District 9520 Conference
5 - 7 April 2019
Speakers' Programme

Anika Molesworth,

Farmer, Researcher and Speaker.

Dr James Best,

General Practitioner, with special interest in Autism Management

Ms Bronte Martin,

Director of Nursing (Trauma & Disaster)
National Critical Care Trauma Response Centre ,

Dr James Charles,

Associate Professor
Current National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year

Blake Toomey, 

Graduate - Moorimbilla Voices

Vince Gauci

Foundation Broken Hill

Mayor Chagai,

Basketball Coach and Community Leader.

Gary and Steve Radford

Businessmen and Community Leaders.


Brendan Cullen

Lifeline Ambassador, Mental Health


Jessye Campbell

Student, Brighton Secondary School



PDG Brian Coffey

Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children


Anika Molesworty
Anika Molesworth
Anika Molesworth splits her life between her family’s sheep station in Far Western NSW and lush green rice paddies in Southeast Asia working as a researcher in international agricultural development. As 2015 Young Farmer of the Year and 2017 NSW Finalist for Young Australian of the Year, Anika is a passionate advocate for sustainable farming, environmental conservation and climate change action.
Anika’s interest in agricultural resilience was prompted by witnessing a decade-long drought on her family’s sheep farm in New South Wales, Australia. From this point, she began a career in seeking how to build resilience in fragile farming systems and has worked hard at promoting and advocating for sustainable agriculture and vibrant rural communities. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science specializing in Agribusiness, Master of Sustainable Agriculture and is currently completing a PhD on the topic of organic soil amendments in irrigated cropping systems.
Working for the past four years on Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research projects, Anika has developed expertise in Southeast Asian farming systems. Undertaking research with some of the world’s poorest farmers in Laos and Cambodia, her research has sought to address soil and water constraints, climate change adaptations and building capacity in rural communities.
Anika has a great interest in climate change and promoting actions to mitigate emissions and adapt to changing conditions. In 2014, she established Climate Wise Agriculture as a knowledge sharing platform, with a modus operandi to facilitate multi-direction flow of information on knowledge and skill transfer regarding climate change and farming. Climate Wise Agriculture has a website, blog page, podcast, YouTube video channel and facilitates free public seminars.
Anika helped establish and is a Board Director of Farmers for Climate Action which is an alliance of farmers and leaders in agriculture who are working with their peers, the wider community and political leaders to ensure Australia takes the actions necessary to address damage to the climate and establish pillars of support for the farming community. Since its official public launch 12 months ago, the group has built a network of 25,000+ supporters.
Anika founded the International National Trust Organisation (INTO) Farms program in 2014. INTO represents around 70 countries, and the INTO Farms program encourages and supports the conservation and preservation of natural resources, heritage breeds and heirloom species, heritage farming structures, traditional rural landscapes, and the use of traditional farming and cultural practices. In essence, it promotes the conservation and enhancement of heritage in rural settings and asks the question; how can lessons from the past can be used as teachings for the future?
Communication and collaboration have always been central in Anika’s work ethos as she endeavours to share the farming story – both the successes and the challenges. In 2017, she presented to an audience of nearly 2,000 as a TEDx speaker on “Farmers are key to a better future.” Appearing on radio, newspapers and television articles, Anika helps to spread awareness to a wide audience, engaging them with warmth, honesty and compelling storytelling.
Awards include; 2015 Young Farmer of the Year, 2016 Al Gore Climate Reality Leader, 2017 Young Australian of the Year NSW Finalist, and 2017 NSW Young Achiever Award for Environment and Sustainability.
Dr James Best
Dr James Best
Dr James Best has been a Sydney-based GP for over 20 years, and has recently moved to the south coast of NSW and is now practicing in Nowra. He has a special interest in the management of autism and child disability. He has presented and written extensively about autism in both medical journals and mainstream publications, including the Medical Journal of Australia, Australian Doctor and the Sydney Morning Herald. He has also written guidelines for GPs on the management of autism.
He also has an interest in the education and training of GPs, and has been a GP Supervisor for 14 years. In 2010 he was awarded the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) ‘GP Supervisor of the Year’. He is a sitting member of the RACGP Education Committee for post-vocational training.
