Weetalabah Cattle Service’s Julie Nixon. Inspirational? Yes, but Julie’s too busy getting on with the job

Welcome to Julie Nixon of Chinchilla QLD. Julie runs Weetalabah Cattle Services and both my father and I are big fans of her Hereford Bulls. Knowing how busy Julie's day is she was an easy pick for the inspirational women series that I've been running over the last two months. Welcome Julie            "It certainly [...]

By | August 21st, 2013|COUNTRY LIFE, Inspiration, Opinion, Rural Affairs|0 Comments

Penny Blatchford – the accidental activist

Penny Blatchford, wife, farmer and accidental activist joins me to talk about Coal Seam Gas and farmers rights... or lack of. Can one early Sunday morning phone call really change the direction of your life? I guess looking back and reflecting on what was the trigger one simple act by someone that was unknown to [...]

At 15 years of age Sandy Bauer is making the most of living & studying in the Northern Territory.

I live on a station called ‘Brunchilly Station,’ which is 5,136km square and holds 22,000 head of cattle. Brunchilly Station is in the middle of the Northern Territory, 1 ½ hours north of Tennant Creek which is our nearest small town.  Brunchilly is one of fifteen properties owned by Sir Sidney Kidman & Co. My [...]

Alison Fairleigh shares her inspiring passion.

It is such an honour to have been invited by Nicole to contribute to her blog series on inspirational rural women. I sit here writing this post in an atmosphere where Australia’s first female Prime Minister was not long ago unceremoniously deposed, surrounded by a dark cloud of sexism, and talented sportswoman, Marion Bartoli, has [...]

By | July 31st, 2013|COUNTRY LIFE, Inspiration, Opinion, Rural Affairs|0 Comments

500 communities, 1300 volunteers: Davida Melksham leads by example.

500 communities, 1300 volunteers cris-crossing rural and remote Australia offering everything from diaster support to a friendly ear and a cuppa. Meet this week's inspiring woman, Davida Melksham of Outback Links. This Like so many other women who wear many hats, I often struggle to come up with a suitable introduction.  Quite simply, it is [...]

Catherine Marriott: An influential woman

West Australian, Catherine Marriott heads  Influential Women an organisation committed to creating conversations that connect urban and rural populations by building confidence, capacity and skills in people. Catherine's ability to embrace change at all levels and her passion for the agricultural industry makes her one of Australia's inspiring women. Unafraid of tackling the 'red hot' subjects [...]

Meet Agchatoz co-founder, the inspiring Danica Leys.

Today we head south to Sydney to meet inspirational woman, Danica Leys. Last year Danica was awarded the NSW/ACT Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women's Award for her vision and commitment to a vibrant primary industries sector. Danica, a former agronomist, co-created AgChatOz, an online forum which discusses rural issues across Australia every tuesday night [...]

Georgie Somerset – Beef farmer, communicator: South Burnett, QLD

Welcome to Georgie Somerset of the South Burnett region, QLD. Farmer and consumate communicator, an Inspirational Woman. "I have always loved words - I wrote my first chapter book in about year 5 - and after falling into working in tourism marketing and promotions, I developed a knack for working with the media and also [...]

Inspirational women: Raelene Hall lives 210kms NE of Meekatharra in WA.

Welcome to the first in a new series of guest blogs featuring inspirational regional, rural and remote women. Over the coming weeks you'll meet dedicated, passionate women from all corners of Australia. Most are farmers and graziers, carving niches in their chosen fields with determination, but there are an equal number offering vital services across the bush. You'll [...]

An Outback Education: Alice Greenup joins a growing list of bush based writers.

Welcome to Alice Greenup, debut author of the memoir, Educating Alice and QLD cattle farmer. I recently met and interviewed Alice at Moree On A Plate, our local food and wine festival. Her memoir joins the burgeoning list of rural non-fiction, a genre which is enjoying new interest on the back of rural fiction. Alice's story, city [...]

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