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Karen Freer

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Karen Freer

In my role I make sure that the right people and networks know about our work and what makes it unique as well as the opportunities available, and that its people that make the difference, they are the connectors, and if we invest in them to lead for the greater good, to influence positive change and adapt through challenging times the future looks bright. 

When I am not at work you will find me running my two kids around the place, spending time outdoors, reading, cooking and seeing special people.

Where does your passion for rural, regional and remote Australia come from?

I grew up on a mixed cropping, sheep and pig farm near Walla Walla in regional New South Wales. “Watervale” has been in our family for over 100 years and my parents still farm a smaller operation there now. I’m a country girl with her roots still firmly planted in the bush, despite having lived in Canberra for a greater part of my life. Walla Walla will always be my home. 

What’s your favourite memory or most memorable moment in rural, regional and remote Australia?

Some of my fondest memories from living in the bush were Sunday lamb roast, playing in cubby houses, dust storms, Saturday footy and netball darby’s, boxing day at the Henty footy club, driving too fast up the paddock, winter pet lambs by the dozen, special holidays at Tathra beach, being scared to go into the dairy, the chook shed, down the shed, across the paddock, into town on Wednesdays and my mumma.

What’s your professional background?

Before starting at the ARLF I have been working in marketing and communications in Canberra all my career, predominately in the corporate sector. 

Three things you love about working at the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation?

What I love about being part of the team at the ARLF are the people, the work-life balance and being inspired by all the amazing people who live and work to make rural, regional and Australia the engine room of our country.

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