ANNE Currey grew up on a property near Pilliga in North West NSW, a background that set her on her professional pathway, firstly working with the NSW Department of Agriculture and then in her own company, Naturally Resourceful, which she established with a colleague in 1996.
Anne specialises in communications and community development, and her commitment to the rural sector has resulted in her involvement in a range of areas in her career – from outreach programs for rural women with TAFE and Lifeline, working with farm families to develop property plans, promoting agriculture to urban audiences, and helping groups such as Landcare plan their activities.
Anne has developed specific expertise in irrigation and water management, something that was recognised in her appointment by the NSW Government as independent chair/facilitator of the Northern Rivers Water Management Committee in 1999, a role she kept until the committee’s activities were wound up in 2004.
In 2012 Anne’s contribution to the irrigation sector was recognised by Irrigation Australia Limited, when she received a special commendation as part of the MacLean-Iedema Award.
Anne has edited the association’s quarterly journal since 1997. A key aim of the journal is to act as a forum to promote understanding between different sectors in the irrigation industry and to extend information about efficient irrigation practice.
Recently Anne has been able to act on her passion for making a contribution by acting as a mentor for women setting up businesses on the NSW North Coast (2010) and for young extension professionals (2012, through the Australasian Pacific Extension Network) and volunteering with Australian Business Volunteers.
In 2011 she worked for three months in Laos developing a communications strategy for a major agricultural program working with women and small farms in the north of the country.