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Rochelle Di Cristo


Rochelle Di Cristo

I’m all about the numbers of the ARLF. I assist with the creation of budgets and managing those budgets which enable the ARLF to undertake and deliver our vision and programs.

When not at work, I’m with family which includes my husband, two sons and our two Australian shepherds. We spend our weekends going for walks in our local area, taking the boys to the park and hanging out with extended family who also live in Brisbane.

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

My parents are farmers and I grew up in rural Australia in a little town called Cootamundra. My parents are farmers. My passion for rural, regional and remote Australia comes from my upbringing.

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

I have a lot of memories, but this one always stands out to me. I had gone for a leisurely jog around the age of 14 down the paddock of my parents’ farm. It was around 7:30 am and it was the season of summer. I had taken two sheep dogs with me and the two-house dogs. We were two kms away from the main homestead when I saw in the long grass something chasing me…. it was a goanna. I immediately ran in the opposite direction and just when I thought I was in the clear I ran into a large brown snake. The dogs and I then ran parallel through the paddock in the direction of the homestead. I didn’t go for a leisurely jog again until it was winter.

What’s your professional background?

Prior to working at ARLF, I was on maternity leave. Before that, I worked at Lake Macquarie City Council.

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

  • How our programs are strengthening rural and remote communities.
  • Our engagement with First Nations cultural knowledge.
  • The people.

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