Back

Soil health and sustainable land management

RMCG has a long history of work in the policy, strategy and on-ground aspects of soil health and sustainable land management.

We have led development of state level soils strategies, as well as regional and local strategies. We have worked closely with communities and farmers to create local action plans for protecting and improving soil health.

Our mix of farming and environmental knowledge means that we can see how soil and land management is critical to both areas. We have experience working with communities, particularly farming communities, on soil health issues. We understand the passions and enthusiasm that are often ignited by discussions about soil conservation and land management.

Our advice can be specific to a local paddock or across an entire catchment or region. Our approach is evidence based decision-making. We collect relevant data, develop a practical analysis framework for the data, and then provide clear management decisions with financial analysis. This provides confidence that the desired soil management outcome will be achieved.

In recent years, we have worked closely with farmers and regional catchment authorities to clarify the opportunities that soil carbon presents. This has included bringing both technical and policy rigor to these discussions to ensure that landholders understand carbon markets and opportunities for increasing soil carbon, and set realistic expectations from these market opportunities.

Team

Dr Doris Blaesing

Dr Doris Blaesing

Associate

Dipl.Ing.Agr., Dr.rer.hort.

Doris has extensive experience in agricultural business development, resource management and R&D. She has a good understanding of agricultural production systems and supply chains. Her strengths are strategy and concept development, innovative thinking, problem solving, multi-disciplinary project management and communication on all levels with a broad range of people. Doris worked in public and private research, education, export and agribusinesses.

Shayne Annett

Shayne Annett

Associate

B.Ag.Sci., M.Res.Admin. (NRM)

Shayne has over 25 years working in land, water and biodiversity management, and during that time has developed the ability to see things from many perspectives, to anticipate issues that might arise and to draw on his experience to develop pragmatic and progressive solutions. He understands on-ground work, private and public land management, planning and managing programs and projects, and policy at local, state and national levels.

Jencie McRobert

Jencie McRobert

Associate

B.Sci., Grad.Dip.Eco., Assoc.App.Sci.

Jencie understands the science and economics of natural resource management and has grounded and practical experience in soils, mixed farming and viticulture. She has highly developed skills in evaluation of agricultural and natural resource management programs, business case writing, greenhouse emissions analysis and sustainable resource use, and catchment management.  Jencie knows and appreciates the issues affecting communities in rural and regional Australia.

Shelley McGuinness

Shelley McGuinness

Senior Consultant

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons)

Shelley has strongly developed strategic planning skills and an ability to develop and apply logical methodologies to complex problems resulting in workable, robust strategies and policy solutions. With over 25 years’ experience she has an in-depth understanding of rural communities, industries, environments and natural resources, their inter-relationships and inter-dependencies. Her skills and experience have been applied to rural and regional strategic land use planning, agricultural industry analysis, assessment of land capability and suitability, land use conflict and environmental planning.

Carl Larsen

Carl Larsen

Senior Consultant

B.Env.Sci., B.Soc.Sci. (Env.), PG.Cert.CCPI.

Carl is a socio-environmental scientist with skills in planning, delivery and evaluation of agriculture and natural resource management programs, integrated water management, climate change and stakeholder engagement. He has an understanding of the practical implications of policy and science on communities and agriculture. Carl has worked with a range of government departments, resource management agencies, private organisations and communities around Australia on catchment management, sustainable water use, resource management in agriculture/horticulture, land use, climate change, strategic planning, and extension and practice change.

Steph Drum

Steph Drum

Senior Consultant

B.Nat.Res. (Hons)

Steph has specific skills and experience in natural resource management and sustainable agriculture, stakeholder and community engagement, policy and strategy development and evaluation. She has broad ranging experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of natural resource management programs. Steph combines her technical NRM knowledge with her expertise in building community capacity to develop tailored approaches to delivering and evaluating both environmental and social outcomes.

Simon McGuinness

Simon McGuinness

Principal

B.Ag.Sci.

Simon specialises in strategic planning, critical thinking, evaluation and facilitation.  He works primarily in the natural resource management sector, and also has deep experience in rural and regional development. With expertise in mediation and conflict resolution, he has led numerous projects requiring skilful delivery of community and stakeholder engagement processes.

Dr Claire Feniuk

Dr Claire Feniuk

Consultant

PhD, MSc., BSc. (Hons)

Claire is passionate about working on the interface between research, policy and practice to support sustainable land management. Through her research and policy experience, Claire has gained insight into a wide range of approaches to agriculture and natural resource management worldwide and brings an international perspective to our team.

Ian Douglas

Ian Douglas

Consultant

M.Sc.(Ag/Env), B.Sc.(Env.Mgt), Adv.Cert.Ag.

Ian is an soil scientist and environmental consultant with particular expertise in soil and land suitability assessment and soil nutrient cycles. Ian has experience evaluating the interactions between soils physical properties, the landscape and climate. He has also carried out resources risk assessments and agricultural land value classification.

Anna Kelliher

Anna Kelliher

Principal

BA, BE (Hons), GAICD

Anna is an environmental engineer with 15 years’ experience in water and catchment management. She specialises in recycled water planning, irrigation modernisation, land capability assessment, environmental risk assessment and catchment condition reporting. Anna has experience working with industry, government, farmers and the community, and has developed sound teamwork, communication and project management skills.

Matt Shanahan

Matt Shanahan

Principal

B.Tech. (Env.)

Matt has been working in the water/irrigation industry for the past 15 years, having spent the last 12 years with RMCG consulting to a range of private and government clients.  Matt has worked extensively in the field of recycled water and organics management, having prepared master plans, land capability assessments, irrigation management plans and environmental management plans for a range of clients.  He is also experienced in the development of works approval applications and undertaking technical assessments involving the management of soils, nutrients and salinity/sodicity.

Donna Lucas

Donna Lucas

Senior Consultant

B.App.Sci. (Hons)

Donna is an agricultural consultant with experience in research, extension, farm business management and evaluation. She enjoys working with groups or individual businesses to solve problems, support decision-making and put research into practice. Donna has worked in accounting and has strong analytical and project management skills. She is also actively involved in The Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN).

Sophie Lapsley

Sophie Lapsley

Vegetable Industry Education & Training Initiative Coordinator

B.Sci.Ag.Lan.Man. (Hons), Dip.Bus.Mgt.

Sophie has extensive experience in private and public companies complimented with the successful operation of two privately owned companies. This has included roles in the Agricultural Sector, Quality Management, Operations & Business Management and Accounting enabling her to develop skills in many areas including; Lean Management, Change Management, Continuous Improvement, Education & Training, WHS, Project Management, and Soil & Plant Nutrition.

Steph McNulty (nee Spry)

Steph McNulty (nee Spry)

Consultant

M.Env., B.Sci. (Marine Biology)

Steph has ten years’ experience working in environmental management. Key areas of knowledge include general ecology and environmental policy. She has specific skills in GIS analysis, project management and stakeholder consultation. Steph’s work has focused on the delivery of balanced, practical and effective environmental interventions.

Morag Anderson

Morag Anderson

Consultant

BSc (Hons), Dip.Proj.Mgmnt

Morag is an experienced project manager, with a great ability to synthesise technical information and communicate it to a wide audience.  She has a great understanding of regulatory processes. She also brings critical thinking and an awareness of individual differences and needs to projects.  She has a science background with a broad understanding of environmental disciplines.