What does the future hold for agri Co-ops?

June 14, 2018

This week we’re chatting with Greg McNamara from Norco Dairy Cooperative about what it takes to be a member focused group without losing sight of the bottom line. Greg has been a director of Norco for 20 years and he runs a 300 head dairy just outside Lismore. He talks with Kendi Burness-Cowan about the co-operative’s role on behalf of its collective of farmers and some of the challenges facing the industry.


Fiona puts the fun back into fundraising

June 6, 2018

When Fiona Hall married and moved to Buckrabanyule in Victoria, she found some friends and set up a casual theatre group. They came up with the idea of doing plays for community groups in the region, helping the community group fundraise and ensuring an audience for their plays. Two seasons and twelve performances later, the group has helped schools, clubs and other community groups bring people together and raise money for local initiatives and causes.

Flying into job opportunities

May 31, 2018

Today on the program we talk to Kimberley Baird from Djarindjin Airport on the Dampier Peninsula, which is 170km north of Broome in WA. The airport has become one of a kind in Australia as it is fully staffed and managed by local indigenous workers. For the tiny community, the airport offers jobs and, maybe even more importantly, the chance to address drug and alcohol challenges. Kimberley has brought in a range of support services to help his team deal with drugs and alcohol, and he’s coupled it with a very strict zero tolerance policy.


Working remotely in regional Australia

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.

Job creation in the regions

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.

Gateway to training

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.

The future of regional employment

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.

Everything’s coming up… tulips!

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.

How do we make farm machinery smarter?

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.

Regional reinvention with Broken Hill’s mayor

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.

Makers, meetings and meshpoints

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.

Catherine challenges the stereotypes

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.  

Christine champions cancer care

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.

Australia’s first Torres Strait Islander MP

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.

The way forward for daughters on farms

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?