Improving the value & sustainability of Esperance port zone grain growers.
 
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Niki Curtis

Executive Officer

PO Box 365 Esperance,
WA 6450
E: eo@sepwa.org.au
 T: 08 9083 1152
 T: 0447 908 311
 F: 08 9083 1100
Born and bred in Esperance, Niki grew up on a local farm and has continued her association with the agricultural industry ever since. 
Niki studied at Muresk Institute of Agriculture and has worked as a journalist with the Countryman newspapers, WA Newspapers and the Farm Weekly.
More recently, Niki was employed as the Communications Officer for the Esperance Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA), before she started working full time at SEPWA.
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Nigel Metz

Project Officer

PO Box 365 Esperance,
WA 6450

E: nigel@sepwa.org.au
 T: 08 9083 1115
 T: 0447 631115
Nigel graduated from Muresk Institute of Agriculture, a branch of Curtin University of Technology, with a Bachelor of Agribusiness marketing. Nigel's skills are varied and he has an incredible capacity to take on any project and run with it. He is currently working on improving the Data Network for farmers in the Esperance Port Zone and is part time involved with setting up a new business of his own. In the past Nigel specialised in harvest management for maximising grain quality and has also run the SEPWA trials program.

Andrea Carmody

Projects Officer

PO Box 365 Esperance,
WA 6450
E: andrea@sepwa.org.au
 T: 0429 416 125
Andrea works part time for SEPWA on project extension and co-ordination. She lives and also works on her farm at Cascade with husband, John and his family.They also have properties on the coast near Munglinup and a cattle station.
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Jan Clawson

Bookeeper

PO Box 365 Esperance,
WA 6450
E: janclawson@bigpond.com
 T: 0407 990 497
Jan works part time as the SEPWA Bookeeper. In the past, Jan has done the bookeeping for a local livestock and grain transport company. Jan has also been a truckie which has seen her carting livestock around the Esperance region and Australia.
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Michelle Handley

Projects Officer

E: michelle@sepwa.org.au
 T: 0428 233 008
Michelle has a broad background in managing projects, trials and scientifc writing. She has lived in Esperance for a number of years and has two boys with husband, Greg Warren (a local agronomist).
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Kellie Guest

Communications

PO Box 365 Esperance,
WA 6450
E: kellie@sepwa.org.au
 T: 0409 844 228
Kellie edits SEPWA's bi-monthly newsletter. She has around 2 decades of experience in the rural media including work as a journalist and presenter for ABC radio. Kellie lives with her farming husband and three young sons in the Esperance community.
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Aidan Sinnott

Project Officer

PO Box 365 Esperance,
WA 6450
E: aidan@sepwa.org.au
 T: 0427 188 854
Since moving from Ireland to Esperance in 2010, Aidan has worked for Swans Veterinary Services, AGT and DAFWA and most recently he was Operations Manager for Precision Agronomics Australia. Aidan has a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and also speaks fluent German. Aidan is married and has two young boys.
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Alan Bassham

Project Manager
E: alan@sepwa.org.au
 T: 0402 278 472
Alan is working on an 18 month project: A Change of Pase, funded by the State Government. The project is aimed at developing stronger markets for legumes in the Esperance region. He has relocated from Perth to deliver on the project and has a strong background in supply chain logistics.
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Bill Sharpe

Trials Coordinator

E: multiseed@westnet.com.au
 T: 0428 711 375
Bill worked with the Department of Agriculture for 25 years in Newdegate and Merredin before moving to Esperance in 1998 to take up role with Esperance District Office as Senior Technical and Certification Officer. In 1997 Bill entered the commercial seed industry and in 2004 formed his own seed production company. Bills role will be as SEPWA Trials coordinator (Part Time) to liaise with breeding programs, seed companies and farmers in the Esperance Port Zone and to oversee the large scale demonstration trials. These trials will include Wheat, Barley and Canola. Bill, unfortunately, also has the passion for the Fremantle Dockers.