Policy Working Group

Lauren Peterson

As a "city chick" from Melbourne Lauren had no previous agricultural or rural experience until the 1st June 2014 when she and her partner began leasing our Dairy Farm and milking 32 cows. They have since grown to now be milking 140 cows and her focus is on building a financially and environmentally sustainable business and environment for her childrens' generation's future. Lauren has just completed the National Rural Womens Coalition's Sustainability program and is an active member of Australian Women in Agriculture, Dairy Australia's Young Dairy Network, United Dairy Farmers of Victoria and the CWA. As an individual farmer I am only one person achieving small change; with a collective we can make sure Farmer's contribution towards Climate Change Action is not only recognised but leveraged.

Ian McColl

Ian is a mixed farmer from Koorawatha in central NSW producing prime lambs wheat and canola. Ian has a long term involvement with Natural resource management, Conservation farming and Landcare. Ian is also actively involved in agricultural representation and as a third generation farmer would like to ensure a viable industry for future generations.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew has experience running his mixed farm of wool, beef and cropping in the beautiful Derwent Valley, Tas. After recently selling his family farm, Matthew has moved to the Huon Valley, Franklin, where he is starting up a consultancy business. Mr Pitt is the former chairman of Landcare Tasmania, worked on the board of the National Resource Management South, and is also the co-convenor of Climate Tasmania. Matthew is a very passionate man when it comes to doing more to combat climate change and promote sustainable agriculture for the future.

Lucinda Corrigan

Growing up in Western NSW, Lucinda now runs a large multi-property cattle genetics enterprise with her husband in the Murray Valley, east of Albury. Lucinda’s leadership on climate change adaption in the grazing industry was recognised by the National Climate Change and Research facility, being named the 2012 Climate Adaption Champion. To accompany this, Lucinda is also the Director or Chair of multiple Organisations and Councils, including the Commissioner of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

Joanne Roberts

Jo grew up on family farms established in the 1850’s west of Ballarat, Victoria, still farmed by her older siblings. With a 37 year professional career in natural resources and international development policy making, implementation and evaluation, since 2013, Jo and her partner have operated a 300 hectare farming enterprise in the Snowy Mountains, NSW. They have a herd of Angus breeders, and fledgling raspberry and hazelnut crops. Jo is passionate about doing what she can to ensure that her grandchildren have opportunities on this planet equivalent to those she has been privileged to enjoy.