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

Michelle Leonard OAM, 

Artistic Director and Conductor
Moorambilla Voices

Vince Gauci

Foundation Broken Hill

Mayor Chagai,

Basketball Coach and Community Leader.

Gary 'Ripper' Radford OAM

Businessman and Community Leader.

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 Excelency, The Governor of NSW visiting Savannah Pride Club
Gary Radford
Gary 'Ripper' Radford OAM
Businessman and Community Leader
There is lots to know about Gary, 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

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