In 2015, he and his 15 year old son Sam, who has autism, embarked on a 6 month backpacking journey around Africa on a purposeful exposure to uncertainty and chaos in order to improve Sam’s life skills. This intervention was studied by Griffith University as a case study, with the results being published shortly, and was also the subject of a book Dr Best has written and published by Allen and Unwin, called Sam’s Best Shot. The remarkable adventure was also featured on Australian Story in July 2017.
Sam's Best Shot 
Wing Commander Bronte Martin
Wing Commander
Bronte Martin
Ms Bronte Martin is the Director of Nursing (Trauma & Disaster) at the National Critical Care Trauma Response Centre responsible for providing clinical governance and oversight for in-reach Trauma Services at Royal Darwin Hospital, the NCCTRC Education & Training program, including the Australian Medical Assistance Team deployable 60 bed Field Surgical Hospital capability.
As a founding member of the NCCTRC team in 2007, Ms Martin has been active in the establishment of key clinical, acute healthcare partnerships in Emergency & Disaster Management response within the Asian-Pacific region. Recent Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) deployments include Tropical Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu in March 2015 and Philippines super-Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 and most recently coordination of the Australian Government’s AUSMAT response to Tropical Cyclone Gita, Tonga  and Papua New Guinea Highlands Earthquakes in 2018.
Ms Martin is registered nurse with 22 years’ experience previously holding senior positions in Emergency, Critical Care, Trauma, Aviation and Retrieval Nursing specialties. She has Masters in Nursing (Emergency & Trauma), Graduate Diploma Clinical Practice (Emergency), and Certificates in Critical Care & Aeromedical Evacuation. Additionally, she holds Advanced Diplomas in Management (Government), and Personnel & Operations Management (Defence).
Bronte is also a Wing Commander in the Royal Australian Air Force and is currently the Senior Instructor for Military Critical Care Aeromedical Teams, having been a member of Specialist Reserve for the past 18 years. Previous operational experiences include deployments to Solomon Islands in 2004 and Afghanistan in 2010; following which she was the recipient of the Australasian Military Medicine Association 2011 Weary Dunlop Prize and NATO Commanders Commendation for her work on Intelligent Tasking Aeromedical coordination project.
In 2016 Bronte returned from a 6-month secondment with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) Secretariat in Geneva to develop and establish the Global Classification, Mentorship & Verification program; ensuring validated, quality international Emergency medical care is delivered in response to sudden onset disasters. .  In 2017 Bronte assumed the inaugural role on behalf of WHO as Regional Chair – Western Pacific for Emergency Medical Teams; actively mentoring 5 International EMTs from around the globe towards achieving WHO Global Classification and validation of national capacities to respond in Emergencies.
Through her ongoing work with the WHO and other United Nations partners, Bronte is also currently a designated Australian representative for UN Disaster Assessment & Coordination Teams (UNDAC) deployed to assist and support host governments in the immediate aftermath of sudden onset disasters.
Dr James Charles
Associate Professor
James Charles
A very proud Kaurna man for the Adelaide Plains, father of five children. Dr Charles as lived at many different places, including living in Newcastle while working at the University of Newcastle. James was the first Aboriginal Podiatrist in Australia, the first Aboriginal person to receive a Master of Podiatry, and first Aboriginal person to receive a PhD in Aboriginal foot health.
James has volunteered his time at many Aboriginal community controlled organisations, boards and committees and was Vice President Indigenous Allied Health Australia 2011, President of Indigenous Allied Health Australia 2009 – 2010, and Chairperson of Indigenous Allied Health Australia Network 2008, was also very proud to be selected to be a representative at the national “Close the Gap” committee in 2008-2009.
Dr Charles has received many awards over the years including the current National NAIDOC Scholar of the year award winner 2017 for his teaching, research and work in the community. He received the 2017 Faculty of Science, PVC Student Learning Student Experience Survey Award for his teaching, basically getting near perfect student feedback for his teaching in Podiatry at Charles Sturt University. In 2014 James received the Golden Microscope Award, from Rotary Indigenous Health for his innovative for in foot and ankle measurement and his research in Aboriginal foot health.
James and his family have recently moved to Deakin University and is educating Aboriginal students as the Coordinator of Master of Public Health, at the Institute of Koorie Education with Deakin University. Dr Charles is also working in the School of Medicine, and will continue to help Aboriginal medical students and educate all medical students about cultural competence.
Podiatry in Action
Michelle Leonard
Artistic Director
Michelle Leonard  OAM
