Energy Transformation Working Group

Brett Hall

Brett is Chairman of the Tasmanian Beef Industry Trust, a Director of Cattle Council, and the Inaugural Chairman of the Tasmanian Red Meat Industry Council. He is a former director of the Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association, the former Inaugural Chairman of the Southern Australia Beef Research Council, and a Brigade Chief at the Pawtella Fire Brigade.

Robyn Bell

Robyn has over 20 years practical experience in resource management that includes catchment management, rehabilitation and working with agricultural producers in addressing land management issues (land, vegetation, water, climate) in NSW, Qld, Victoria and WA. These include roles working within not-for-profit groups, state and federal government agencies in extension, stakeholder engagement and strategic planning. Robyn also recently completed the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac Climate Sustainability Plan (2016) which encapsulated stakeholder strategies and actions for sustainability in the region in a changing climate. Robyn holds a Bachelor of Science, a PhD and has Postgraduate qualifications in climate adaptation.

Dennis Ward

Dennis  owns and operates a grain wholesaling business specializing in birdseed and poultry feed - Avigrain. His primary role in the business is purchasing and analyzing grain markets.

In this capacity, through talking with growers on a daily basis, independent research and having skin in the game, Derek has become aware of the impacts of climate change and volatility on agriculture and specifically grain markets. His view is that society is not meeting the difficult challenge of mitigating nor adapting to climate change and that new voices are needed to wake up the populace. Maybe farmers can break through?

Dale Park

Dale farms cattle in partnership with his wife Marian at Badgingarra (200km North of Perth in Western Australia). Dale has been watching and been interested in the state of the atmosphere for over 20 years, holding the Environment and Climate Change portfolio for WA Farmers Federation before becoming President in 2012. Dale is on the NFF environment committee and was very involved in the negotiations with the then Labor government on how Agriculture was going to be part of the solution with the introduction of a price on carbon.

Barbara Kelly

Barbara worked in secondary education for 30 years as a teacher and Deputy Principal but her heart has always remained firmly tied to the land. She was raised on a mixed grain and cattle property in Queensland’s South Burnett which, combined with her university studies majoring in Geography, informed a lifelong interest and commitment to sustainable farming practice. She dabbled in various hobbies during her teaching career, including an angora goat enterprise and a cafe. Barbara now owns and manages a small agritourism business near Boonah based around a boutique olive grove which sells olive product locally (Scenic Rim Olives & The Grove Cottage) and is in the process of regenerating the family farm at Nanango. She is secretary of the South East Queensland Olive Growers Association, member of the Queensland Olive Council and a tireless ambassador and practical supporter of the Scenic Rim Region’s Eat Local campaign.

Charlie Prell

Charlie Prell is a fourth generation family farmer from Crookwell in NSW. He has managed the family farm for over 30 years, focusing on breeding sheep. He was a councilor on the inaugural Upper Lachlan Shire Council from 2004 to 2008. He was a director on the Goulburn Rural Lands Protection Board from 1996 to 2006, chair of the Board for three years (2002-2004). He is one of three farmers under the proposed Crookwell 2 wind farm. He has had 15 years of experience in renewables, focusing on wind farms. He is a strong public advocate for the benefits wind farms can bring to small rural communities. He is an advocate for an inclusive “benefit sharing” model for wind farm developments rather than the current development model most frequently used in Australia. He was instrumental in the formation of the group known as the Regional Renewables Alliance (RRA). The threat of climate change is a very important issue for him. He has been a strong voice for action on climate change in rural Australia for many years. In July 2014 he accepted a position as a regional organiser with the Australian Wind Alliance, and continues in this part time position today. He has worked on the steering committee for Farmers for Climate Action as co-chair for the past two years.