Agricultural leaders show enterprise and determination

MANAGING CROWN LAND: Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders with Pathways Together Aboriginal Corporation director Rob Riley at Wongarbon Reserve. PICTURE: CONTRIBUTED
MANAGING CROWN LAND: Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders with Pathways Together Aboriginal Corporation director Rob Riley at Wongarbon Reserve. PICTURE: CONTRIBUTED

TO SUCCEED in the bush takes practical skills, as well as true grit and entrepreneurship.

Our region has many leaders in agriculture, stakeholders who take part in policy implementation and farm industry best practices.

One local company who knows all about innovation is Andromeda Industries.

The company has established itself as an innovator in the wire rope industry in Australia.

Its special field is the design and manufacture of plaited and woven steel cables for rigging gear and terminal systems for these cables.

Andromeda also recycles conveyor belts from Australian mine sites for over 100 uses in the livestock and equine industries, transportation and general use.

Andromeda general manager, Annette Williams,said innovation had always been a key focus to the company's growth and development, with their original designs the catalyst for a multitude of products.

Meanwhile, a partnership between the NSW Department of Lands and Water and an Indigenous not-for-profit enterprise to manage crown land in Dubbo is proving agriculture leadership is based on good relationships and mutual need.

The parcel of land was gazetted in 1897, bearing rare and endangered flora and fauna. It has now been placed in the hands of a not-for-profit Indigenous enterprise to manage it.

The Pathways Together Aboriginal Corporation has been appointed by the NSW Department of Lands and Water to look after the land in Wongarbon, a small village of less than 800 residents along the Newell Highway southeast of the city.

Elsewhere in the region, women are being acknowledged as rural leaders.

Earlier this year Anna Bariwck was namedNSW Premier's Woman of the Year and NSW Minerals Council Regional Woman of the Year.

A Pharmacy Practice Lecturer in the School of Rural Medicine at the University of New England, Ms Barwick is passionate about improving the health of all Australians.

She founded PharmOnline to connect people with experienced pharmacists to discuss their medication.

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