Michelle Leonard OAM  is the founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of Moorambilla Voices. This nationally awarded program seeks at its core to give country kids a rare opportunity to sing, dance, record, tour and create incredible performances with artists of the highest calibre.
The friendships, performances and opportunities the children make are life-changing. Under Michelle's direction, the choirs and annual program has flourished, receiving numerous awards - notably the APRA AMCOS award for excellence for seven consecutive years at a State and National level.
Michelle’s work was featured in Wide Open Sky (directed by Lisa Nicol and winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at 2015 Sydney Film Festival) and Outback Choir (Heiress Films/ABC Australia), both documentaries about the Moorambilla Voices program were released to wide acclaim.
Michelle is also the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of Leichhardt Espresso Chorus which celebrates 20 years in 2018. This adult chorus annually performs traditional “major works” with full orchestra and also actively commission’s new Australian work  - currently 100 new Australian choral works have been created for this ensemble.
Michelle is widely sought after as a choral clinician on Australian repertoire and appears regularly as a guest speaker, adjudicator and workshop facilitator. Michelle was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for Services to the Community and Performing Arts in 2017 and was awarded Sydney University Alumni of the year for Arts community and culture in 2018. She has four magnificent young children who keep her very busy and very happy.
Vince Gauci
Vince Gauci
Chairman, Foundation Broken Hill
Vince became involved with Foundation Broken Hill after attending the inaugural meeting held in Melbourne in 1999, he joined the Board immediately and very quickly became Chair.
He has now held the Chair for almost 18 years. Vince also Chairs the Foundation’s Finance and Capital Raising Sub-committees and is a prolific letter-writer and ambassador for the Foundation, always with an eye on opportunities to swell the coffers of our Capital Fund
Born, raised and educated in Broken Hill and contributing a great deal of his working life in the local mining industry, he was a respected sportsman and football coach before leaving Broken Hill in 1984—and has since become equally well-known and respected ‘away’.
Vince’s outstanding mining career culminated as Managing Director of MIM Ltd.
Following a period as non-executive director in a number of Australian public companies, Vince is now retired with his wife Leonie and based in Brisbane.
Vince was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003; a Legend of the Mining Industry in 2008; Australia Day Broken Hill Citizen of the Year in 2015 and was inducted into the Sacred Heart College Hall of Honour in May 2018.
Mayor Makuei Chagai
Mayor Makuei Chagai
Basketball Coach
Mayor Chagai is a community leader; the founder of Savannah Pride Basketball Club.
MAYOR MAKUEI CHAGAI was born in Yirol in southern Sudan. He lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for a number of years where he became involved in basketball. As a young South Sudanese refugee, he arrived in Australia with nothing in 2006. Today, a decade later, he is in charge of youth group which has drawn on a passion for basketball to foster community harmony and rein in the youth unrest that plagued the streets of Blacktown in the mid-2000s and across Western Sydney suburbs.
Mayor accomplished two significant Sports achievements - He founded Savanah Pride that has put Australian basketball players on the world map. More importantly perhaps, as leader of Savannah Pride he and his leadership team have nurtured the lives of hundreds of young new arrivals from Africa
Mayor graduated from Richmond TAFE with Certificate III and Diploma of Agriculture and moved to study Agricultural Science at the university.
In Mayor's own words "A few of us got together and starting playing basketball. Without thinking about it too much; basketball became THE ANSWER for us".
They needed an ANSWER because life for refugees in Blacktown was not easy. Apart from the settlement issues that every refugee faces, the Sudanese had come from a very active war zone, usually with little support and without family they more readily fell prey to gangs and often came into conflict with local police. Under the leadership of Mayor, the Savannah Pride basketball programme has not only kept potentially troubled youth "off the street", but it, also, created basketball superstars and given young people critical academic support and life skills mentorship.
The hard work has paid off with Savannah Pride last year taken under the wing of the Police Citizens Youth Clubs that has made the organisation sustainable and its indefatigable leader able to lead a more normal working life.
His Excellency, The Governor of NSW visiting Savannah Pride Club
Gary Radford
Gary and Steve Radford OAM
Businessmen and Community Leaders
There is lots to know about Gary "Ripper" Radford OAM, and it's all written in the book "Ripper", and it's a darn good read
In addition to its many claims to fame, Broken Hill is also home to one of the most successful family businesses in the region, made even more remarkable for the fact that it has been in operation for over a century - under the stewardship of Gary and Steve Radford.

