Our Team

Ian Barker

Director

Interests: Spending time with family & friends at our farm.
Favourite Sport: Skiing.
Favourite Plant: Echinacea purpurea.

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Daniel Rawson

Design Manager

Interests: I enjoy most sports, in particular cricket. Keeping fit and active.
Favourite Plant: Eucalyptus mannifera.
Favourite Singer: City and Colour.

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Steve Lowe

Landscape Manager

Interests: Golf, Water Ski, Footy, Snow Boarding
Favourite season: Autumn – Cut back and cull a lot of plants and plan for the spring. Colour changes in the trees
Favourite singer or band: Florence Welch (Florence & The Machine) and Zach De la Rocha-Rage Against the Machine

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Jimena Acevedo

Maintenance Manager

Interests: Long bush walks, coastal treks and leisurely bike rides. I also enjoy photography, visiting art galleries and gardening.
Where in the world would you most like to go?: Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu.
Favourite singer or band: The Makos

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Sandra Jacobsen

Accounts Manager

Interests: Tennis, golf & shopping.
Favourite Season: Summer. I love cutting the grass in the sunshine.
Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Raspberry.

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Kym Kearney

Marketing Manager

Interests: Keeping fit, cooking, music, dancing, playing with my kids and spending time with family and friends
Favourite season: Summer, what’s not to love??? Hot balmy nights and spending time at the beach!
Favourite restaurant: Sake Restaurant & Bar (Southbank)

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Gillian Ashley

Draftsperson

Interests: Visiting gardens, collecting rare plants, architecture and writing.
Where in the world would you most like to go? To see the Northern Lights.
Favourite Plant: Frittilaria meleagris.
Favourite Band: Goldfrapp.

 

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David Bascombe

Qualified Landscape Supervisor

Interests: Tennis, gym, my wife.
Favourite Season: Summer. I love going to the beach.
Favourite Cuisine: Thai.

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Jarrod Castagna

Apprentice Landscaper

Interests: I enjoy dirt bike riding and the outdoors
Where in the world would you most like to go: Road trips around Australia and Switzerland
Favourite Ice-cream Flavour:Choc mint

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Andrew Clancy

Maintenance Supervisor

Interests: Coaching my son’s cricket team (Carnegie Cricket Club U/11’s), which I enjoy immensely.
Where would you most like to go in the world? Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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James Cosh

Maintenance Supervisor

Interests: Cooking, travel, getting out of the city and visiting wineries.
Where in the world would you most like to go?James Turrell Museum in Colomè (Northern Argentina)
Favourite movie: Muriel’s wedding.

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Joe Cummins

Maintenance Gardener

Interests:Reading, listening to and writing music, literature, playing in my band, going to gigs and following my sporting teams.
Favourite Book:The Rings of Saturn by WB Sebald
Favourite Sport:Playing soccer and watching rugby league

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Connor Davidson

Apprentice Landscaper

Interests: Cycling, running and drawing
Favourite season: Spring, the change from cold to warm – plant growth!
Favourite Movie: Tomorrowland

 

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Mitch Dunn

Qualified Landscape Supervisor

Interests: Football, basketball, TV shows, movies, music, guitar, animals and nature.
What is your favourite season and why? Summer, for the road trips and beach.

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Daniel Eastman

Apprentice Landscaper

Interests: Playing sport (football, cricket, soccer, golf), playing music and going to gigs.
Favourite Plant: Ficus macrophylla (Moreton Bay Fig).
Favourite Movie: Lord of the Rings (all three).

 

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James Forster

Apprentice Landscaper

Interests: Golf, soccer, TV shows, movies, music and hanging out with friends.
Favourite band: Gang of youths.
Football Team:Essendon.

 

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Ryan Gallagher

Apprentice Landscaper

What is your favourite season and why? Winter – snow forts, snowboarding and skating.
Hockey Team: Montreal Canadians.
Favourite book:The Hobbit.

 

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Brendan Gallop

Apprentice Landscaper

Interests: Footy and basketball
Where in the world would you most like to go?North America
Favourite ice cream flavour: Cookies and Cream

 

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Bal Johal

Maintenance Gardener

Interests: Cooking everything and anything, watching TV shows with my sister, reading and yoga
Favourite plants:Cestrum nocturnum and Dahlia genus
Favourite Movies:Fight Club, Man on Fire & Romeo and Juliet

 

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Paul Jones

Qualified Maintenance Supervisor

Interests: Mountain bike riding.
Where would you most like to go in the world? Galapagos Islands.
Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Choc Berry.

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Ben Lockwood

Apprentice Landscaper

Interests: Rugby, fishing & cooking.
What is your favourite season and why? Summer because it’s sunny and hot – perfect for beach and boat!
Favourite Plant: Allium giganteum
Favourite Movie: Die Hard

 

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Sharna Manktelow

Administration Assistant

Interests:Reading lots of books, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games!
Where would you most like to go in the world? Back to Scotland, beautiful countryside full of castles.
Favourite Ice Cream Flavour:Cookies and Cream

 

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Brayden Murrihy

Landscape Architect

Interests: Soccer, running, surfing, drawing, reading and seeing friends
Favourite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Favourite Book: A Song of Ice and Fire

 

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Rodrigo Nunez

Maintenance Gardener

Interests:Yoga, friends, going to cinema nova and trying new cafés.
Where in the world would you most like to go:Bhutan, India and China. I’d also love to revisit Europe (especially Spain) and the Amazon.
Favourite Colour:Blue

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Daniel Nuttall

Apprentice Landscaper

Interests: Catching up with mates, playing footy, taking my dog to the park, music and reading
Favourite Plant: Eucalyptus polyanthemos
Favourite singer or band:The Doors

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Celeste Rech

Administration Assistant

Interests: Art galleries, road trips, friends, anything fun and spontaneous
Favourite Plant:Gerberas & Sunflowers – I love bright flowers
Favourite Cuisine: Thai food

 

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Chris Ruck

Qualified Landscaper

Interests: Hanging out with mates and family, keeping fit, playstation, movies, tv shows.
Favourite Plant: Acer palmatum ‘October Glory’.
Favourite Colour: Blue

 

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John Wilson

Maintenance Apprentice

Interests: Gym, hiking, holidays, watching movies and TV shows with my girlfriend.
What is your favourite season and why? Summer – it’s warm, good for BBQs.
Favourite movie:Speed.

 

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