Outback agriculture lands Daisy top gong

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Daisy Goodwin, right, pictured with DPIRD Northern Beef Futures development officer Mariah Maughan, who was a finalist.
Camera IconDaisy Goodwin, right, pictured with DPIRD Northern Beef Futures development officer Mariah Maughan, who was a finalist. Credit: Broome Advertiser, Jakeb Waddell.

It took a 4500km journey from home for Daisy Goodwin to find her perfect job, helping indigenous-owned cattle stations in the Kimberley.

Ms Goodwin, 23, pictured, has worked as a development officer at Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in Broome for the past two years.

It was her dynamic approach to building WA’s northern beef industry that landed her the top agriculture gong at the WA Young Achievers Award on Saturday night.

Ms Goodwin was named the winner of the WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award for her work with DPIRD in Aboriginal pastoral businesses.

Although in the early stages of her career, Ms Goodwin has immersed herself in the outback lifestyle and caught the eye of judges for her work with pastoralists.

She grew up in Tweed Heads in New South Wales and developed an interest in agriculture while studying a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Bond University, in Queensland.

“I really love getting out on properties and working with people,” she said.

“It’s so important for people to come together to engage in training and support each other, overcome challenges and learn more about profitable, sustainable rangelands management and business management.

“I absolutely love my job and having the chance to help Aboriginal people build their business, it brings me so much joy to see them able to work and connect on the land, while developing themselves, their business and the economy.”

DPIRD business development executive director Eamonn McCabe congratulated Ms Goodwin on her award and work in the northern rangelands.

“We have a great team of people in the north who are committed to building robust relationships with Aboriginal landholders to help them pursue opportunities for sustainable economic development,” he said.

“These gains generate broader flow-on benefits to many individuals, communities and the economy, which enables our regions to thrive and prosper.”

The WA Young Achiever Awards recognise the industry’s brightest youth for their work in agriculture.

The agriculture finalists were DPIRD Northern Beef Futures development officer Mariah Maughan, of Broome, and Tiffany Davey of Konnongorring, and Melissa Charlick and Declan McGill of Gidgegannup.

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