What you do in your role – Like everyone else at Bannister Downs I have a varied role that covers high level business planning and development, making sure that business is economically strong and resilient, thinking through solutions to equipment maintenance and most importantly communicating with our customers and our team.
What you like best about BD – Sometimes I cannot get out of bed early enough as there is so much to do and in just about all cases it is all very positive. This is so true because of our great team of ‘can do’ people and our loyal and passionate customers, not to mention the fact that we are fortunate to live in one of the best places in the world and I have a healthy family to care for. I love being involved with such a practical company that sets high standards and being surrounded by people who care at every step. I really enjoy knowing that we are producing a high quality product for everyone to enjoy. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!
Pastimes – I enjoy cooking and sharing meals with friends, attempting to take photos and hopefully one day I might re-appear on a Polocrosse field (in E grade!), in the meantime I really enjoy watching our children engaged with a wide range of sporting activities
Gina Rinehart +
What matters to me - I am very passionate about the welfare of our cows and making sure that we do all that we can to look after them on our properties. Another strong interest of mine is technology, to make things safer for our teams and our animals and it is great to see some very exciting technology in place at Bannister Downs Dairy. My heart is in the bush as it is where I grew up as a child and consequently I share a lot of the same hard working, honest Australian values that makes us all proud to be a part of the very important industry of ‘agriculture’.
What do I like best about BDD – it would have to be the delicious double cream!
Mat Daubney +
General Manager - Farm
What you do in your role – My role varies quite a bit day to day and even during the day. (If you ask my kids, they'd probably say my role is driving around the farm having cups of tea with family and neighbours). My day kicks off pretty early and the first stop is the dairy. I have a great team at the dairy and we share the morning workload between us. Once the dairy is up and tuning it is off to the calving paddock to see what new babies have arrived in the night, once I know they are all okay I head back across the farm and check on other parts of the farm, see the cows and plan out our day
Jane Bennett +
What you do in your role – Run the Filling Machines that fill the pouches with milk and then puts them into a carton. Maintenance and cleaning of machines
What you like best about BDD – The milk, the team at Bannister Downs and beautiful Northcliffe where I live and work.
Your past times – Horses, farming, camping and fishing.
Ray Lutter +
Occupation - Maintenance Manager
What you do in your role – I make, repair and maintain all sorts of things at BD. I often get to roam all over the farm repairing things and this helps me learn more about how the entire operation works
What you like best about BD – I like being a part of a team that helps BD produce the best milk in the world. I like the countryside, the cows, the trees and the people who work there. Mat and Sue are always making plans for future prospects and I am happy to help achieve their aims as best as I can
Pastimes – I like reading military and aviation history, creating things out of recycled steel and wood, making furniture, playing with Missie Moo the rottweiller, watching footy and V8 Supercar and fishing, although my rods have lately grown cobwebs! I also try very hard to keep my wife happy
Susan Pratt +
Occupation - Preparation and Dispatch Assistant
What you do in your role – When I first get to work I turn the box machine on and set up the preparation area before I calculate all the numbers for packaging and dispatch for the day. I make sure the correct dates and stickers are attached to the right boxes for our suppliers. Whilst making sure everything is running smoothly, I also prepare fresh produce, make sure the correct forms are filled out and help packing the boxes when required
What you like best about BD – I like that everyone works as a team to keep everything running smoothly and how honest and genuine BD and our team is
What you do in your role – Customer liaising, data entry, giving customers information about Bannister Downs Dairy, trying to get the milk orders right!
What you like best about BD – The team I work with and being able to work for a local business that employs local people and being able to be a part of BD’s exciting growth
Past times – Family adventures to the coast, camping, fishing, badminton, gardening, seeing a great band live and dancing the night away, girls weekends away and trying new restaurants
Silvina Bertoni +
Shannon Bunting +
Ruth Walker +
Jenny Mawdsley +
What you do in your role – Maintain debtors & creditors, attend to customers and supplier account queries, process data, transfers, end of month entries and complete account reconciliations.
What you like best about BDD – I like that I am able to contribute and assist in the operations of BDD. I work with a great team of colleagues where I feel that my input is valued. It’s a pleasure to work so close to home for a locally owned business and to be part of BDD’s growth.
Your past times – I like gardening and spending time with my family and friends.
Nigel Parker +
Emma Bennett +
What you do in your role ?
My role varies a fair bit day to day – I am an equipment operator and cross between Processing and Filling. I assist with some maintenance tasks, training new team members, a little QA work and ensuring the day to day processing and filling operations run as smoothly as possible.
What you like best about BDD ?
One of my favourite things about BDD is that we are located in one of the most beautiful spots. I usually work early mornings so being able to see the sunrise over the paddocks through the windows most days is pretty special. Secondly, I love the team environment that we have here, it is a like one big family all coming together to get the job done each day and I am very grateful for that.
Your past times ?
Anything that involves the outdoors – I love hiking, camping and being out in nature (especially when the sun it out!). I’m pretty lucky to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the state that allows me to have all these adventures just out my doorstep.
Thank you all +
Our business owes a huge debt of thanks to everyone who helped us grow to where we are today.
Pat Halliday +
What you like best about BD – I enjoy the wide variety of tasks, working both independently and as part of a team, working with a range of hardworking people, and I am proud of the quality product we produce
Pastimes – My pastimes are generally centered on the beautiful Karri forest surrounding our property, and include bushwalking, botany, wildlife appreciation, gardening and horse riding
Karen Parke +
Occupation – Administration & Payroll (2007-2019)
What you like best about BD – Every day is a great day when you drive into work past the beautiful scenery and cows strolling in the paddocks – it always puts a smile on your face. Mat and Sue are the most genuine people anyone could work for and we all take such pride in sharing in their success
Pastimes – Spending time on our little property being pretend farmers and watching our kids and their friends get together to make even more motocross jumps in our paddocks! I also love going to the city and trying new cafés and restaurants (particularly those that use BDDC products!) and I go to live concerts whenever I can