Team

WTSIP's team of extension officers and other delivery staff are based within different partner organisations.

See below for contact details:

Steve Roeger
Manager

0427 790389

steve.roeger@terrain.org.au

Based in Terrain NRM's Tully office.

Steve reports to the WTSIP Management Committee and has responsibility for implementing the Partnership’s goals and objectives, coordinating program resources and liaising with staff hosting organisations. 

Jordan Villaruz
Regional Extension Officer

0404 787144

jordan.villaruz@terrain.org.au

Based in the Canegrowers Gordonvale office.

Jordan has worked in the cane industry for 14 years as a productivity officer in Tully, an extension officer for BSES (now SRA) and as a senior extension officer and team leader at TCPSL for 5-6 years.

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Jarrod Sartor
District Extension Officer - Ingham

07 4776 1808

jarrod.sartor@wtsip.org.au

Based in HCPSL

Jarrod grew up on a cane farm and after gaining a Bachelor of Geology from JCU he joined the cane industry in 2015 as a adoption officer with SRA in Mackay. He worked in this role for 18 months before returning to the Wet Tropics in his current role as a WTSIP District Extension Officer.

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Leanne Carr
District Extension Officer - Ingham

0490 077 176

leanne.carr@wtsip.org.au

Based in HCPSL

Leanne grew up on a cane farm in the Herbert district and after gaining a Bachelor of Agricultural Science specialising in agronomy from the University of Queensland in 1999, she worked at HCPSL for 7 years.

In 2005 she ventured into passion fruit farming for 12 years while continuing to conduct some extension and field work for BSES Ltd and HCPSL. She rejoined HCPSL as a WTSIP extension officer in 2016. 

 

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Megan Zahmel
District Extension Officer - Ingham

0447 317102

mzahmel@hcpsl.com.au

Based in HCPSL

Since joining HCPSL in 2016 Megan has been working on Project Catalyst, a program that supports grower trials of innovative practices to improve water quality. 

Prior to this she worked for SRA for 4 years on NUE and Yellow Canopy syndrome trials. She has also worked in natural resource management specialising in native revegetation and land conservation. 

 

 

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Alex Lindsay
District Extension Officer - Tully

0427 231 971

alex.lindsay@wtsip.org.au

Based in Canegrowers Tully.

Alex grew up in Atherton and studied soil science and forestry at university in Canberra. He has worked in a range of industries and environments, mainly in northern Australia. Between 2012 and 2014 he was employed as an agronomist in the Mareeba area working with horticulturalists and cane growers, during which time he became accredited as a Fertcare advisor.

 

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Simon Cristaudo
District Extension Officer - Tully

Based in Canegrowers Tully.

 

 

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Peter Becke
District Extension Officer - Innisfail Region

0436 678 800

peter_becke@canegrowers.com.au

Based in Canegrowers Innisfail.

Peter Becke grew up on a sugarcane farm in the Burdekin and after gaining a Bachelor of Applied Science (Plants Major) at UQ Gatton, he worked as an agronomist in Mareeba for 4 years, mostly in horticulture before joining WTSIP as an extension officer.

 

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Bob Stewart
District Extension Officer - Innisfail

0418 733147

bob.stewart@wtsip.org.au

Based in CANEGROWERS, Innisfail.

Bob has a background in Agricultural Science and Agricultural Engineering. He has worked in rice, irrigation and sewage and industrial waste water treatments in Malaysia and was a Technical Field Officer with CSR Ltd in Ingham  and Ayr for 12 years.

Bob also has a small sugarcane farm (17 ha) at Kairi near Lake Tinaroo.

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