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.
- 1 Manager of Productivity Services.
- 1 Company Secretary/Commercial Manager.
- 1 Extension Agronomist, 1 Extension Agronomist Trainee, 2 Extension Officers and 1 Extension GIS Officer.
- 4 on-ground Field Officers, servicing 4 Burdekin milling districts.
- 1 QFF Graduate work placement program Trainee Extension Officer
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 036 329
COMPANY SECRETARY/COMMERCIAL MANAGER
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
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.
Mobile: 0428 927 079
Terry was employed by BPS in March 2015 to drive the SmartCane BMP program in the Burdekin. Terry grew up on the family farm at Dalbeg and has 25 plus years of experience in all aspects of sugarcane farming from planting, right through to contract harvesting. Known as an innovator, he has experimented with different farming systems and harvesting procedures during that time. He is also well versed in farm data recording, GPS setup and use, irrigation and spray application practices.
Mobile: 0437 553 149
SENIOR FIELD OFFICER – KALAMIA
Dave has a vast practical knowledge in relation to pest and disease advice, variety selection advice and can also provide ground level analysis to growers based on his farming background. He has grown up on the family farm and actively manages it’s operations in addition to his role at BPS. Dave has a Diploma in Agriculture from AACC and his industry knowledge and farming skills allow a first class service to growers. Dave can be contacted to discuss any matter relating to pests, diseases, varieties, or the distribution of approved seed in the Kalamia and Pioneer area. Dave is also responsible for Itch Grass and is an accredited machinery inspector.
Mobile: 0427 167 159
FIELD OFFICER – PIONEER
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 possesses general knowledge of farming practices. She is very keen to assist growers wherever possible to enhance their productivity and profitability.
Mobile: 0407 167 159
FIELD OFFICER – INVICTA
Leigh has joined BPS after a long period in the water supply industry and has a good understanding of the Invicta area. Prior to this, he worked for the Technical Field Department at Kalamia Mill helping out with variety trials and also general farm work. After working alongside farmers for a long period, he understands the challenges they face and the level of service that is require to keep their business moving forward. Leigh can be contacted for any issues or concerns you might have and he will source the right answer from the expertise available at BPS.
Mobile: 0427 372 124
FIELD OFFICER – INKERMAN
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
Trainee Extension Agronomist
Cherrie joined the BPS team as a Trainee Extension Agronomist in June 2017. Cherrie is very passionate about agriculture and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Agribusiness majoring in Rural Science through The University of New England. She is keen to combine existing general farming knowledge with what has been learnt in her studies so that she can provide valuable assistance to growers.
Mobile: 0447 069 887
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
Extension GIS Officer
Claire has been involved in the Sugar Industry since 2010 working mainly in the Wet Tropics for both milling companies and Productivity Services. The role that Claire has taken with BPS is focusing on precision agriculture and new technologies. She is keen to learn all aspects of the Burdekin region and work with growers to achieve their goals.
QFF Graduate Work Placement Program- Trainee Extension Officer
Tahlia started at BPS in June 2019 as a Trainee Extension Officer through the Queensland Farmers’ Federation Agricultural Extension Work Placement Program. She grew up in Boonah, a country town in southeast Queensland, and studied ecological science at the University of Queensland. Tahlia is interested in all levels of farming systems, from soil science to landscape scale management perspectives. She is looking forward to learning as much as possible about agriculture and understanding the vital role it plays in rural communities and economies. Having participated in a sugar cane intercropping research project during university, Tahlia is keen to build her knowledge of the cane industry and get to know the Burdekin region and the people who grow food here.