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Kilmore East-Kinglake and Murrindindi bushfire loss assessment

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

RMCG has had an ongoing multi-faceted involvement in the class actions that arose from the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in the Kinglake (Kilmore East-Kinglake bushfire) and Marysville (Murrindindi bushfire) areas.  Initially, we were engaged by both the lawyers for the claimants and the Supreme Court to undertake consultation with a sample of bushfire victims to assess the property losses they had experienced.  This involved direct face-to-face contact and follow-up telephone contact with those chosen to be part of the sample.

RMCG was engaged because of our deep understanding of rural communities; our mix of experience in community consultation and business analysis; and our previous experience of similar work resulting from the Horsham, Coleraine and Weerite bushfires that occurred on the same day.

Team

Adrian Kennelly

Adrian Kennelly

Principal

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons), M.Ag.Sci., CPAg.

Adrian has more than 25 years’ experience in agricultural business and natural resource management research, policy, education and extension.  He is a specialist farm business management adviser, who consults to medium to large scale private farmers, agribusiness investors, agricultural industry groups and government agencies.  Adrian has specific skills and experience in strategic planning, business analysis, facilitation, and training and education in rural Australia.  Most recently he led the loss assessment for the Kilmore and Murrindindi bushfire class actions and is the sole accredited deliverer of BusinessEDGE in Victoria and Tasmania.

Daryl Poole

Daryl Poole

Associate

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons), CPAg., GAICD

Daryl has over 20 years of experience is in the areas of agribusiness and farm management, particularly the dairy industry.   He has a diploma in Human Resource Management (Dairy) and can assist farming businesses with their employment practices to ensure their workforce is both effective and compliant.  Daryl also has an in depth understanding of water policy and what it means at the farm level which allows him to assist irrigation businesses develop their water risk management strategies.   Daryl has both facilitator and strategic planning experience and can assist farming businesses and organisations to achieve their goals.

Luke Rolley

Luke Rolley

Senior Consultant

B.Ag.Sci., GAICD

Luke provides advice to agriculture clients on: financial analysis, business and strategic planning, business development, due diligence, negotiation and contract management, system design and operation, benchmarking, project management, technical viticulture and assessment of loss. In short, maximising the profit available in agriculture.

Jacqui Knee

Jacqui Knee

Consultant

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons)

Jacqui works predominantly in the dairy industry. This work focuses on business planning, profitability and the efficient use of water and other natural resources on-farm, including dairy effluent. Clients include: farmers, state government agencies, dairy regional development programs and Dairy Australia. Her knowledge of business management helps businesses and rural industries understand trends and issues to make better decisions.

Suzanne Pollock

Suzanne Pollock

Consultant

B.App.Sci. (Env.Mgt.)

Suzanne has had experience across a wide variety of projects, from loss assessment to town drainage studies and has experience in data collection, soil analysis, irrigation management, land capability studies, GIS mapping and groundwater analysis.

Rebecca Schwarzman

Rebecca Schwarzman

Consultant

B.Sci. (Hons)

Bec has skills and knowledge in the socio-environmental aspects of natural resource management, integrated water management, agriculture and regional development. She has been involved in a variety of projects with a focus on program evaluation, strategic planning and social research, primarily for government agencies. Her recent work has focussed on catchment and river health management, bushfire management planning, composts in agriculture and social research on drivers and barriers to landholder participation and compliance.