About Us

Who are we?

The NRPC was first formed in the mid-1990s and after a period of hiatus was reinvigorated in 2016 as a club that encourages debate and discussion and highlights issues affecting rural and regional Australia.

It hosts events and conversations to create opportunities for more informed debate and networking on domestic and global issues which affect Australia’s vital rural industries, especially agriculture.

The NRPC is located in Canberra and is affiliated with the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ), which in turn is an active member of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ).

These associations give the NRPC Australia-wide connections and international standing while enabling journalists who enter our local Awards to go further in achieving reward and recognition.

What we do

The NRPC hosts regular lively events to create opportunities for more informed debate and networking for people who support a stronger and more sustainable future for rural and regional Australia.

Committee

Meet the NRPC team

The NRPC executive and committee live and work in and around Canberra and work together to host events that highlight issues affecting rural and regional Australia.

National Rural Press Club Lucy Barbour

Lucy Barbour

President

Lucy Barbour is the ABC’s national regional affairs reporter and has worked as a political reporter and for flagship news and current affairs programs 730, AM, The World Today and PM.

National Rural Press Club Simon Troeth

Simon Troeth

Secretary

Simon is Manager of government and industry relations for Australia’s largest gold miner, Newcrest Mining, and has a career spanning journalism, public service, communications consultancy and politics.

Sarah Paradice

Treasurer 

Sarah works for the Crawford Fund, an organisation that promotes the benefits of Australia’s investment in international agricultural research for global food nutrition security.

Tim Lester

Vice President

Tim is the senior policy manager for the Australian Forest Products Association and has worked in natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, animal welfare, biosecurity and rural innovation.

National Rural Press Club Mike Foley

Mike Foley

NRPC Committee Member

Mike is the climate change, environment and energy correspondent for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and was previously the national political reporter for Rural Press.

Kath Sullivan

NRPC Committee Member

Kath is the ABC’s national rural reporter and has previously worked as a breakfast radio presenter and for the rural newspaper, The Weekly Times.

Jamieson Murphy

NRPC Committee Member

Jamieson is the national rural affairs reporter for Rural Press, writing for a range of mastheads including the iconic bush bible The Land.

Andrew Henderson

NRPC Committee Member

Andrew runs the consultancy firm, AgSecure, working across agriculture, trade, biosecurity and energy and runs a small mixed farm near Yass with his wife and young family.

National Rural Press Club Lauretta Wallace

Laureta Wallace

NRPC Committee Member

Laureta is the general manager of communications for the Regional Australia Institute and began her media career working for regional newspapers in News South Wales and Western Australia.

Georgie Robertson

NRPC Publicity Consultant

Georgie Robertson runs The Regional PR Co., a creative public relations agency based in Wagga working with a niche portfolio of clients who are creating positive impact for rural and regional communities.