Replenishing Groundwater

since 1965

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Directors & Staff

LBW is governed by a Board comprising of seven Directors. Four Directors are LBW ratepayers, two Directors are nominated by the sugar miller and one Director is nominated by the Burdekin Shire Councilas the community representative. Each Director is appointed for term of 3 years.

Lisa Parker

Lisa is the manager of Burdekin Cane & Agriculture Organisation Limited (formerly Pioneer Cane Growers Organisation Limited). Previously Lisa worked as a litigation solicitor in Ayr, Townsville and in Newcastle, New South Wales. Lisa and her husband Ross (a fourth generation Burdekin cane farmer) purchased their farm and relocated their family to Ayr in 2017. Lisa is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Glenis Jones

Glenis is a Northern Division LBW ratepayer representative (farming operations include groundwater and open water) and commenced her current term as a Director in October 2019. Glenis has been actively involved in the family farming business for over 40 years – firstly with husband, Ellis, and now with son Ryan (4th generation), in both administration and ‘hands on’ outside. Glenis’ interests, other than family and business, is in the equestrian arena, particularly as a Dressage competitor.

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Michael Caspanello

Michael has served on the Board since 2005 in both Deputy and Chairman positions during this time. Michael is a third generation farmer and farms with his three sons in the Northern and Southern Divisions of the Authority Area.

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Peter Larsen

Peter is a representative of Wilmar Sugar Australia Ltd and has served on the Water Board since 2013. Peter is responsible for agriculture productivity across all Wilmar Sugar growing areas. Peter is also a Director on the Burdekin Productivity Services Board.

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Neomi Butler

Neomi is a representative of Wilmar Sugar Australia Ltd (the sugar milling entity) and commenced her current term on the Board in July 2019. Neomi has a background in Accounting and is a Commercial Manager at Wilmar Sugar.

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Cr Kaylee Boccalatte

Kaylee is a representative of the Burdekin Shire Council and commenced her current term as a Director of LBW in August 2020. Kaylee and her Husband own a farm in the Northern Division of LBW’s authority area. Kaylee has a background in Economics, Business and Employment Relations and is also a current member of the Burdekin Shire Rivers Improvement Trust and Women in Sugar.

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Russel Searle

Russel joined the Board in October 2021, having previously served alongside his father, Councillor Les Searle, on the North Burdekin Water Board in the 1990’s. Russel is a ratepayer representative and a third generation farmer in the Burdekin.

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Management Team

Executive Officer - David Sartori

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Mobile: 0408 067 705

Technical Services Manager - Peter Piotto

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Mobile: 0429 030 089

Operations Manager - Charles Papale

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Mobile: 0407 636 488

Finance Officer - Elliott Gullotta

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Mobile: 0428 712 168

Technical Officer - Paul Godfrey

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Mobile: 0429 158 181

Southern Division Operations Supervisor - Glenn Pola

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Mobile: 0429 821 703

Northern Division Operations Supervisor - Aaron Papale

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Mobile: 0407 169 962