May 24, 2018
We all know that one of the biggest challenges in regional Australia is attracting good staff to small towns. But what if you didn’t have to? What if you could take on great staff wherever they are?
Verity Morgan-Schmidt, CEO of Farmers for Climate Action works remotely from her home in Cooroy, QLD, and manages a team who all work remotely in regional areas all over Australia. She says it’s not for everyone, but in the right circumstances it can be ideal.
May 15, 2018
Will Barton, CEO of Gundagai Meat Processors (GMP) joins us this week to chat about community and creating jobs. One of GMP’s biggest milestones during Will’s tenure has been the announcement of a A$30 million expansion. He chats to Kendi about how this is set to double the size of the business in the next 12 to 18 months and increase its staff from 180 to 255.
May 11, 2018
This week we speak with Esme Cairns about her and her team’s work creating employment opportunities for those most in need in south west Queensland.
With a very personalised approach, Gateway to Training’s three major programs – Get Set for Work, Steady Ready Go! And Transition to Work - are making a powerful difference to both employers and employees in the region. Employers are gaining better skilled workers and people who need help finding new directions are given the opportunity to focus their efforts toward a more fruitful employment path.
May 3, 2018
This week we speak with Ray Johnson about why there are so many great career opportunities in agribusiness – and how there are not enough skilled people to fill them. Kendi has an interesting chat with Ray about current and future trends in rural employment, and what it will take for people to realise how far agribusiness could take them.
April 25, 2018
This week we speak with Tasmanian tulip grower Dave Roberts-Thomson. Dave's family provide the star attraction - a paddock full of beautiful array of tulips - at the annual Bloomin’ Tulips festival in Wynyard, Tasmania. The town organises additional festivities from markets to cocktail parties and even a Mayoral Ball, ensuring a flow of tourism every year and longevity to the town’s small businesses.
April 19, 2018
This week we speak with Andrew Bate, who together with his wife Jocie, have been creating innovative robotic technology for the agricultural industry. In the race for increased production and efficiency, farm machinery continues to get bigger to answer the demand for greater capacity. But what if we stopped making farm machinery bigger and just made it smarter? Andrew chats with Kendi Burness-Cowan about the philosophy behind the Bate’s venture, and how he sees it furthering the future of agriculture in regional Australia.
April 12, 2018
Darriea Turley discusses the opportunities that renewable energy bring to Broken Hill, NSW, and how those opportunities led to the development of a 53 megawatt solar farm and the new 200 megawatt Silverton wind farm.
April 4, 2018
Katie van den Brand has had an intriguing journey to become a leader in regional innovation and entrepreneurship in the south west region of Western Australia. Katie was leading Maker & Co, a co-working and entrepreneurial space in Bunbury, when, after a chance meeting, she realised there were several similar hubs springing up all over the state.
March 29, 2018
As well as being a colour consultant by day, Catherine Baker is also hunter, working with pastoralists and with NT Parks & Wildlife initiatives to help control feral animals across the Territory. Catherine challenges the stereotype of the typical hunter in more ways than one, and is now becoming the “face” of a growing community of female hunters in the NT. Feral animals are a huge problem for biodiversity in the Northern Territory, and Catherine talks to us about her work and her message for ethical and humane hunting.
March 21, 2018
This week we speak to Christine Britton. Chris is a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse and care coordinator in the Riverina region of NSW. At first glance, prostate cancer might seem like a “men’s issue” but Chris knows all too well that cancer touches whole families and whole communities.
March 14, 2018
This week we speak with Cynthia Lui, who has made history as Australia’s first Torres Strait Islander elected to parliament. Representing the far north Queensland electorate of Cook, Cynthia spent most of her life in the remote northern Torres Strait. In her career as a social worker, she has seen and dealt with some major issues facing indigenous communities, especially in areas of health, education and employment. Cynthia talked to Kendi Burness-Cowan about her role as a female representative, and her hopes for her community and people.
March 8, 2018
This week, we’re speaking to Katrina Sasse, who has been travelling Australia and the world to interview farming families as part of her Nuffield Scholarship.
Katrina’s research is filling a gap in understanding about what brings farming daughters back into the business, and what we need to do differently to lift the number of daughters taking on the family farm. While plenty of farmers say they’re happy to find a place for their daughters, women still represent about 10% of farm leaders – so what needs to change?
March 1, 2018
At 50, Mary Jane was suddenly single with two kids still at home and a government job about to disappear after a restructure. While she thought about how to make ends meet, she started experimenting with making sustainable packaging wraps using natural bees wax. Today she’s working full time in her own business, Waxiwraps.
February 21, 2018
Christine Roberts-Yates leads the Disability Unit at Murray Bridge High School in South Australia. In 2017, Christine was recognised for her outstanding contribution to education and won a Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award. Since beginning her role, which educates students with moderate to severe intellectual and multiple disabilities, Christine has introduced a technology rich learning environment, including socially assistive robots. She has established work experience placements, school-based apprenticeships, and animal-assisted therapy, resulting in students maximising their learning potential and transforming the unit into one of Australia’s pre-eminent disability educational settings.
February 15, 2018
Chris Wheatcroft is the CEO of the Rural Financial Counselling Service of WA. He leads a team of people across Western Australia who help bring farmers and farming communities into improved financial situations by educating them on better business practices.
Chris talks to Kendi Burness-Cowan about what brings farmers to financial counselling and how it’s never too late to have hope for a good outcome.