Expert information and practical advice delivered to Central and North Queensland

8 December 2014

An emotional resilience expert and a family business professional travelled more than 1,300 kilometres across Queensland this month to deliver practical advice and inspiration to regional communities, courtesy of Suncorp Bank. 

Over five days, Dennis Hoiberg and Sonia Chalk, together with a team of Suncorp Bank agribusiness specialists toured through Richmond, Longreach, Emerald, Biloela and Rockhampton as part of Suncorp Bank’s agribusiness roadshow series. 

Nationally renowned emotional resilience specialist, Dennis Hoiberg, said the Suncorp Bank roadshows created an opportunity for regional communities to connect, and gain practical advice on how to best manage personal and business change, challenges and opportunities. 

“People can’t look after their business, their family or their property without looking after themselves. The roadshow series reinforced the importance of emotional wellbeing and resilience, especially during difficult times,” Mr Hoiberg said. 

“Our older farmers have seen the same challenges our emerging farmers face at the moment. I encourage them to use their wisdom and experiences to support and educate the next generation.

“Conversations around the dinner table need to focus on hope, strategy and action rather than despair and difficulties. Change is a constant and there are many things beyond anyone’s control, like the weather, but it is important for farming communities to focus on what they can control, plan for the future and not let the future just happen to them.”

PWC Director, Sonia Chalk, said she was thrilled to be part of an initiative that supported family businesses and assisted them to discover their true potential. 

“Balancing family and business is complex and it is important for family businesses to invest their time and resources evenly between the two,” Ms Chalk said.

“Maintaining a long term perspective is vital and people need to remain focused on the present and prepare for the future. Communication is essential for any business to build a sustainable long term plan.”

Suncorp Bank Regional Manager for North Queensland, Troy Constance, said the series of Suncorp Bank’s regional visits was a great success and attracted positive feedback from the communities.  

“It has been a challenging few years for many agribusinesses across the country, with mixed weather patterns and drier conditions. The roadshow series gave producers and agribusinesses the opportunity to come together and gain invaluable insights from high calibre speakers,” Mr Constance said. 

“Suncorp Bank has been supporting agribusinesses for more than 110 years. As Australia’s leading regional bank, we’re in a great position to be able to continue this support into the future.”



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About Suncorp:
Suncorp Group includes leading general insurance, banking, life insurance and superannuation brands in Australia and New Zealand. The Group has 14,500 employees and relationships with nine million customers. Suncorp Group Limited is a Top 15 ASX-listed company with $94 billion in assets. Suncorp Bank is Australia’s leading regional bank servicing more than one million personal, SME and agribusiness customers.