Building a resilient life on the land

Suncorp Bank will deliver a series of agribusiness roadshows in Miles, St George, Roma and Charleville looking at how to manage and thrive in a challenging and changing agribusiness environment.

Suncorp Bank’s Regional General Manager for South West Queensland David Littleproud said the roadshows would focus on the importance of building resilience in business and life.

“A strong support and communication network is a key building block in developing a resilient farm business and maintaining a healthy mindset in rural communities,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Having a chat to a neighbour, supplier or another producer can help build the knowledge base to make more informed decisions, deal with uncertainty and plan for the future,” he said.

Two key speakers will address each roadshow and will discuss their stories in building a resilient farm business.

Doug Avery is a New Zealand cattle farmer whose property was ravaged by successive droughts and will share his story on how new farming systems saved his business, family and his life.

“A New Zealand farmer talking to Queenslanders about drought may seem a bit odd, but Doug’s farm is situated in one of the driest parts of the South Island where he experienced a prolonged drought for 17 years. His story is one of grit, determination and how a different perspective on farming changed his life forever,” Mr Littleproud said.

The roadshows will also hear from Dennis Hoiberg, a Warwick-born professional who’s devoted his life to building emotional resilience in rural and regional communities all over Australia.

“Dennis has dealt with producers faced with extreme adversity including drought, flood and fire. He has decades of experience in helping them bounce back from a crisis,” Mr Littleproud said.

The roadshows will kick off in Miles on 29 April, before travelling to St George (30 April), Roma (1 May) and Charleville (2 May).

Suncorp Bank will make a $2000 donation to Aussie Helpers in Charleville, an organisation focused on supporting farmers in hardship.


Columboola Room, Miles Civic Centre, Marion Street


30/04St George

St George RSL Memorial Club, 106 Alfred Street

Thursday01/05RomaExplorers Convention & Function Centre, Warrego Highway

Charleville RSL memorial Club, 37-39 Watson Street