Meet The Team

Whether it be a hunting safari, an airboat tour or maybe sampling a good Australian wine out on the gazebo deck and watching the sun set, the team at Carmor Plains will give you 100 percent to ensure your safari is a success.

Matt Kelman

Matt Kelman

Manager, Owner

Matt Kelman is a part owner and the manager of Carmor Plains and takes part in all aspects of running the reserve. With a lifetime of hunting experience and professionally guiding safaris since 1992, his main work is as a safari guide for the guests. Out in the bush tracking water buffalo and wild boar or catching crocodiles in the swamps… this is what he lives for.

Sheree Bowyer

Sheree Bowyer

Sheree is from Cape York originally but reckons she likes it more up in the Top End of the NT! She is a jack of all trades and will give most things a go. Sheree is not bad at fixing fences and stock work, but also like chasing wild pigs in the airboat! Don’t mess with Sheree as she knows how to use a knife and is the new gun skinner at the Carmor Plains skinning workshop!

Sheree isn’t scared of much except termite mounds hiding in the long grass!!

John and Lyn Kelman

John and Lyn Kelman

Owners

John and Lyn Kelman are the other owners of Carmor Plains and whilst they do not live full time on the Wildlife Reserve, they do play a large part in the management of the property. John is a keen pilot and flies his own light aircraft (a Mooney) from Bauple in southern Queensland up to Carmor Plains, 3 or 4 times a year to help out… 3000 km away! In his spare time he manages their other cattle property, Rossendale where he and Lyn reside.

Lyn is a very active person involved with many volunteer and advisory committees which keeps her extremely busy! Due to her hard work and efforts, in 2008 she was also appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.

David Bienvenu

David Bienvenu

David Bienvenu has been a keen hunter since he was a young lad and began guiding at Carmor Plains in 2007. Dave is passionate about his hunting and will walk that extra mile to find the big ones, especially when it comes to wild boar. He is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to big game rifles and classic old cartridges and apparantly he is also quite good at making jams and mustards down in the colder southern parts of Australia, when he is not hunting!!

Dave is a very pleasant bloke to hunt with and a most reliable guide who will ensure his clients get the best trophy available.

Blanquita Garate – Quita

Blanquita Garate – Quita

Quita (also known as the cup cake Queen!!) has made Australia Wide Safaris famous for the only buffalo safari camp with such a delicious selection of cup cakes!!

Quita loves animals and the bush life. She is also very helpful in the kitchen as Sous-Chef to Sheree. She is a dab hand at baking cakes, roast dinners in the wood oven and not to mention those cupcakes!

Lucas Tilgaard

Lucas Tilgaard

Lucas hails from Denmark and has been assistant guide at Carmor plains since 2014 season.

Young Lucas is a great guide and whilst young, he makes up for it in his enthusiasm and eagerness to find hunters the best trophy out there.

A keen wild boar hunter here in Australia, he has also hunted plains game in Africa.
A very capable young man with more experience than most at his age.