Meet the Staff
Naomi Scholz, Executive Officer
Diploma of Agribusiness Management, Diploma of Project Management
An advocate for small rural communities, elected member for Wudinna District Council and position holder on several not-for-profit community and sporting groups.
Past experience includes more than 10 years agricultural RD&E project management with SARDI based at Minnipa Agricultural Centre, including coordination of several GRDC major projects including the Dryland Legume Pasture Systems project and the Stubble Initiative, and delivery of programs such as Grain & Graze and the Water Use Initiative on Eyre Peninsula. Prior to this, 10 years with Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula as Landcare Officer and project manager.
Alanna Barns, Finance Officer
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting
Chartered Accountant living on a cereal cropping farming property North of Wudinna with husband and 2 children. More than 20 years working as an accountant both in Adelaide and currently Port Lincoln. Various treasurer/finance positions held for local sporting, education, and community organisations.
Amy Wright, Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator (RALF)
Bachelor of Agriculture
We are pleased to announce that Amy Wright has been appointed to the RALF role for the Eyre Peninsula Region. Amy will be based in Kimba and has a passion for agriculture with experience working as an Agronomist on the upper Eyre Peninsula, and brings with her a great scope of knowledge. She is very much looking forward to supporting farmers, industry and community groups adopt sustainable agriculture across the whole of the Eyre Peninsula. The RALF position is funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program through the EP Landscape Board, AIR EP is hosting the position from 2020-2023.
Joshua Telfer, Sustainable Agriculture Officer
Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours - Soil and Water)
Josh has been appointed by AIR EP to deliver the EP Landscape Board’s Sustainable Agriculture program, which is funded by the National Landcare Program.
Josh comes from working on the mixed family farm at Ungarra for the last ten years, and has been involved in the Lower Eyre Ag Development (LEADA) committee for the last four years. Prior to this he worked for PIRSA in soil and land management conservation, based out of Cleve, Port Lincoln, and Jamestown, as well as having worked internationally in Bangladesh and Sudan on some agricultural projects.
Josh, his wife and three boys live at Ungarra. Josh is passionate about Eyre Peninsula, and particularly it’s agriculture across all its different climatic zones, and thinks we have a bright future.