Central West Farming Systems Executive Committee


David Watt - Trundle


Vice Chairman

Ruth Klinger



David McDonald - Condobolin



Graham McDonald


Committee member

Lawrence Higgins - Merriwagga

Lawrence Higgins has been on the CWFS executive since the inception of the organisation in 1998. Lawrence has been a farmer within the Merriwagga area since 1962 on a family farm as well as leased and share farmed land. The main driver for being part of Central West farming Systems has been to help conduct research that is relevant to the Merriwagga area. In 1998 majority of the agricultural research being extended was conducted in Wagga Wagga and wasn’t relevant to the drier climate at Merriwagga.

Committee member

Pat O'Connell - Forbes


Committee member

Dan Mattiske

Committee member

Georgie Luelf - Weethalle


Skills based Rep

Toni Nugent - Wagga Wagga

Ms Toni Nugent has been a CWFS Executive member since 2014. Toni has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from The University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) from Charles Sturt University, and has more than 20 years’ experience in the agricultural and communications industry. Toni is the Industry Partnerships and Communications manager for the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, a research alliance between Charles Sturt University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries, based in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Prior to joining the Graham Centre, she was employed for 11 years with the Kondinin Group as Research Coordinator, heading up their research team. Ms Nugent has extensive writing and team coordination experience. She has edited the books Spraying Solutions, Stalk to Store and Grain Marketing Lingo, and has published a number of other books throughout her career.

Skills based Rep

Olivia Dawson - Condobolin


Skills based Rep

Ian Menz - Condobolin


Manager, International Relations, NSW DPI

Josh Gordon