CAROLINE Robinson is passionate about rural business and building strong business and community networks in regional Western Australia.
Caroline runs a consulting business from her husband’s wheat and sheep farm in Woolocutty, four hours east of Perth in the WA Wheatbelt.
She specialises in strategic planning and project management for grower groups, community organisations and local government.
She sits on the board of the Rural Business Development Corporation which administers financial support schemes for the agricultural sector on behalf of the State and Federal governments.
Such schemes include drought reform measures for farmers to be better prepared for dry conditions, climate adaptation measures, dry season community and social support assistance and capacity building.
Caroline founded and is the executive officer of the Wheatbelt Business Network, a business association connecting agribusiness, engineering, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, finance, professional services, retail businesses and local government across eight shires in the central eastern Wheatbelt.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma of Middle Years Education, Diploma of Local Government and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Caroline was the 2011 Western Australian and Australian RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year.