About Us


Riverland Lending Services was established in 2002. Today RLS is the region's largest finance brokerage.

With offices in Berri and Loxton, RLS is accredited with most of Australia's lending institutions. It's from this huge range of options that RLS selects the best loan deals for their clients. (It would probably be fair to say that most people wouldn't have the time, or the experience, to conduct this type of extensive research for themselves).

RLS's success is attributable to the exceptional professionalism and finance industry knowledge of its senior personnel who thrive on the challenge of securing a perfect match finance deal for each and every client.

RLS is paid in a variety of ways including commission paid to RLS by lenders, direct consulting fees or combinations thereof.

And every one of RLS's clients concur that, for them, the icing on the finance cake is the fact that RLS organises absolutely everything for them! A genuinely stress free exercise for the time poor!

Our Staff

Jeff McDonald  Managing Director

CRN 403860

Born and raised in the Riverland, Jeff joined Bank SA in 1984, holding various roles throughout regional and metropolitan South Australia until 2002, when he established Riverland Lending Services. Jeff is actively involved in the Riverland business community, sitting on a number of boards and committees. He specialises in business loans and equipment finance.

Contact Jeff at the office on 8582 2822 or mobile 0427 150 768

Mark Fielke General Manager

Mark joined Riverland Lending Services in 2017 as General Manager, after 30+ years with Bank SA. Mark brings commercial and agribusiness finance experience to RLS after working in mostly regional areas of SA and NSW. Mark also serves on a number of boards and committees both in the Riverland and Adelaide.

Contact Mark at the office on 8582 2822 or 0488 988 994

Debbie Mellett  Manager, Home & Investment Lending

CRN 403858

Debbie started her finance career in 1977 with the Commonwealth Bank, Broken Hill. After moving to the Riverland in 1988 Debbie joined Bank SA, then later the National Australia Bank Renmark. Debbie joined RLS in 2007 and specialises in all types of property finance.

Contact Debbie at the office on 8582 2822 or mobile 0412 861 585

Emma Wheeler  Finance Officer

Emma was born and educated in the Riverland and prior to joining RLS in 2012 she worked for the Department of Human Services, where she was responsible for customer service and processing claims.   Emma’s role at RLS is to assist in processing all aspects of home and personal lending documentation. 

Contact Emma at the office on 8582 2822

Elyce Sunman  Finance Officer

Elyce joined RLS in May 2015 to assist in all aspects of administration and provide specialised support for the commercial and equipment department.  Elyce completed most of her schooling locally and has always worked in the Riverland which helps her to appreciate the needs of local people and businesses. Recently Elyce has completed her Diploma in Finance Broking with the aim of becoming a consumer finance broker.

Contact Elyce at the office on 8582 2822

Steven O'Brien  Manager, Business Lending & Equipment Finance

CRN 403859

After 20 years in finance with the Commonwealth Bank, Steven joined RLS in 2004. With vast experience in all aspects of commercial lending, Steven specialises in business/ rural loans and equipment finance.

Contact Steven at the office on 8582 2822 or mobile 0409 690 231

Paul Lewis  Manager, Business Lending & Equipment Finance

CRN 424092

Manager of RLS’s Loxton Office, Paul is a well-known face in finance, sporting and community service circles throughout the Riverland. Paul joined RLS as Manager, Business Lending and Equipment Finance in January 2012, after a 40 year career in the banking industry which included 13 years based in Loxton, where he specialised in rural, commercial and equipment finance.

Contact Paul at the office on 8582 2822 or mobile 0417 623 944

Dean Fielke  Agribusiness Manager

Dean joined RLS in July 2017 as Agribusiness Manager, based in Loxton. Dean has a keen interest in all facets of primary production and a strong belief in the necessity to ensure appropriate finance structures for commercial and primary production businesses.

Contact Dean on 0429 807 849

Rodney Fredericks  Credit Manager

Rodney joined RLS as Credit Manager in August 2012 and has 28 years banking industry experience, including 17 years based in the Riverland. Rodney has extensive experience in all aspects of rural and commercial lending.

Contact Rodney at the office on 8582 2822 or mobile 0488 437 457

Rebecca Shaw  Finance Officer

Rebecca joined RLS in May 2017 with a sound business knowledge having previously run a successful business in the Riverland. Rebecca also has extensive knowledge of office procedures and provides administration and specialised support for the commercial and equipment department.

Contact Rebecca at the office on 8582 2822

Lindy Fielke  Finance Officer

Lindy brings an extensive retail and customer service background to RLS along with banking experience with NAB and Bank SA. Lindy's role at RLS is to assist in processing all aspects of commercial and equipment lending documentation.

Contact Lindy at the office on 8582 2822

Kirsten Ogle  Manager, Administration

Before Kirsten moved to the Riverland in 2002, she was admin/finance officer for a heavy vehicle manufacturer and subsequently admin/finance officer for a finance broking firm. Kirsten joined RLS in 2004 and oversees RLS administration and finance.

Contact Kirsten at the office on 8582 2822