RMCG Tasmania

RMCG Tasmania

With a presence in Launceston, Hobart and Penguin, our Tasmanian team of consultants provide agricultural and environmental services across the state as well as South Eastern Australia.

RMCG has had a dedicated presence in Tasmania since 2008 when we opened our first office in Penguin in the state’s north west. Since then we have expanded our offices to Hobart and most recently Launceston.

Welcome to AK Consultants

On 1 July 2020, RMCG joined forces with Tasmanian agricultural and natural resource management business AK Consultants to boost our presence and expertise in the agriculture and environment sectors.

AK Consultants, formerly Armstrong Agricultural Services, has been helping rural Tasmanians since 1987. The team, along with RMCG’s existing team of consultants, is committed to providing the highest standard in agricultural and land/water management consulting in Tasmania.

The services we now offer in Tasmania are an expansion on those previously offered by RMCG and AK Consultants respectively. We’ve capitalised on the strengths of each organisation and are fortunate to include the specific expertise that AK Consultants brings to our portfolio, particularly in the areas of natural values assessments, bushfire risk assessments, dam, water and irrigation services, land use planning and Geographic Information Services (GIS).

RMCG Tasmania Services

  • Natural values assessments   View 

  • Risk assessments   View 

  • Dam feasibility assessments, permits and safety reviews   View 

  • Water and irrigation services   View 

  • Expert witness statements   View 

  • Climate change adaptation   View 

  • Farm business advice   View 

  • Benchmarking   View 

  • Research, development and extension (RD&E) and capacity building   View 

  • Recycled water management   View 

  • Stakeholder and community engagement   View 

  • Facilitation   View 

  • Evaluation   View 

  • Soil health and sustainable land management   View 

  • Circular economy

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)   View 

  • Circular organics, compost and waste management   View 

  • Biosolids and organics land application   View 

  • Workforce planning and development   View 

RMCG Tasmania Team

Donna Lucas

Donna Lucas

Associate

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).

Astrid Ketelaar

Astrid Ketelaar

Associate

B. Land Man.

Astrid has been a natural resource management service provider since 1999, specialising in irrigation water resources and land use planning, and oversees all the services the Launceston team provides. Astrid has a background as a Technical Forester and over 25 years’ experience in land and water resources management.

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.

Isabel Axiö

Isabel Axiö

Senior Consultant

B.Env.Mgt. (Sustainable Development)

Isabel has 6 years’ experience in the environmental management sector and her key areas of expertise are in sustainable management of recycled water and organic wastes. Waste is an important and longstanding interest of Isabel’s, especially organic waste avoidance, processing, whole production-line waste minimisation, as well as recycling and product stewardship projects. She wants to link this interest with interdisciplinary environmental projects in climate change mitigation, sustainable natural resource management and agricultural production systems.

Michael Tempest

Michael Tempest

Senior Consultant

B Env

Michael is involved with projects relating to land use planning and environmental assessment and monitoring, including effluent reuse. He is also an Accredited Bushfire Hazard Practitioner.

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.

Ossie Lang

Ossie Lang

Consultant

Ossie provides technical and administrative support and field assistance. His key areas of expertise are in client and supplier relations, logistics, administration and business support. He has recently taken on the VegNET Tasmania coordinator position.

Samantha Gadsby

Samantha Gadsby

Senior Consultant

BSc, M Env Man.

Samantha specialises in water resources and delivers services in natural values and development approvals. Samantha’s main work at the moment is delivering a dam safety audit project for Taswater.

Sally Scrivens

Sally Scrivens

Consultant

BSc (Hons)

Sally has a background in ecology with extensive field experience. She specialises in natural values assessments and has experience in water resources and land use planning.

Case Studies

A practical guide to effective landholder engagement

07 SEP 2021

When engaging with landholders, we are often asking them to change practices on their property. This is not a straightforward request, and the term 'practice change' is often used without understandin...

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An agricultural workforce plan for Tasmania’s north west

31 MAR 2021

Agriculture is a significant contributor to the Tasmanian economy at $2.4 billion annually. While the sector has undergone a significant technological evolution over the past couple of decades, resul...

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Profitable Integration of Cropping and Livestock

19 FEB 2019

As a national project partner, RMCG was engaged by Rural Directions to collect and analyse benchmarking datasets for mixed farming businesses across Southern and Northern Victoria. Working with 20 pro...

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Backyards to Broadacres; Delivering innovative and forward-looking solutions to Tasmanian producers

07 FEB 2019

RMCG was engaged by Tamar NRM in Tasmania to deliver a series of four ‘Backyards to Broadacres’ workshops under the National Landcare Program – Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Round 201...

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Planning for a variable climate

08 OCT 2018

RMCG and Cradle Coast NRM delivered Property Management Planning (PMP) with beef producers on King Island, Tasmania. Ten beef production businesses participated to assist with the sustainable manageme...

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