I am a fourth generation beef producer from South Burnett, Queensland. My family breed Murray Grey cattle but have been severely impacted by both the Millennium drought and the current drought. As a result, we’ve had to diversify the operation and think outside the “grazing and cropping square”. In addition to our beef production, we currently run a farmstay tourism business and vineyard, producing under our own wine label. My experiences with long-term drought and agri-business adaptability have given me an insight into the challenges of both.
I am the Regional Recovery Officer for South East Queensland, where I have been working in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors for the past six years. Before joining the Agency, I worked on a pests and weeds project with AgForce Queensland Farmers, and was their communications advisor and regional manager for South East Queensland. Most recently, I worked with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads on a workforce sustainability project.
As a Regional Recovery Officer for South East Queensland, I’m excited to spend a lot of time on the ground with my community, and to connect rural businesses and families like my own with the Australian Government’s response to drought, flood and COVID-19.
I have always been inspired by the resilience and community spirit of regional and rural Australians, and being on the ground gives me the opportunity to share real stories with the wider public and support meaningful change within my region.
Not only am I a point of contact for up-to-date, accurate and localised advice about drought, flood and COVID-19 assistance for farmers and businesses, I also provide local feedback from the community direct to decision-makers in the Government. This helps to ensure that my work, and the work of the Agency, is locally led, locally understood and locally implemented.
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