As someone who was born and raised in the North East of Victoria, what you see is what you get. Cathy’s family have lived and worked here for more than six generations. There are no surprises.
Cathy has a reputation for being hard working and honest. She manages a farm and runs her own business. She is an active member of many community groups. She understands the challenges facing rural landholders, small businesses and community groups.
- Director WAW Credit Union – 9 years
- Member CFA, LandCare, Victorian Farmers Federation, National Farmers Federation 2030 Committee
- Program coordinator of Connecting Rural Business Women (CRBW13), over 210 participants
Cathy and author Cate Kennedy at the Voice for Indi Report Launch
She lives in Indi. It is her home. She understands local issues, people’s needs, hopes and frustration because she has worked and volunteered here all her life. Her networks are extensive and people know they can rely on her word.
- Community service planning for Shires of Indigo, Alpine, Wodonga, Wangaratta
- Support for communities post 2009 bushfires in Alpine/Indigo Shires as well as Yarra Ranges
- Rural affairs advisor for the Department of Agriculture – 4 years
She has a strong sense of fairness and justice; but she is not a pushover. Many times she has stood up for the rights and the needs of less fortunate people.
- Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for services to community
- Life member of national organization Australian Women in Agriculture and was responsible for setting up similar organisations in Ireland, PNG and India.
- Centennial Medal for community work
- Mentor to start up small businesses
- Walked the 96km Kokoda Track, 260km of the Larapinta trail and 970km of the Camino de Santiago de Compestella
She is passionate about developing and supporting leaders in our community. They are our future. A strong community is one where everyone has a voice. She gives her time to young people by volunteering in local schools. She runs leadership programs and take on leadership roles locally, nationally and internationally.
- Classroom “mate” at Middle Indigo Primary School, Frayne College and Wodonga South Primary School
- Guest speaker and mentor to participants of the Alpine Valleys, Fairley and Loddon Murray Community Leadership programs
- Instigator of leadership programs in Wodonga, Mudgegonga and Indigo Shire, PNG and Ireland
She is well qualified and experienced in policy development, working with bureaucracies, and in the areas of advocacy, representation and consultation.
- Electorate assistant to the Federal MP for Indi, Mr Ewen Cameron – 3 years
- Advisor to the Victorian Government on rural affairs within the Department of Primary Industries – 4 years
- Advocate for women and rural communities in delivering childcare, palliative care, and Home and Community Care services.
- Chair of the National Regional Women’s Advisory Council, president of Australian Women in Agriculture, participant at World Trade Organisation 4th Ministerial meeting in Doha
- Academic qualifications: BA., Dip Ed., Masters Applied Science in Agriculture and Rural Development