Proud to be a talker
The power of positive
Julie Andreazza is proud to be an Australian farmer.
The mother of four runs a mixed cropping operation with her husband, Glen, in Willbriggie near Griffith. Having worked the land for the past 28 years, Julie knows firsthand the hardships of the present drought.
Health of the people; health of the land
“We know that everybody will experience grief, sadness, devastation at some point. No one escapes it. It's how quickly you can recover that's so important.”
Katrina Myers is happy to talk candidly about her experiences with loss, anxiety and the importance of taking care of her wellbeing.
More than a handshake
In his line of work, Greg Packer travels the region extensively.
Greg is Senior Land Service Officer /Aboriginal Communities with Riverina Local Land Services (LLS). It is his job to engage with Aboriginal communities, conducting cultural site assessments on farming properties and to provide advice to his LLS colleagues.
Recognising the signs
John Harper is an animated man, but when he starts talking about the wellbeing of regional Australians, his energy is contagious.
The retired farmer and shearer from Stockinbingal is a passionate advocate for mental health and the powerhouse behind Mate helping Mate, a self-help program to address depression in rural communities.
A practical approach to building resilience
Dr Khaled Bardawil is on the frontlines of community health.
For the past 12 years, Khaled has been the GP in Lake Cargelligo, a town of about 1500 people located in Central West NSW. During this time, he has seen his community effected by population decline, economic downturn and weather events such as drought.
Impact beyond the farm
Ross Edwards is a practical man.
“If you're feeling a bit down, go and fix the worst set of gates on the farm. It’s one thing you can do to get your mind off the dry times and give you the satisfaction of getting those gates in order and swinging properly.”
Benefits of being active are many
Growing up on a farm, Michael Gooden knows what it’s like when things get tough on the land.
Seeing paddocks at his family farm being blown away by wind during the Millennium drought, Michael realised he needed to find new ways of managing the land.
Reach out - you're not alone
Ginny Stevens is the driving force behind Active Farmers.
Growing up on a farm in Tasmania and now living on a farm at Mangoplah, 30kms south of Wagga Wagga, with her husband Andy Ginny knows better than most the challenges farmers face in staying fit and well.
On a continent as dry as Australia, why would farmers grow rice?
That’s a question that’s been posed to Graeme Kruger more than once. Graeme is the Executive Director of the Ricegrowers' Association, a group formed in 1930 by rice farmers pooling their resources to build what is today the Australian owned and operated company, SunRice.