We would like to acknowledge the significant contribution to AFSA these people have made, so over the coming weeks we will attempt to bring you a little on as many of them as possible.


Pam and Les Clulow

Life Members since 2006

Clulow Nominees (Katanning, Tambellup and surrounds, WA)

Pam and Les purchased their contracting business in Katanning in 1980, with expansion quickly following in 1985 following the purchase of another contracting business in Tambellup.  At this time they were also offered the management of the CSBP depot, which they accepted.  This meant they now covered a very wide area, and involved the management  of 3 trucks, staff and the depot.

The Clulows worked side by side in the business until 1989 when Pam decided on a career change and took on a role in senior administration with the Department of Ag in WA.  She was able to develop her passion for organising events and activities across the state and found she loved her new role. 

In 2015, they sold the business and Les retired to Mandurah to oversee the building of their new home over-looking the beach.  Pam followed in 2016 after she eventually retired from her much loved role with the Department.

Pam talks of some of the great overseas trips with AFSA in the past and the network they now have across the Australia through their involvement with other members as one of the benefits of being so heavily involved in the industry for such a long period.

These days, Les spends much of his time fishing, heading out in his 6.5 metre Cat as often as the weather allows while Pam enjoys entertaining and cooking with her grand-children.  For five months of the year, they and their caravan can be found somewhere between Darwin and Broome, where they spend one month with their son and his family in Darwin and the remaining time relaxing at the Cable Beach Caravan Park. 




Geoff Quinn

Life member since 2006

Blenkhorn Railton Lime Pty Ltd (Tasmania)

In 1977, Geoff attended his first AFSA conference in Hobart with his father, Trevor (who was awarded AFSA Life membership in 1974),this was the start of a life long association.  He has held the majority of roles with the Tasmanian branch including being involved in writing the Code of Practice with the assistance of Dr Mike Walker some 25 years ago.  

Blenkhorn Railton Lime Pty Ltd was opened by his mother’s family in 1862 and they produced, transported and spread lime until 1999, when the decision was made to close the business.   Following this Geoff went to work with an electrical engineering company as their workplace safety and human resources officer in varying capacities until his retirement.

Geoff has been retired for the last 2 and 1/2 years and now spends his time in Shearwater, Tasmania where he is a semi-professional musician.  He is currently part of a couple of local acts where he fills the role of bass guitarist and vocals.

The next generation of Quinn sons have taken on other career paths including electrical project management, IT and even acting on occasion. Geoff has no plans to travel and is happy playing music and keeping his eye on the fertiliser industry from a distance these days and providing input to the Tasmanian branch when he can.

Geoff was in the Navy based at Jervis Bay ( Royal Australian Naval College which was at HMAS Creswell) and this picture was taken at one of the first 'gigs' he ever did as a semi professional muso.

This was taken at the Ainslie Football Club in Canberra (late 1965) - Geoff is  the bloke on the far right with the white shirt and fancy tie!!


Geoff Quinn today - some 52 years on





Kevin and Bev McDonald

Life members since 2000
McDonald Bulk Haulage (Winchelsea, Victoria)

Kevin had been in the fertiliser industry for his whole life until his retirement in the last couple of years.  With his father beginning the family business in 1930, Kevin joined him in 1941, aged 17.  This was the beginning of a life-long career involving fertiliser and transport. 

In his time with AFSA, Kevin, with Bev by his side, has been Victorian President and attended almost every meeting since becoming involved in the 80s.  He also spent 3 years as National president in the early 90s, with some of his achievements including appointing Neil Henry to Company secretary and organising an 18 day fertiliser tour to America for 50 people.  Keeping in mind this was done in the time before computers and email, with most communications being done via fax and Bev organising almost all of the logistics in this way.  

       On returning from this trip, Kevin and Bev took on the role of editors of the Fertiliser News which they continued to do for about 10 years.   

       Retirement for Bev and Kevin has been a bit of a long drawn out process, but both are looking forward to a trip to New Zealand in thenear future.

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