Improving the value & sustainability of Esperance port zone grain growers.
 
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David Cox

Immediate Past President

E: dave@waterhatchfarms.com.au
 T: 08 9078 2053
 T: 0429 008 638
David runs a broad acre cropping and beef enterprise in the Shires of Esperance and Narembeen with his wife Sally. David was awarded a prestigious Nuffield Scholarship in 2004 to study the production and management of high yielding crops specialising in nitrogen management. As a result, David has extensively travelled both Australia and the world studying all aspects of agriculture and he has developed the E-ZEE Nitrogen (N) calculator for accurate real time in season nitrogen recommendations.
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Greg Curnow

President

E: grogndons@bigpond.com
 T: 08 9079 2101
 T: 0427 792 101
Greg Curnow farms at Cascade and was elected to the SEPWA Executive in 2008, becoming president in 2015 Greg farms at Cascade and Grass Patch with his wife, Donna in partnership with his parents. He has been on various committees within SEPWA over the years.
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Luke Marquis

Committee Member

E: lmarquis@westnet.com.au
 T: 0429 367 947
Promoting a team environment-based around knowledge and information sharing is a driving force behind Luke’s business, and a big part of what he believes being a successful Agronomy Consultant is all about. Luke enjoys being part of a client’s success, but alternatively works hard to help when in paddock improvements need to be made.
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Chris Reichstein

Committee

E: creichstein@bigpond.com
 T: 08 9076 7049
 T: 0429 101 970
Chris farms at Wittenoom Hills and is a past president of SEPWA and helps organise the local Neridup field day. Chris is on the Grains Industry WA working group and also on the DAFWA Bridging the Yield Gap Advisory Committee.
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Murray Ayers

Committee Member

E: murray.ayers@bigpond.com
 T: 90792 018
 T: 0427 792018
Murray arrived in Cascade in 1988 with his wife Julie and two young children. Today with wife Julie, their eldest son Cameron and other son Lachie on a part time basis, they farm 6000 ha spread over four farms in the Cascade and Munglinup regions growing canola, wheat, barley and field peas. This is Murray's first term on the SEPWA Executive Committee.
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Andrew Chambers

Committee Member

E: ajchambers@wn.com.au
 T: 08 9838 0083
 T: 0429 380 084
Andrew hails from Ravensthorpe and farms 5000 hectares with cropping the main enterprise along with a little lucerne and pasture for buying and selling sheep. Andrew is currently the Chair of the Ravensthorpe Agricultural Initiative Network (RAIN)
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Lyndon Mickel

Committee

E: lmickel@bigpond.com
 T: 08 9076 6045
 T: 0427 766 029
Lyndon is a past SEPWA President and he is also a member of the local Beaumont Better Farming group. He host trials for SEPWA and conducts his own personal unofficial trials. Lyndon's family farming operation consists of 1800 ha just north of Condingup and 4200 ha at the end of Parmango Road. He was President from 2010 - 2012.
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Adrian Perks

Vice President

E: perksadrian@hotmail.com
 T: 08 90 766068
 T: 0427766068
Adrian farms with his wife Kris and two young sons between Condingup and Beaumont and has been farming for about 15 years. After completing a couple of years at Narrogin Ag college, he returned home for a few years then travelled to the US to work with a harvest contractor. Upon returning home, he then worked for a local farming family for about 12 months before returning to the family farm. Most of the land they are currently farming is share farmed with a mix of soil types ranging from the Neridup sand dunes to heavy Beaumont loams.
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Tara Vermeersch

Secretary

Tara farms with her husband, Jason, and his family at Cascade. Tara is involved with running their farm's books and in 2013 she started E-FOM, a subcommittee of SEPWA that aims to support farmers in the Esperance Port Zone to better operate their farm office.
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Con Murphy

Committee Member

E: ck.murphy@bigpond.com
 T: 0418 400 548
Con manages a large property at Condingup. He originally hails from a mountain sheep farm in Co. Kerry, Ireland and came to Australia two decades ago. He has worked and managed large cropping and mixed farming enterprises in NSW and Queensland, before moving to WA 6 years ago with his wife Kara, they now have 3 children Oisin, Niamh and Fionn.
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Craig Newman

Committee Member

E: craig@karradale.com
 T: 08 9874 7032
 T: 0429 871 625
Craig comes from the Varley, Holt Rock, Lake King area where he leases 6600 ha for cropping and livestock purposes. Craig is also involved in the Newdegate Crop Improvement Group, the Newdegate Field Days and the Newdegate Development Committee.
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Danny Sanderson

Committee Member

  E: dannysanderson@bigpond.com
   T: 08 90786 044
   T: 0427 786 044
In 2016, the SEPWA Executive welcomed Dan Sanderson, who has farmed west of Grass Patch since 1990, to the committee.
In 1994 Danny and his wife, Judy leased the farm they had been living on and had some difficult years to start with. Fortunately it all worked out well in the end and in 1998 they purchased that 2200ha they were leasing. In the last 7 years they have expanded their operation by leasing, share farming and in 2013 bought another 1200ha. Their son John is now a partner in the business and they own 3400ha (along with the bank) and share farm 1800 ha.