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Charlie Fist

Project Manager, Mainoru, NT

Charlie is the EON Project Manager for the communities of Bulman and Beswick (Wugularr) in the Big Rivers region of the NT.

Charlie studied environmental science at Deakin University. In 2018 he completed his honours research into movement patterns of bearded dragons within farming landscapes, with the aim of informing conservation projects.

He has recently moved to Katherine from Victoria, where he was working as Team Leader: Waterways and Land Management, for Moonee Valley City Council in Melbourne.

Charlie has strong interests in ecology, land management and sustainability. The EON program appeals to him because it builds capacity within communities to take control of their own access to a healthy diet. 

He is very keen on making connections in Beswick and Bulman that will allow the program to thrive into the future.

Lucie Bernod

Project Manager, MacFarlane Primary School Katherine and Jilkminggan, NT

Lucie is EON’s Project Manager delivering the Thriving Communities program at MacFarlane Primary School in Katherine, and with the school and community of Jilkminggan.

Originally from Adelaide, Lucie recently finished her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) where she spent time researching how domestic food tasks like cooking can be shared more equally between mother and father.

Her interest in food and health considers the social, cultural and environmental aspects of food consumption. She is particularly passionate about addressing ‘food problems’ in remote populations and believes increased access to healthy, affordable and culturally significant foods is a crucial piece of the puzzle.

Karen Dack

Project Manager

Karen is EON’s Project Manager delivering the Thriving Communities Program at Clyde Fenton Primary School in Katherine, and with the school and community at Minyerri in the Big Rivers region.

Karen has previous experience working at Clyde Fenton Primary, including participating in their school holiday program delivering cooking classes to the feeder-communities of Binjari, Kalano and Rockhole. More broadly, she has worked as a Student Engagement / Truancy Officer with the Northern Territory Department of Education for many years.

Karen was born and raised in Katherine. She is married with three children, and currently enjoys living on a large property that ends on the Katherine River. The horses and cattle that roam the property keep her well supplied with manure for her vegetable garden. Karen likes to spend her spare time gardening, cooking and just being at home with her animals.

Erin Constable

Project Manager, Ngukurr & Urapunga, NT

Erin is EON’s Project Manager for the communities of Ngukurr and Urapunga, located in the Big Rivers Region of the NT.

A mother of three, Erin has always enjoyed cooking and preparing nutritious food for her family and friends. Since relocating from Victoria to Ngukurr, Erin has immersed herself in community life, sharing her home-cooked healthy meals with other local families and children.

Erin is an avid gardener and previously worked closely with a community garden in Victoria. Having run her own small business, Erin brings outstanding communication and organisational skills to the role.


Kaillee Brown,
Project Manager,
Central Arnhem, NT

Kaillee is EON’s Project Manager for the Central Arnhem communities of Pine Creek and Barunga.  An Indigenous woman from the Katherine region, Kaillee has lived, worked and raised her family in the area.

She has spent the last 9 years working in local government. During this time Kaillee worked closely with remote Indigenous communities and developed a passion to help improve the health and wellbeing of community members, particularly through nutrition education with the children.

Kaillee enjoys working in a practical ‘hands-on’ manner and has a long-term personal interest in gardening and healthy eating which she has passed on to her 3 teenage children.

Briar Reynolds

Project Manager, Mid-West WA

Briar is EON’s Project Manager for the Mid-West region in WA, delivering the Thriving Communities Program in Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Yalgoo.

Originally from New Zealand, Briar currently lives in Cue – located about half way between Meekatharra and Mount Magnet. Prior to joining EON, she taught for many years at Cue Primary School –where she was instrumental in establishing an edible garden which she incorporated into her lessons. In this role Briar also enjoyed working with students of all ages in cooking classes, and school-based food preparation.  Briar brings to the EON role a familiarity with living and working in the Mid-West region and a sound knowledge of local growing conditions. 

Briar is the mother of two adult children and is passionate about cooking, gardening and teaching.

Melanie Retchford

Project Facilitator, Big Rivers Region, NT

Melanie (Mel) Retchford is EON’s Project Facilitator for the Big River Region in the NT.  In this role Mel provides hands-on, practical assistance to the NT Operations Manager, and the Big Rivers Project Managers in the delivery of the Thriving Communities Program.

Born in Queensland, Mel moved to Katherine after completing high school.  She has now been a ‘Katherine-local’ for over 30 years, raising her own son in that time.  After spending much time working in a variety of roles on stations and properties, Mel brings a strong set of practical skills, local knowledge and remote community experience to the role.

When she is not busy travelling between the Big Rivers communities giving the Project Managers a helping-hand, she participates in a range of local sports and activities in Katherine.