Enhancing the productivity of the sugar industry by improving the quantity and quality of sugar cane grown in the Innisfail and Babinda districts, in an environmentally sustainable and economically viable manner.



We work towards improving the profitability of your sugarcane business

Maria Solis

Extension Agronomist

Maria was born in the Andes of

Ecuador and grew up in her

family’s dairy farm. She moved to

Australia 9 years ago to study her

masters at James Cook University Cairns and continued her PhD studies in Agricultural Economics at the University of Western Australia with a focus on socio-economic analysis of forests and farming enterprises.

Maria joined IBCPS the 24 th August 2021;

after working as an Agro-industry researcher at Yachay University in Ecuador.

Bob Stewart


Bob has a background in Agricultural Science and Agricultural Engineering and is a Chartered Agriculturalist in the Ag Institute Australia and a Registered Professional Engineer Queensland.

He has worked in rice, irrigation and sewage and industrial waste water treatments in Malaysia. He was also a Technical Field Officer with CSR Ltd in Ingham (principally drainage) and Ayr (principally irrigation) for 12 years as well as being the Catchment Coordinator for the Johnstone River Catchment Management Association for almost 20 years.

Bob operates an agricultural consultancy business and two sugarcane farms.

Pauline Diprose

Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Pauline and her family moved to Innisfail in 2017 after living in Townsville for 10 years and being the treasurer for the Rebels Soccer Club over that time. Pauline has completed her Certificate III in Business and Administration. Pauline has been with IBCPS as company secretary since 2017 and continues to offer excellent service to our growers and stakeholders.


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