Back in 1911, as the focus of the mining rush shifted from original deposits in Silverton to far more lucrative seams in Broken Hill, Les Radford started a building and transport business that helped local families to literally move their houses, piece by piece, to the next town, using camel teams and steel trailers. From there, Les Radford's business grew to become one of the largest building contractors and earthmoving companies in the region, and was the major service provider for the three main mining companies in Broken Hill. The business passed down the generations when it was acquired by grandson Gary in 1972, and it thrives today as Consolidated Mining & Civil, under the stewardship of Gary's son Steve.

Gary's life-story was immortalized in the biography Ripper by John Miller, which traces his grandfather's arrival in the town, with eleven children in tow, through to Gary's semi-retirement and his maintenance of the family's legacy as philanthropic supporters of the local community - not least of which is Gary's personal contribution to the construction of a pavilion at the Broken Hill Race Course, which now bears his name.

"My great-grandfather had a great relationship with the town," says Gary. "What he put back into the community, no one will ever know. I guess that's the same as us now - what we put back into the community, if it was a dollar value, no one would ever know." Whilst the value may never be known, their contribution has nonetheless been qualified - both father and son have been honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for their services to the community of Broken Hill.

Steve has been working at his father's side from a very early age - learning the mechanics of the industry and the value of community. He recalls his father's sage advice, "we only get out something that we can put back" and he is determined to continue that tradition going forward.
Today Gary enjoys his semi-retirement where he continues to work seven days a week and punches twelve hours a day keeping busy with the family businesses and his many philanthropic interests including Legacy, which holds a special place in Gary's heart. Gary is a passionate supporter of the Broken Hill Community and it's history.
Gary and Steve Radford

Gary and Steve Radford

Stephanie Woolard

Stephanie Woollard

The Seven Women Story
Stephanie Woollard began Seven Women when she was 22 after meeting seven disabled women working in a tin shed in Kathmandu. In Nepal, disabilities carry a strong social stigma, believed by many to bring bad fortune. The women were consequently living in poverty, able to sell at the local market only a fraction of what they produced.
These seven women were struggling to make a living in the face of harsh discrimination. With her last $200, Steph paid for a trainer to teach the women how to produce products for sale locally and abroad - and Seven Women was born.

Since 2006 Steph has built up the Seven Women team and launched an Australian arm for fundraising and a sales channel for their ever growing operation in Nepal.

The Seven Women project has since changed the lives of over a thousand disabled Nepalese women through training, employment and the sale of their ethically manufactured goods worldwide. In addition 5000 women have been positively impacted through outreach programs facilitated by the enterprise.

Seven Women is empowering Nepali women, transforming their lives and their communities.

In 2016, a documentary was made about Seven Women's work and several books are also available.

Stephanie has recently been recognised on the global stage with a prestigious Rotary Responsible Business Award for her work, one of only six honorees worldwide. The award presentation formed the centerpiece of Rotary Day 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York with Rotary International President John Germ, more than 1500 Rotary members, UN officials and NGO leaders present.  Recently, Stephanie  was awarded Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the international community through humanitarian aid.

Stephanie believes there is potential for all businesses to be a strong force of good in our world. “It’s not only businesses but consumers as well – we all cast our vote on what type of world we want to live in with every dollar we spend.”

Stephanie is a deeply inspiring young woman dedicated to education and empowerment of the world’s most marginalised. Her journey demonstrates how through persistence and unrelenting commitment one person can truly make a difference.
The Seven Women Story


