Extension Team

WTSIP has a team of extension officers covering all areas in the Wet Tropics from the Herbert to Mossman and through to the Tablelands. They are working one-on-one with farmers to develop nutrient management plans and to improve land management practices.

See below to find your local officer.

Kate Armstrong
District Extension Officer - Mossman

0488 004829

Kate grew up in Brisbane and completed a Bachelor of Environmental Management from the University of Queensland in 2016. She is now being working with WTSIP as part of the QFF’s Reef Extension Training program.

She has a passion for people and looks forward to learning as much as possible and getting to know the growers and community. She also hopes to be able to work together with the growers for sustainable and productive outcomes.

Kate is based in Mossman with a focus on precision agriculture projects and water quality outcomes as part of her traineeship.

Kate is based in Mossman Agricultural Services.

Jarrod Sartor
District Extension Officer - Ingham

07 4776 1808

Jarrod grew up on a cane farm in Victoria Estate so he has been involved in the sugar industry from a young age.

After finishing high school in 2011 he enrolled in James Cook University to study a Bachelor of Geology and learnt about mineralogy, landform and digital mapping technology, bedrock/soil relationship, and hydrology.

In 2015 he began working with Sugar Research Australia in Mackay on adoption and extension efforts in Sarina and Proserpine. He worked in this role for 18 months before returning to the Wet Tropics in his current role as a WTSIP District Extension Officer.

Jarrod is based in HCPSL.

Alex Lindsay
District Extension Officer - Tully

0427 231 971

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.

Alex enjoys working with growers to achieve the most efficient returns from their investment in fertiliser, particularly by developing site-specific nutrient management plans.

Alex is based in Canegrowers Tully as a part-time District Extension Officer for the Tully District.

Joel Tierney
District Extension Officer - Cairns Region

0472 869 659

Joel started life on the Cassowary Coast so he grew up understanding the importance of the cane industry to the local area.

Previously he has worked in Kakadu National Park as well as with landholders in the Volcanic Plains and Otway-Coast regions of Victoria, where he worked on revegetation, erosion control and invasive weed projects. He then moved back to the Wet Tropics to work on similar projects.

He is currently completing a Bachelor of Environmental Science.

Joel is based in Canegrowers Cairns.

Peter Becke
District Extension Officer - Innisfail Region

0436 678 800

Peter Becke grew up on a sugarcane farm in the Burdekin. After studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science (Plants major) at UQ Gatton, he worked as an agronomist in Mareeba for 4 years, mostly in horticulture.

He is very interested in Ag Tech and the potential opportunity it offers in further developing the sugar industry.

Peter Becke is based in Canegrowers Innisfail.

Bob Stewart
District Extension Officer - 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. He was also a Technical Field Officer with CSR Ltd in Ingham (principally drainage) and Ayr (principally irrigation) for 12 years.

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

Bob is hosted by CANEGROWERS, Innisfail.

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Leanne Carr
District Extension Officer - Ingham

0490 077 176

Leanne grew up on a cane farm in the Herbert district and went on to gain a Bachelor of Agricultural Science specialising in agronomy from the University of Queensland in 1999.

She then worked at the Herbert Cane Productivity Services Ltd for seven years in the areas of field agronomy and pest and disease management and GIS applications.

In 2005 she ventured into passion fruit farming for 12 years and during this time she also did some extension and field work for BSES Ltd and HCPSL, including the first round of the Reef Rescue grants process.

Leanne is based in HCPSL.