The growth of regional business

August 30, 2017
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Yarra Valley Dairy CEO, Caroline Evans, talks to us this week about new jobs that open up as regional businesses grow and the challenges of casual workforces in regional areas.

The dairy produces fresh gourmet cheeses using milk produced by cows grazing the Yarra flats. The cheesemaking operation started in the owner’s kitchen but today the business has about 20 employees and sells across Australia as well as moving into global markets.

It’s a great example of how small operators in regional Victoria have built their market position based on local quality.

Big science in little communities

August 24, 2017
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Jan Devlin, CEO of the Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory based outside the tiny town of Gingin in Western Australia, talks to Regional Voices about the amazing work that happens at the facility and the cool jobs that go with it. 

The centre is doing world class science on out-of-this world topics like gravitational waves, with a roster of staff that includes physicists and even an astronomer.

The Discovery Centre also gives travellers, families and students the chance to see some of their work and to look at the universe in a whole new way – while sparking excitement and passion for science and technology jobs.

Kings Creek Station

August 16, 2017
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300km from Alice Springs is Kings Creek Station. Managed by Ian Conway, the station is a great example of a business that finds new prospects and creates new employment opportunities in regional Australia. As well as running cattle, Kings Creek operates a tourist venture including accommodation for campers, glampers and long-term stays.

Ian speaks to Kendi about how Kings Creek finds staff, what it’s like to work in a place where you can’t go home at the end of the day, and how a stint on an outback station can teach skills that last a lifetime.

The future of regional communities

August 10, 2017
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This week we talk to Senator Fiona Nash, Deputy Leader of the National Party. Hailing from rural New South Wales, Senator Nash is currently the federal Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Regional Communications, and Minister for Local Government and Territories. We covered regional employment, mobile connectivity, and the importance of education in regional areas to ensure Australia’s growth and global competitiveness.

A new approach to ag employment

August 3, 2017
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Ella Shannon founded the online job site AgDraft to connect farmers to reliable casual labour. Before that, she split her time as a consultant to big investment funds in agriculture and helping out on the family farm because her parents could never quite find enough staff, and she knew they weren't alone. 

Empowering your workforce

July 27, 2017
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This week we speak with one of our longest and most respected dealers, Roger Vater.

AW Vater has been operating for over 60 years, with Roger involved in the business almost his whole life.

Understanding that machines these days are highly technical and you can’t just pluck someone out of the street anymore, he offers all of his staff - and even other apprentices - training and upskilling opportunities.

He tells Kendi Burness-Cowan about the evolving skill requirements he’s seen through the years and why the excuse of businesses being regional is no longer a barrier in giving staff the best access to training.

Youth leadership in regional Australia

July 20, 2017
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This week we speak with Claire Wright.

In her final year of HSC, Claire has travelled Australia to build a Heywire project, continued work experience for her desired vet career and kept on top of all her subjects, plus more.

Showing that living in remote Northern Territory is no barrier, she tells Kendi Burness-Cowan about her passion to be a vet and how she balances her studies with her daily responsibilities.

This month is supported by New Holland Agriculture.

Building Rural Leaders

July 12, 2017
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Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, believes that leaders are made, not born, and that leadership looks different for different people.

He tells Kendi Burness-Cowan about the different ways people can lead and why there are as many answers to the ‘what is leadership’ question as there are leaders.

This month is supported by New Holland Agricuture. 

Re-engineering Australia

July 5, 2017
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As founder of Re-Engineering Australia Michael has seen kids from across Australia, including regional areas, demonstrate an amazing capacity for creative problem solving, as they compete in teams to design and build formula one cars and submarines.

This month is supported by New Holland Agriculture.

Regional food manufacturing the new gold rush

June 29, 2017
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Ian runs a state of the art facility in regional Queensland and he reckons there’s plenty of opportunity for other food manufacturers to move their operations to the regions. In fact, he says that regional food manufacture is the new gold rush.

Ian talks to Kendi Burness-Cowan about everything from the secret to attracting highly qualified staff to regional business, to his experiments with pumpkin vinegar.

This month is supported by Cultivate Farms.

Mentoring regional businesses

June 21, 2017
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Having lived a life as a primary producer, tourism operator and farmer, Maree knows a thing or two about regional business and what it takes to achieve your goals.

She tells Kendi Burness-Cowan about why she has a passion to help families and individuals to grow their businesses and why she credits her own success to the great mentors she had at the start.

This month is supported by Cultivate Farms.

Green light for inland rail

June 14, 2017
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Minister Darren Chester addresses questions around the long awaited inland rail and what this mean for farmers and rural communities who have always looked for a way to get their products to market more quickly and more cheaply.

Connecting investors with farmers

June 8, 2017
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Tim and his wife Tegan have always wanted their own farm but if you don’t have a way in – usually by inheriting a family property – it can be nearly impossible.

Tim tells Kendi Burness-Cowan about what inspired him to keep going before he ever knew he would be able to have his own farm, and how between Tim, his wife Tegan and friend Sam they have come up with a way of connecting investors with people who just want to farm.

This month is supported by Cultivate Farms.

From globe-trotter to farmer

May 31, 2017
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After 15 years travelling the world Daniela and her husband decided to pursue a lifelong dream and start their own farm in the Hunter Valley.

After many years of discussion and study, Daniela and Ewan now run Little Valley Farm and they’re part of the Visit My Farm initiative to show other city-dwellers the beauty of ag.

This month is supported by Cultivate Farms.

Wings4Kidz Founder

May 24, 2017
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To help make a difference, Wings4Kidz offers free flight services to families in regional and remote NSW, helping kids and their families get to and from appointments with as little disruption as possible to their home lives.

Kevin tells Kendi Burness-Cowan how a short flight instead of a long drive is making life easier for families across the state, and his plans to take his organisation national.

This month is supported by New Holland Agriculture.