Western Dairy Team

The Western Dairy office is located in Western Australia's regional city of Bunbury, within the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development building. Western Dairy employs five staff members and engages local consultants.

Western Dairy
Jo Saunders
Regional Manager

Jo is a former dairy farmer, having managed dairy farms alongside her husband in New Zealand before moving to Australia in 2011.

Jo is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce in Project Management at Edith Cowan University whilst leading the Western Dairy team in engaging and supporting WA’s dairy businesses.

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    India Brockman
    Regional Extension Officer

    India coordinates Western Dairy’s extension portfolio of events, engagement activities and workshops including the annual Dairy Innovation Day and the WA Young Dairy Network.

    She holds a Bachelor of Science (Anatomy and Human Biology) from the University of Western Australia and has worked on various dairy farms. India is passionate about animal health, calf-rearing, genetics and pasture management. 

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      Dan Parnell
      Regional Extension Officer

      Dan is an agronomist and manages the Healthy Estuaries WA project, working to improve effluent systems in partnership with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

      Dan is experienced in effluent design and works with farmers to produce efficient systems that deliver on-farm benefits as well as improved water quality outcomes within their catchments. He also supports the Dairy Farm Monitor Project, Feeding Pastures for Profit and Top Fodder programs. 

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        Fiona Jones
        Dairy Training Officer
        Fiona Jones coordinates the Western Dairy traineeship program in partnership with South Regional TAFE. She supports trainees studying Certificate III and IV in Agriculture to fulfil their professional goals.

        Fiona has more than 17 years of experience in livestock research and extension, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and a Masters in Philosophy (Animal Nutrition) from Murdoch University.
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          Jane Packard
          Farm Engagement Lead
          Jane Packard joined Western Dairy in October 2023 in the role of Farm Engagement Lead. Jane has nearly two decades professional experience in the agricultural sector, primarily in grains. She has worked for organisations such as AWB, CBH Group and Farmanco Management Consultants.

          Jane manages Western Dairy’s valuable farmer relationships through regular engagement and by recommending the right services and resources to help support profitability, sustainability and best practice on-farm.
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            Rebecca Zappia
            Rebecca is a communications and community relations professional with significant experience in media and the mining sector. She is a qualified lawyer and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication) from Murdoch University.

            Rebecca ensures WA’s dairying community are adequately informed, engaged and entertained across Western Dairy’s various communication channels.
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