Burdekin Productivity Services
Burdekin Productivity Services


All members are encouraged to utilise the services offered by BPS either by visiting our office at 210 Old Clare Road or contacting us. We ask that you try to contact staff during our standard business hours: Monday to Friday, 7am – 4pm, unless the matter is urgent.

BPS staff

  • 1 Manager of Productivity Services.
  • 1 Company Secretary/Commercial Manager.
  • 4 Agronomist.
  • 4 on-ground Field Officers.
  • 2 Trainee Field Officers


Rob Milla

Rob Milla – BEng(Agriculture) 

Rob leads the BPS team and has a strong background in practical agronomy and extension. Rob joined the team in early 2013 after the board made a strategic decision to provide technical agronomic advice  to growers. Rob can assist growers with agronomic advice relating to crop nutrition, irrigation and farming systems. Rob has held various roles in the Burdekin region including Sugar Systems Officer at DAFF  (former DPI), Reef Extension Officer (DPI) and as extension officer at BSES. Rob has collaborated with other industry professionals and has a number of published papers. Rob can be contacted to discuss any  matter relating to agronomy, farming systems or trial results and is an accredited NAA advisor. 

                                                                                                                                Mobile: 0490 016 329                                                                                                                                                  Email: rmilla@bps.net.au



Mark Rickards 

Mark serves as the link to the board of directors and provides administrative assistance to assist directors in fulfilling their obligations. In his role as commercial manager, he is responsible for finance and administration, community relations and membership management. He has a strong background in relation to business management and supervision of staff. He has trained, and has knowledge covering corporate governance, risk, and safety. Mark can be contacted to discuss any matter relating to the administration, finance and membership of BPS.

                                                                                                                                          Mobile: 0427 834 800
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Marian Davis

Marian Davis 

Marian joined the BPS team as an extension officer in July 2014. She has had extensive sugarcane experience after working as a development and extension officer for SRA/BSES in both the Burdekin and Innisfail districts. Marian has a focus on providing irrigation information and support to growers. She is also able to provide advice on all other aspects of sugarcane agronomy and production. Marian is an accredited NAA advisor.

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Eddie Fabbro  
 FIELD OFFICER – KALAMIA (Monday, Thursday, Friday) 

Eddie Fabbro is job sharing the Kalamia field officer position with Kristine Patti. Eddie is a Burdekin local having grown up on a cane farm in the Jarvisfield area. He has worked in all areas of the cane industry including farming, at the mill and in the harvesting sector. Eddie is looking forward to helping growers with all aspects of their farming system.

                                                                                                                                                     Mobile: 0447 209 152
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Kristine Patti

FIELD OFFICER – KALAMIA (Tuesday, Wednesday)


Kristine first joined BPS in 2011 before leaving full time work to start a family in 2015. During this time, she was trained in pest and disease and general farming practices, as well as studying and completing a Diploma of Agriculture. Since 2015 Kristine has been employed on a casual basis to assist during busy times. However, starting in March 2021 she has taken on a job-sharing roll with Eddie Fabbro as the Kalamia Field officer. Kristine has grown up on a sugarcane farm and is keen to assist growers in any way she can.

                                                                                                                                         Mobile: 0427 167 159
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Madeline Molino

Madeline Molino 

In January 2017, Madeline was employed by BPS as a trainee Field Office. She has progressed to Field Officer for the Pioneer Mill Area. Maddy is passionate about farming having grown up around farming in the Burdekin. She has been trained in pest and disease identification and has completed her studies in a Diploma of Agriculture. She is very keen to assist growers wherever possible to enhance their productivity and profitability.

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Wayne Johnstone 

Wayne joined BPS in May 2018. He grew up on the family farm and has farm experience in sugarcane farming and harvesting. Wayne has a keen interest in agriculture. He is employed as the Inkerman mill area Field Officer and his aim is to assist growers with pest and disease advice to enhance their productivity and profitability however possible.                                                                                                                       Mobile:0407 960 057
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Jasmine Connolly 

Jasmine grew up in the outback mining town of Mt Isa where she completed her schooling and then moved to Townsville to study at James Cook University. She graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science double majoring in zoology, ecology and conservation. She was employed by BPS in July 2017 as an extension officer and has been very involved in project work. She is keen to learn all aspects of agriculture and sugar cane farming systems and understand the importance of forming close relationships with farmers.

                                                                                                                                       Mobile: 0438 934 601
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John Nancarrow 


John joined the BPS team in early January 2022. He moved to the Burdekin in 2018, working for an independent Agronomic Firm. John has experience in broadacre cropping i.e., Soybeans, Mung beans, Crack corn, Sorghum and Rice and intense horticulture i.e., sweet corn and green beans. John’s words “I aim to aid Burdekin growers in improving soil health/management, improving productivity and profitability.”

John has obtained a bachelor’s degree in Natural Science Agriculture Western Sydney University 2012.


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Jack Edwards


In late November 2022, Jack joined the BPS team after graduating year 12 at Burdekin Catholic High School. Growing up in the Burdekin and being surrounded by the industry, Jack has always been interested in agriculture. Jack is currently the Trainee Field Officer for Pioneer, working alongside Madeline. Jack’s role is to learn and assist growers with their farming productivity and profitability’s.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mobile: 0439 375 411                                                                                                                                                         Email: jedwards@bps.net.au    



Nina Laubscher


Nina is the Invicta field officer. Growing up in South Africa Nina worked on a cattle farm and received a
certificate four in agriculture. Nina’s main goal is to learn more about the sugar cane industry by helping farmers increase profitability and productivity. Nina enjoys helping growers on their farms and is very
passionate about agriculture.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mobile: 0427 372 124                                                                                                                                            Email: nlaubscher@bps.net.au



Burdekin Productivity Services