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.Read More
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.Read More
“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.”
Ross Edwards is a practical man.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More