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

See below for contact details:

Steve Roeger

0427 790389

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

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.

Michael Nash
Regional Extension Officer

0417 602007

Based in Terrain NRM's Ingham office.

Jarrod Sartor
District Extension Officer - Ingham

07 4776 1808

Based in HCPSL

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.

Leanne Carr
District Extension Officer - Ingham

0490 077 176

Based in HCPSL

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.


Megan Zahmel
District Extension Officer - Ingham

0447 317102

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. 



Alex Lindsay
District Extension Officer - Tully

0427 231 971

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.

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


Simon Cristaudo
District Extension Officer - Tully

Based in Canegrowers Tully.



Peter Becke
District Extension Officer - Innisfail Region

0436 678 800

Based in Canegrowers Innisfail.

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.

Bob Stewart
District Extension Officer - Innisfail

0418 733147

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. 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.

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Kate Armstrong
District Extension Officer - Mossman

0488 004829

Based at Mossman Agricultural Services.

Kate grew up in Brisbane and completed a Bachelor of Environmental Management from the University of Queensland in 2016 before joining WTSIP as part of the QFF’s Reef Extension Training program.