I have 35 years of experience in Agriculture, with 26 years of managing a mixed farming enterprise. I was Co-founder of the Liebe Group and inaugural President. I remain an active member of the Group and sit on several of their committees.
I instigated the Regional Repopulation Plan with Dalwallinu Shire and Chaired the Regional Repopulation Advisory Committee.
In 1999, I was WA No-Till farmer of the year, and in 2015, received a Soil Health Champion Award.
WOA aligns strongly with my passion for Agriculture and my vision for how agriculture can be sustainable into the future.
Successful food production will ultimately be only sustainable with an integrated approach that encompasses the vision of WOA. Delivery will only be successful by working collaboratively with other like-minded and passionate stakeholders to continue to develop this vision, and then demonstrate this in operating farming systems.
The most challenging aspect will be creating a model that can truly encompass horizontal and vertical integration of production and supply, to reward all stakeholders. Not only do the human resources involved along the supply chain need to directly benefit, also returns must provide environmental and social benefits for the future. We need to come to terms with the concept “that to take we must also give something for the future”, Only by committing to this principle, can we provide hope, and truly inspire others to share our vision.
Food production needs to allow for a continued improvement in the health of the ecosystem. As farmers, we need to recognise that to not maximise production in the short term, will maximise production in the future.
New natural based systems will provide an opportunity to build a resilient business model that provides tremendous opportunities for participants.
I hope people will be inspired by the WOA vision, and want to be part of the foodbelt shift, either as a participant or a recipient of the benefits of the model. This could be environmental, social, or by consuming the produce knowing that it has been grown in a way that provides a maximum opportunity for a healthy tasty experience.
My personal goals include, to save the Buntine School. I hope to reignite the community with the production of food, in an innovative way, which provides an opportunity to reinvigorate the wheatbelt.
Over the next decade, I hope to revitalise as many communities as possible across WA with the WOA approach to food production.
We are real people and we care about our community, our environment and the quality of the food we eat. We have a vision to share that opportunity with as many people as possible.