Meet the team

Arwen Rickert - BBIFMAC Manager

Arwen Rickert


Arwen has worked 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 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 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

Luke Buono - Technical Officer


Luke Buono

Technical 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.

Mackenzie Severns - Project Officer


Mackenzie Severns

Project Officer

Mackenzie has just recently completed a Bachelor of Advanced Science at James Cook University. Mackenzie joined our team part-time through university work placement and has since found herself working with us full-time. Mackenzie helps with a variety of tasks from sample collecting, sensor calibrations and general reporting.

Kevin Peters - Technical Officer


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.

Rob Ritchie - Water Quality Officer


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.

Keeley Glasson - Project Officer


Keeley Glasson

Project Officer

Keeley is currently completing work-place experience with BBIFMAC for her Master's degree. She is a great helping hand, and is learning much about water quality sampling from the other project officers.

The Committee

- Steve Attard
- Merv Mohr
Vice Chair
- Don Salter
Ordinary Member
- Brock Dembowski

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