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Just some of the BBIFMAC TEAM!

Below are the profiles of just some of BBIFMAC's staff. BBIFMAC has a number of full-time and part-time staff.

Full-time Staff:

Arwen Rickert - Manager

Arwen has workArwen_headshot.pnged in natural resource management and environmental planning in the Townsville-Burdekin area for the past 20 years. Arwen has Bachelor and Masters degrees in Environmental Management. Arwen grew up on a cane farm in Bundaberg and therefore understands the many challenges facing farmers. Arwen joined BBIFMAC to manage the highly successful $1.3 million Energy Efficiency for Australian Irrigators project and has stayed on to become manager of BBIFMAC.

Julie Kenniff – Office Manager


Julie has an accounting and office background working in Brisbane for many years, until returning to the Burdekin over 20 years ago. Julie also worked in the education system. Since becoming part of BBIFMAC, Julie enjoys working as a member of a team and working with the community. Julie feels that the Burdekin has always been home and appreciates the spirit of the farming community.

Dennis Stubbs – Field Officer


Dennis has many years experience in farming the Burdekin floodplain and has established great relationships with the farming community. Dennis fully understands the challenges faced by the farmers and this has gained him considerable respect in this sector. Dennis is in charge of field work and the instrumentation of monitoring sites.


Part-time Staff:

Luke Buono - Project Officer

Luke is Burdekin born and bred. Luke is currently studying IT and economics externally at JCU and is working with BBIFMAC part-time. Luke helps out with all things electronic and technical and assists with field work.

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Kevin Peters - Technical Officer

Kev is a Burdekin local with many, many years of experience in the auto-eletrical industry. Kev looks after the manufacture and maintenance of our Real Time Water Quality Monitoring trailers and KP samplers.

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Mackenzie Severns - Assistant Project Officer

Mackenzie is currently in her last year of a Bachelor of Advanced Science at James Cook University. Mackenzie has joined the BBIFMAC team part-time to assist with our projects and learn more about agriculture and water quality monitoring.

Casual Staff:

Rob Ritchie - Water Quality Officer

Rob undertakes the sampling and maintenance activities for BBIFMAC's contract with Dept. Environment and Science's Great Barrier Reef Catchment Load Monitoring program.

Dennis Stanley - KP Sampler Manufacturer

Dennis is supposed to be retired but likes to spend some of his spare time helping us keep up with our manufacturing of KP Samplers.