Matthew Lieschke - Senior Land Services Officer at South East Local Land Services
Matt was raised on a wheat-sheep property in the Riverina NSW. After graduating from Charles Sturt University with Bachelor of Agriculture (Hons) in 2006, Matt took on a number of roles in both the private and public sector before joining Local Land Services as a Livestock Officer in late 2013.
Since joining Local Land Services Matt has been involved in the development and delivery of a range of courses and extension programs covering grazing management, soil fertility, weaner performance and beef marketing. Matt has a particular interest in animal nutrition, reproduction and how to increase farm profitability without increasing risk.
Ted O'Kane - Rural Resilience Program at NSW Department at Primary Industries
Ted O’Kane is the Goulburn based Rural Resilience Officer working with rural communities in the southern and south eastern regions of NSW.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Resilience Program (RRP) is a state-wide service focused on developing agriculture’s most important but often neglected resource – its people. By promoting human capacity at the individual, business and community levels, the RRP helps the farming sector prepare for the many challenges it faces.
Mark Hedley - State Manager NSW at Australian Wool Network
Mark started work in Goulburn in 1984 at the age of 18 with Primac Pastoral Co as a storeman and later as Wool Store Manager.
In 1988, he became a wool valuer and in 1994 was appointed as Goulburn Manager. In 1999, Elders made a takeover of Primac and as a result, Mark, along with the other Primac Mangers from Sydney and Newcastle started Australian Wool Network Pty Ltd.
Mark has been a wool auctioneer since 1990 and sells regularly at the weekly Sydney wool sales.
Mark also sits on numerous industry bodies such as, The NSW Wool Forecasting Committee and The Industry Services Advisory Committee.
Kathleen Allan - Industry Leadership and Communication Manager at Sheepmeat Council of Australia
Kathleen is a fifth generation farmer. Kathleen and her family live on a property near Yass in southern NSW, where they run a self-replacing, superfine merino flock and operate an award-winning small business farm animal resource management (farm) - an agricultural education business that was established in 1994 to promote the importance of agriculture in an increasingly urban community and provide consumers with an opportunity to engage with practicing farmers.
Kathleen was most recently the Program Manager for Capacity Building at the Grains Research and Development Corporation in Canberra before starting as the Industry Leadership and Communication Manager with the Sheepmeat Council of Australia in September 2015.
Check out a video of Kathleen outlining her vision for Australian ag and sharing some of her story