netballer and enjoys assisting at Western Eagles football/netball club. She also enjoys watching her three children play basketball, football and netball.

Leigh Plowman

Leigh Plowman and his family moved to the Western District in 2012. 

Leigh’s first eye examination was as a four year old. At the time, his parents noticed that he was distracted at kinder. His Optometrist found that Leigh needed glasses for longsightedness. He also successfully completed eye patching for a lazy eye. 

Leigh chose to pursue Optometry as a career in order to put back into the profession. He graduated with a Bachelor of Optometry (Therapeutic Endorsement) from the University of Melbourne in 2006. 

Following graduation, Leigh worked at Acuity Eyecare in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne until 2011.

Leigh joined Otway Optical in 2012 and enjoys forming relationships with the community. 

Leigh likes to think of the eyes in context to you as a person, as a holistic approach to any eye problems. 

In  2016, Leigh was featured in the Colac Herald in an article: 'Routine eye testing averts man's stroke'

Leigh is a member of Optometry Australia and helps coordinate ongoing education meetings with Optometrists in Geelong. 

Leigh is a keen cyclist. He also enjoys photography, online marketing and spending time with his young family.

Mary Knight

Mary Knight grew up in Colac, attending Colac Primary School, Colac High School and Trinity College. She played in several bands and ensembles during her studies. 

Mary’s first eye test came in early High School. She sat up the back of the class and struggled to see the whiteboard. Her mother would point out street signs and see how long it took for Mary to recognise them. 

As a child, Mary wanted to be an Astronomer or a Physicist. She has always had a love for maths and science. Mary knew that she wanted to study locally. She developed an interest in Optometry. Mary received an offer for Deakin University Waurn Ponds’ new Optometry course.

During Optometry School, Mary realised how sensitive her eyes were. Mary had a reputation for having the most sensitive eyes in her cohort. She struggled to put any eyedrops or contact lenses in. Mary empathizes with anyone who has sensitive eyes. 

Mary’s parents were local business owners in Colac, and she enjoyed assisting from time to time. 

In her Gap Year, Mary completed a Certificate III in Business at Westvic Staffing Solutions. Mary gained business skills and general life skills. 

Mary Knight enjoys playing multiple musical instruments, and has been a member of the Colac City Band for many years. She is a leader of a Youth Group part of Synergy Christian Church. 

Mary enjoys strategy-based computer games and hopes to compete professionally one day. 

Mary enjoys Dad jokes, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Kathryn Plant

Kathryn has over 14 years optical experience, previously working at Vision Crest in Colac. Kathryn qualified with Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing from RMIT in 2005. Kathryn enjoys helping everyone from children to adults. Kathryn enjoys spending time with her young family, including camping and walking.

Jacqueline Coverdale

Jacqui loves finding a great looking frame for each person she meets. 

Jacqui started working at Otway Optical in 2016. 

Jacqui grew up on a dairy farm in South Purrumbeet. She attended high school in Camperdown to Year 12. 

Jacqui has experience of more than eighteen years in Healthcare, including Practice Management. 

She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.

Deb Cahill

Deb enjoys helping people, finding new fashion ideas and working alongside her colleagues. She loves hearing how people enjoy their new glasses, and the compliments they receive from family and friends.

Deb is a Colac local, and has three kids and a happy husband.

She previously worked for over ten years as a Legal Secretary at Larkins, McCarthy and Co. (now part of Sewells Law).

Deb also worked at Safeway as Front End Manager. Later she was Furniture Salesperson at Budget Furniture for 7 years, prior to the business closing.

Along with three co-founders, Deb started Inheritance Patchwork in Birregurra in October 2016.

Deb enjoys spending time at the beach with her family, and creating beautiful patchwork quilts.

Tamara Conway

Tamara has over four years optical experience, previously working at Eyewear on Pako in Geelong. 

Tamara loves helping children adjust to wearing first time glasses. She has received many chocolates from clients over the years. 

She graduated in 2011 with Bachelor of Forensic Science from Deakin University. 

Tamara enjoys spending time with her husband Glenn and her Maltese-Pomeranian dog. She also enjoys gardening, painting and drawing.

Shane Virgo

Shane started in Manufacturing in Sola Optical in 1997, following a previous mechanical employment history. 

Working in a Laboratory Environment, Shane has over 10 years experience in general lens fitting, 5 years in Wrap-around lens fitting and 3 years in Rimless lens fitting. Shane was also Backup Team Coordinator at Carl Zeiss Vision in the Stock Lens Line. 

Shane holds a St John Ambulance First Aid Certificate and CPR/Defibrillator certification. 

Shane’s interests include Photography and Custom Photo Framing, Riding and Working on Motorcycles, Home Renovation, Gardening, Welding and Volunteering for RSPCA.