My name is Holly Hansen and I am the Regional Recovery Officer for Tasmania.
I grew up in Northern Tasmania on a mixed dairy and cropping farm near the town of Longford where we grew peas, barley, triticale and one of the first crops of poppies in the State. I also spent about 10 years living on a dairy farm on the North West coast and am currently based in Hobart.
Agriculture and the environment have always been passions of mine. As well as spending most of my career working in related fields, I also hold a science degree and diplomas in agri-business management and waste water management.
My previous jobs include Catchment Management Coordinator in the Huon Valley, where I worked with industry and the community to protect water quality in the Huon River.
I also spent nearly a decade working with farmers in Southern Tasmania as the Regional Landcare Facilitator. My role involved organising on-farm activities such as weed control and revegetation, through to facilitating training on a range of land management areas.
Other jobs include a stint working in the mining industry at a zinc smelter, and many years working in local government performing community engagement and resource management roles. I’ve also been involved in Women in Agriculture and Landcare for many years.
As well as providing support to Tasmanian farmers and rural communities, one of my other priorities as a Regional Recovery Officer will be to help generate a greater understanding and awareness of the challenges faced by people living outside of major city centres.
The drought has taken a tremendous toll on our farmers and rural communities and it’s important that the rest of the country is reminded of their plight. A healthy rural industry means a healthy Australia.
I look forward to travelling around our beautiful state and hearing what farmers and rural communities - particularly those affected by drought - need in order to thrive, and how we can help to make their lives a little easier during these challenging times.