Meet the Farmers

Thank you so much for your donation to get 20 farmers to Canberra to advocate for our farming future. 

We're busy getting everything in order, printing copies of the report, polishing our boots and booking in last minute meetings with MPs and Senators. 

Here are a few of the farmers heading to Canberra in two weeks:

Andrew Young

Andrew with wife and 2 sons is a vegetable farmer and irrigator from Wemen, Victoria. Andrew’s farm is one of the largest family owned lettuce and salad producers in the Mildura region. Their company Redgold is a major winter supplier for most of  the Salad packing companies in Australia. Crops include various lettuces and baby leaf spinach, chard and rocket which are grown, cooled and dispatched fresh daily from the farm. They grow a variety of green manure and cover crops in summer. Andrew has had an extensive role on advisory committees with the local water authority. He is deeply concerned about the future of farming in his region if urgent action is not taken soon to deal with the causes of climate change.

Christie Kingston

Ex-city girl Christie helps her husband run their mixed cropping and merino wool farm in Goomalling in Western Australia's Noongar country, a global biodiversity hotspot. She is a director of Farmers for Climate Action and a former local government councillor. She is thrilled to be part of the newly formed Climate Smart Ag Collective in Western Australia. She is inspired by people’s efforts to prosper in ways that nurture nature and increase well-being. 

Brett Hall

Brett is Chairman of the Tasmanian Beef Industry Trust, a Director of Cattle Council, and the Inaugural Chairman of the Tasmanian Red Meat Industry Council. He is a former director of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, the former Inaugural Chairman of the Southern Australia Beef Research Council, and a Brigade Chief at the Pawtella Fire Brigade.

Peter Holding

Peter is a third-generation farmer in south east NSW, growing crops such as canola and wheat, as well as running sheep for wool. Peter is also a member of the Climate Kelpie – a central location for farmers after practical information and tools with which to manage climate change risk and impacts. Peter has an extensive knowledge and first hand experience with the strategies farmers can use to manage and adapt to climate change.

Angus Emmott

Angus Emmott is a third generation grazier, running Noonbah Station near Longreach in outback Queensland with his wife Karen. An expert in water management, he is the former Chairman of the Lake Eyre Basin Community Advisory Committee and a former member of the  Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee, a government advisory body. He is also a self taught naturalist fascinated by the flora and fauna of the Australian arid zone. In 2004 Angus was awarded an honorary masters of science degree by the University of Central Queensland.

Patten Bridge

Patten is an experienced dairy and agricultural industries consultant based in North East Victoria. He has a passion for rural and regional Australia and has worked extensively in the areas of industry sustainability, farm succession/farm transition, strategic planning, change management, farmer cooperatives, workforce development, and natural resource management.

He has a very strong understanding of the issues facing the future of agriculture, from an economic, community and environmental perspective. Patten has held executive level responsibility for the sustainability and workforce development functions in the Australian dairy manufacturing sector.

As well as his ongoing consulting work Patten is currently engaged as the founding CEO of the Mountain Milk Co-operative.

Lucinda Corrigan

Growing up in Western NSW, Lucinda now runs a large multi-property cattle genetics enterprise with her family  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. She is a Director of a number of private and government bodies in research and development and innovation in Australia’s livestock sector.

Charlie Prell

Charlie Prell is a sheep farmer from Crookwell, NSW. He is one of four farmers under the Crookwell 2 wind farm. He has had 19 years of experience in renewables, focusing on wind farms. He is a strong public supporter of the benefits wind farms can bring to small regional communities. Since 2014 he has been the NSW Regional Organiser for the Australian Wind Alliance.

He was part of the working group and then the steering committee that formed Farmers for Climate Action. He was previously co-chair and is currently deputy chair. He is passionate about the health and well-being of small regional communities and in assisting these communities to meet the challenge of climate change. He also promotes the opportunities that meeting these challenges can bring to individual farmers and their communities.

Anthony Houston

Anthony is a Director of Houston’s Farm, a Tasmanian based farming company supplying fresh salad products to supermarkets across Australia. Anthony is passionate about the need for a National Strategy for Climate Change and Agriculture to assist farmers in responding to the increasing threat of climate change. He sees the importance of farmers to influence and advocate awareness and solutions to climate change not just in the agricultural industry but to the wider population as a whole.

Anika Molesworth

Anika splits her life between her family’s arid outback sheep station in Far Western NSW, her PhD crop trials in central NSW, and lush green rice paddies in Southeast Asia working as a researcher in international agricultural development. She was awarded the 2015 Young Farmer of the Year, 2017 NSW Finalist for Young Australian of the Year, and most recently the Green Globe Awards Young Sustainability Champion. Anika is a passionate advocate for sustainable farming, environmental conservation and climate change action.

Neil Westcott

Neil is a fifth generation canola, wheat and barley farmer from Alectown, New South Wales. Neil was elected to the Parkes Shire Council in 2016 and will facilitate with the Council a Climate Action Forum early next year. It will aim to educate community as to the science, risks and opportunity of Climate Change as well set policy direction for Local Government going forward.. Neil would love to see the federal government dedicate a minister for climate change. He is passionate about the ways in which the agricultural community can adapt to the threat of climate change.

Kerrie McMartin

Kerrie and her family have been farmers in Bli Bli, in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, since 1945. Kerrie runs McMartin Strawberry Farm which is a working farm and tourist operation. The farm also grows custard apples, lychees and sugar cane. Kerrie speaks of the climate impacts she has seen on her property and the effects on the growing season.

Philip Gardiner

Philip runs a family grain and sheep farm at Moora, WA, and a cattle property near Kalbarri. He graduated from UWA with a BSc(Agric)(Hons) in 1969. After a short period with the Commonwealth Department of Trade and Industry, he completed an MBA at IMEDE in Switzerland. Philip has been a member of the Australian Wheat Board, an executive director, and Foundation Director of Macquarie Bank, a director of Barbeques Galore Ltd, chairman of The Sydney Futures Exchange, and chair of the WA Government's Wool Strategy Group. He was a member of the Western Australian Legislative Council from 2009 to 2013.

Jody Brown

Jody is a fourth generation grazier from Longreach, Queensland. Jody runs the family property, Latrobe Station, while her parents are busy running their coastal holding, and she is owner-operator of Latrobe Droughtmaster stud. She studied film, TV and new media production, and creative writing at the Queensland University of Technology. Jody is passionate about regenerative agriculture and climate action in the agricultural sector.