Brendan Cullen

Brendan Cullen

Life Line Ambassador, Mental Health
BRENDAN is a born and bred Broken Hill local, who has spent most of his life working in the region.  Brendan has a deep understanding of the country he is responsible for – having seen first hand theimpact of drought, floods and the growing problem of wild dogs and pigs.
Brendan worked for Elders and later for Michell Wool.  Now a farmer and self-proclaimed ‘bushy’, Brendan Cullen is the manager of Kars Station; 60kms south of Broken Hill. 
Brendan is also a Regional Ambassador for Lifeline  and he is strong advocate for the community. He is passionate about helping people to reach out and get support. 
“As someone who’s been through it, I know how hard it can be to make that initial step of asking for help; even admitting to yourself that “yes,  I have a problem is challenging”. Mr Cullen said.
“For me attending that first mental health clinic with the RFDS was a life changer. I just hope that I can make a positive difference and encourage blokes out there, especially the ones living on the land that, hey, it’s ok to not always be at your best.”   “It’s ok to get help; it’s ok to take time out for yourself.” He said. 
“As a Lifeline ambassador I’m hoping that by telling my story and openly sharing my struggles it will allow others to do just that. Share and get help.”
Brendan Cullen on the Land


Brendan Cullen

Jessye Campbell

Student, Brighton Secondary School
Jessye was born in 2001 and her first year of life was already tumultuous! At only 9 months of age she lost her father in a road accident and only 6 weeks later it was discovered that she had tumours in both eyes (bilateral retinoblastoma) necessitating the immediate removal of one eye and an immediate launch into the world of hospital visits, chemotherapy and, eventually, radiotherapy. These treatments continued over the following 4 years however the remaining eye could not be saved and this was also removed at the age of 5.
Jessye was a spirited and determined toddler and her incredible resilience. Understanding even at the age of 5 that this operation to remove her second eye was actually going to save her life, she has grasped every opportunity and worked hard to achieve many personal goals throughout her schooling.
Music has played a big role for Jessye since a very young age and she has sung a variety of solos at local community and church events, the SA Primary Schools Music Festival, Eisteddfods and fundraising concerts and dinners. She has attended Gondwana Choirs National Choral School for 4 years and has won a place in the nationally-celebrated Gondwana Voices based in NSW. She also plays the trombone and viola. She was a member of the debating team for Brighton Secondary School.
Jessye has been the guest speaker/performer for CanDo4Kids, Camp Quality, Glenelg Kiwani Club, and Variety SA. Each of these organisations has helped Jessye.
She participated in Mercedes-Benz Tandem Project, a 1000 km bike ride from Geelong to Glenelg at the age of 14 for which she (and the school raised over $10,000.) The Governor of SA presented her with a special award for this achievement.
In 2016-17 Jessye took up rowing which. In 2017 she was awarded Female Para Athlete of the Year by Rowing SA.  On Saturdays, she loves her horse-riding lessons.
Jessye also achieves well academically and has won several awards at school.
Jessye was the exchange student to Rotary Club of La Roche-sur-Yon in western France.
She is keen at any time to speak to those who are interested in how she manages her challenges. To this end, she has just signed up to work with the RSB (Royal Society for the Blind) in some of their programs with younger people. Jessye’s new goals for this year include learning to play the guitar, taking up judo, learning Spanish and taking salsa lessons! She is hoping to study psychology and languages at university.
== Brendan Cullen on the Land


PDG Brian Coffey

PDG Brian Coffey

Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (R O M A C)
Raised and educated in Newcastle at Marist Brothers and Newcastle Boys High; Brian and Carol moved to Maitland in 1979, commencing a 34 year career in law enforcement. They married in 1982 and have 2 boys and 4 grandchildren.
Brian joined East Maitland Rotary Club in 1999, engaging in Youth Exchange and as District YEO; today he speaks to inbound students on law topics. Brian, a PHF+3, has served most club directors roles, President (2004-05, 2013-14,2019-20).
Carol, a non-Rotarian, is a PHF+1, recipient of the East Maitland Club Service Award, and Rotary International Partner Award.
Brian has been involved in RAWCS, DIK, ROMAC, RYPEN, RYLA, Dream Cricket, RYDA, GSE and Science and Engineering Challenges. Finding and hosting a ROMAC patient, Charlie – is the feature of his presentation.
In 2019 Brian takes on the roles as Eastern Region RAWCS Chair and Assistant Rotary Coordinator.
Membership and community engagement are his priorities in his Rotary service as District 9670 Governor in 2018.
As car enthusiasts, Brian and Carol own a historic GTHO Falcon and enjoy spending precious time with family, friends and travelling.
PDG Brian Coffey Presentation on ROMAC


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