By the time ‘The Farmer Finds a Wife’’ was a popular reality television show, I had been living the dream for a decade and knew a few things about life on the land such as:
A year after we were married, the family purchased a breeding property at Blackall, in western Queensland. After 8 months the dream became a nightmare as drought forced us on to the stock route for 9 months and 2 days.
We have lived through droughts, floods, battled government departments for the right to manage our vegetation and more recently experienced the reality of co-existence with a CSG company.
My city chick background took a while to adjust to the bush. However, my experience in audit and finance working with the government enables me to translate government/corporate terminology into practical tools and resources to ensure our business operations are compliant while still demonstrating core country values.
At a Best Management Practice workshop in 2015 I came the realisation so much great content is not being shared to those who need it because they are unable to leave their farm.
I thought surely a website could help.
How hard could it be to build one?
Let’s not go there, instead…
As with everything in agriculture Rural Resources Online continues to adapt and update in support Australian farming families. Issues, experiences and opinions are shared in the ‘’Farmers Voice blog and anyone with a positive attitude towards improving the future for farming families is welcome to submit an article.
There are experts, consultants, coaches and mentors who provide specialised support services. However, sometimes you just want a resource you can download, work through at your own pace and tailor to your specific business needs.
I have been to many functions and heard producers lament about the hassles of officework and finding time to get all the inside jobs done. Many times I sat there thinking IÏ have something that could help”.
In 2020, the site’s resources expanded further to include tools and templates I developed for our own business and others designed to help when you take your paddock hat off and put your management hat on.
As a regular contributor to the Qld Country Life’s ‘View from the Paddock’ column and public speaker at iIndustry eEvents (recent events include – Beef Week QRRRWN Panel Member 2021, CRSPI Forum Panelist 2021, Australian Farm Institute conference panelist 2019, Food and Fibre forum 2019, 2019 DAF Celebrating Women in Agriculture, IWD, Ekka 2019 Food Future advocate, Young Beef Producers Forum 2018) I appreciate the opportunity to engage with and advocate on behalf of grass roots producers.
“By the time ‘The Farmer Finds a Wife’’ was a popular reality television show, I had been living the dream for a decade and knew a few things about life on the land”