Cynthia has made history as Australia’s first Torres Strait Islander elected to parliament. She talked to Regional Voices about her role as a representative, and her hopes for her community and people.
What brings farming daughters back into the business? What we need to do differently to lift the number of daughters taking on the farm? Women only represent about 10% of farm leaders – so what needs to change?
While Mary Jane 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.
King Island is home to around 1,600 people. Local youth need to leave the island to study once they finish Year 10. A new course will help build the local skillset, especially in industries with great growth potential.
Tiani Cook spent a month on horseback riding the 1,000km road from her home in the Tanamai Desert to Darwin, raising money and awareness for education access issues in remote Australia.
Rachel owns Waterfalls Café in Mt Field National Park and won Tasmania’s 2017 Innovator of the Year award. Her marketing efforts has helped to see park visitation grow by almost 90%, and has opened up jobs for the community.
Cotton grower James Barlow, a young farmer by farm industry standards, has embraced innovative technology through irrigated cropping. Today he irrigates 1,600 acres all from his smart device which not only saves on water but labour as well.
14 December 2017 - Simone Eyles
7 December 2017 - Tim Pannell
Simone has become a spokesperson for the opportunities and potential for innovation in regional Australia. The 365 Cups creator chats to us about her hometown of Wagga Wagga and why innovation is ripe regionally.
Quite literally a mover and shaker in Australia’s agricultural industry, Tim invented the “Reefinator” to address a major challenge for producers – land that couldn’t be farmed because of hard, embedded rock.
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.
Heard of Galileo's gravity experiment? Did you know you can do the experiment in regional Western Australia? Jan Devlin, CEO of the Gravity Discovery Centre & Observatory, tells us about the experiment and the work that happens at the facility.
300km from Alice Springs is Kings Creek Station. Manager Ian Conway discusses 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.
As Deputy Leader of the National Party, Senator Fiona Nash discusses regional employment, mobile connectivity, and the importance of education in regional areas to ensure Australia’s growth and global competitiveness.
Before founding AgDraft, Ella split her time travelling around the country as a consultant to big agri investment funds and helping out on the family property because her parents could never quite find enough staff. Something had to change.
Being in regional Australia is no excuse for not training and upskilling your team. Roger Vater of A.W. Vater & Co in South Australia shares his philosophy on training and the success it has brought to his business, and why it is vital for business to invest in their people in order to keep growing.
Claire Wright, one of the 2016 ABC Heywire winners, has been travelling Australia to build her project LGBTQandA which works to provide new, inclusive side events as part of existing regional festivals that help empower young LGBTQ+ people and give voice to issues that are important to them.
13 July 2017 - Matt Linnegar
Matt Linnegar is Chief Executive of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. He shares about the different ways people can lead and why there are as many answers to the ‘what is leadership’ question as there are leaders.
6 July 2017 - Dr Michael Meyers
Dr Michael Myers 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.
Ian runs a state of the art facility in regional Queensland and talks about everything from the secret to attracting highly qualified staff, to regional business, to his experiments with over 60 different vinegar flavours.
Maree is a business mentor and life coach working with people in regional Australia helping them to get back on track and find their personal and professional mojo.
15 June 2017 - MP Darren Chester
8 June 2017 - Tim Hicks
The long awaited inland rail is finally about to start so what does 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?
Tim has always wanted to own a farm but if you don’t have a way in it can be nearly impossible. So Tim, his wife and best mate come up with a way of connecting investors with farmers.
1 June 2017 - Daniela Riccio
After 15 years travelling the world Daniela Riccio and her husband decided to pursue a lifelong dream and start their own alpaca farm in the Hunter Valley.
Founder of Wings4Kidz, Kevin Robinson, offers free flight services to families in regional and remote NSW, helping them get to and from appointments with as little disruption as possible to their home lives.
18 May 2017 - Joy McClymont
Joy McClymont's Off The Track Fitness program find people working out in the shearing shed, following her instructions over the phone and lifting tyres under the open skies.
11 May 2017 - Anthony Lowe
4 May 2017 - Kath Mazzella
Anthony Lowe is the CEO of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. With an average of 20,000 men diagnosed each year, he shares why men in rural and regional Australia have a 25% less chance of survival.
Kath Mazzella had her life turned upside down following an abnormal pap smear result. Today she is overcoming stigmas and running her own regional workshops to help raise awareness.