Trainers

All our trainers meet the requirements for the courses they deliver.


Photo of Dan AustinDan Austin

Training areas: Sydney & outer metropolitan areas, Mudgee, Bathurst, Broken Hill, Bourke, Cobar Wilcannia and as required throughout the rest of NSW.

Experience: A professional weed agronomist with over 30 years of experience in vegetation management. Previously owned and operated Sydney Weed & Pest Management Pty Ltd and Sydney Feral Animal Control Pty Ltd. Providing training in chemical safety since 1998, working for ChemCert, TAFE, SMARTrain, Tocal Ag College, and Department of Primary Industries. Also provides training in chainsaw safety, machinery hygiene, restricted use chemicals and quad bike safety.

Learner Feedback: “Time effective, easy to follow, and assessments were straightforward.” – Giuseppe from Galston


Grahame Edgar

Training areas: Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Scone, Muswellbrook, Tamworth, Armidale, Guyra, Glen Innes, Tenterfield, Gunnedah, Moree, Narrabri and Wee Waa

Experience: Over 40 years of farming experience including cattle production and vegetation management. Providing training in AQF 3 chemical safety since 2003 for ChemCert and from 2014 for SpraySMART.

Learner Feedback: “The trainer was absolutely excellent, very professional and a great knowledge of all subjects.” – Michael from Coonamble

“Grahame was informative, ran to time and used a quality reference manual” – David from Armidale


Graham Matthews

Experience: Over 30 years experience in agribusiness including cattle production and vegetation management. 20 years as Chief Noxious Weeds Officer. Previously owned and operated GM Rural Training. Head Trainer Chemcert Training Group 2009/2010. Providing training in chemical safety since 1994.

Learner Feedback: “The trainer made everybody feel at ease and gave clear communication and was easy to listen to (not boring).” = Michael from Taree


Photo of Mark AllanMark Allan

Training areas: Sydney & outer metropolitan areas, Wollongong, Dapto, Nowra, Bega, Bombala, Yass, Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Crookwell and Cooma.

Experience: Over 20 years of experience in greenkeeping. Mark owns and operates his own contracting business. Training provider for over 15 years with TAFE NSW and has worked with SpraySmart since 2017.


Michael Wright

Training areas: Albury Wodonga, Young, Leeton, and Narrandera.

Experience: Over 25 years of experience in vegetation management. Training provider for over 15 years with SMARTrain, Department of Primary Industries and Tocal Ag College providing training in Chemical/Pesticide Safety. Mike was the manager for SMARTtrain for many years and travelled all over Australia training and managing their trainers. 

Learner Feedback: “Mike was clear and precise during the training, anything that I did not understand was readily explained.” – Iain from Wagga


Pat Calabria

Experience: A primary producer with over 30 years of experience in vegetation management. Presently owns and operates a small vineyard producing grapes for wine production.

Learner Feedback: “Easy to read information, good to follow in book. Trainer was great to deal with and very helpful.” – Paul from Griffith


Peter Ellmer

Training areas: Sydney & outer metropolitan areas

Experience: Over 25 years in experience in vegetation management. Peter owns and operates his own contracting business Total Weed Control. Training provider for over 10 years with TAFE NSW and SMARTrain and Tocal Ag College providing training in AQF 3 Chemical Safety


Colin MacRae

Experience: Grew up on Central West NSW farms, jackarooed Western NSW, sold chemicals in rural stores, ran own on-farm rural store with biological agronomy service, chemical training since 2000, presently runs own RTO training centre on a farm at Bathurst. Training vocational students since 1985. Cares very much about excellent training & especially Integrated Pest Management – the way of the future. Passionate to ensure each student is trained and assessed properly.


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