Dr Vivek Bhat
With his deeper exposure to the soil beneficial microbes and extensive studies in the Soil Food Web interactions, Vivek is a great admirer of good bugs and their relentless activities in soil, plant, animal and human nutrition besides believing in their greater say in the wellbeing of all of us.
Prior to moving to the Territory, he had a wonderful innings with DAFWA working on various projects: field evaluation trial on GM cotton (Kununurra), cover crop management in vineyards (WA part of GWRDC Project on Wine grapes), soil carbon benchmarking (DAFF+ UWA+ DAFWA collaborative project) and an HAL funded post-harvest project on strawberries in Great Southern region. As a Research Officer based in Albany, he had the best opportunity to identify the weaker links in the supply chain of strawberries.
More than all, the most critical and satisfying period of his professional life was when he had the opportunity of working with Adelaide based LawrieCo-Biological Farming company. That’s when he loved assisting several local farming businesses by extending variety of biological and conventional farming techniques and products covering pretty much all aspects of soil and plant nutrition, IPM programs, and organic certification processes on top of providing regular monitoring services to several bigger operations.
Based in Albany, Vivek intends to continue serving the farming, horticulture and all those communities that are involved in soil and plant nutrition, translating his expertise and experience in extending the Grow Safe® programs to ensure safer food production, and healthy environment, while balancing his work and family life.
His love of socialising lends itself perfectly to his role as WA State Manager.
He has a horrible golf swing and is happy to chat with anyone.
Mark has variously run for both state and federal politics, has served as a local government councillor and has enjoyed success in public speaking.
Mark is a co-founder and director of FIOA (The Future Institute of Australia) with his interest firmly focused on business and developing individuals to become leaders.
Mark’s current focus is on taking the easifleet group to IPO, developing a property portfolio, keeping fit and mentoring in focus and leadership.
He has extensive knowledge of fleet operations and management, automotive industry and dealership operations.
This year Sam was appointed Fleet Operations Manager at easifleet, his considerable hands on experience in the industry and operational know how, is a significant value add for easifleet customers.
Gretchen Lumsden R.N. Dip. Educ.
Gretchen has a unique and very natural style of presentation, which immediately captures the attention of her audience. Her knowledge of the subject is clearly that of a specialist and together with her skill as a presenter, results in a most professional presentation.
Further, Fiona manages private sign applications, approval of traffic management plans for roadworks and events, provides vital traffic data information, addresses ministerial and media enquiries and road safety audits.
After working as a Prison Chaplain, Peter opened Shalom House in 2012. His intention was to mentor, teach and guide men who battle with any life-controlling issue.
Today, Shalom House has 120 residents and 50 staff, including counsellors, chaplains, administrators and co-ordinators. There is also an army of volunteers helping to keep facility running. It receives no Government support or grants and Peter is a full-time volunteer as the CEO of Shalom House. Peter’s wife Amanda runs a landscaping business to support the family financially.
Peter became a full-time volunteer to his cause, giving every waking hour to developing this program and helping to restore the lives of men and their families.
With a focus on giving our WA clients and staff an experience to remember, he has already developed a reputation as a powerful and engaging presenter and facilitator. Robbie has a Bachelor of Marketing and Media and more than 10 years’ experience in coaching and managing a children’s sports program.
In 2016 Robbie was a winner of Nifnex Influential 100 award in WA.
Brendan will be debunking urban myth and putting science into practice leaving you with some valuable tips that you can put into practice at your local council. The floor will be open to all, with a special focus on the compaction of problematic materials.
With an ancestral heritage around Busselton, Brendan will almost certainly adopt himself as a native of the West.
Kate has been a part of the AusQ Training team for nearly 5 years and facilitates the administration for all training course types from basic through to advanced and is the only RTO currently approved by Main Roads WA to deliver all levels of the Main Roads WA accreditations. Kate will share various strategies to help make organising traffic management training easier including saving costs.
Nicky has a Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) and extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector in community development, health promotion and management.
Nicky’s career has been based in Bunbury and the South West region.
Reza has worked in the City of Kwinana as the Manager of Engineering Services since 2008. He leads a team that is responsible for design, construction and maintenance of the City’s civil infrastructure and parks. This also includes project management of all civil infrastructure and landscaping capital projects.
Her mantra is to encourage others to take on a caretaker role within their own back yards so that future generations have access to a healthy planet.
Sabrina has shared her stories and passion for green spaces on ABC radio for over 25 years, being one of the earliest pioneers to promote sustainable gardening practices in the media. She is a highly entertaining public speaker, and MC, she writes a twice-weekly gardening column in The West Australian, and also contributes articles for Gardening Australia and Organic Gardener.
Her extensive knowledge on gardening comes from a scientific background of horticulture, soil science, entomology and botany. Sabrina has been awarded a lifetime membership from the Nursery and Garden Industry of Western Australia, and nominated for Australian of the Year for her services to the industry.
Sabrina has worked extensively for the past decade in remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley developing edible gardens so that Aboriginal people have greater access to healthy food and become more sustainable. She believes the availability of healthy, fresh food will have a positive impact on the health of children in remote areas where fresh vegetables are a luxury. She has formed friendships with women elders in communities to enable them to propagate their own bush tucker and bush medicine plants so that their knowledge is passed on the next generation.
Sabrina is also a published author with three books under her belt – Sabrina’s Little ABC Book of Gardening, Sabrina’s Juicy Little Book of Citrus and Dirty Deeds.
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