Meet our Committee | Tom Dawkins

20121272_843267022500941_4443918646702655980_oTom works at the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council as the Media & Communications Manager, and is a member of the NRPC Executive Committee.

Why did you decide to get involved on the NRPC?
As an agricultural journalist, I’ve been involved with rural media organisations in South Australia and Victoria. I’ve been lucky enough to win a few awards at state level, as well as nationally via the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists, and I believe organisations like the NRPC are important in professional development and in building good working networks for those involved in rural media.

What do you love the most about working in the rural and agriculture sector?
Getting to work with people from across the globe. Agriculture links the most remote producers in Australia with consumers all around the world. The history, geography, economics and human elements of those supply chains are absolutely fascinating.

What is the biggest opportunity facing your sector and why?
Educating decision makers and the community about the world-leading role livestock exports play in Australia’s broader red meat export story. It is global food security story we should all be very proud of.

What is the biggest challenge facing your sector or rural communities in general and why?
Australia needs to grow its beef and dairy herds and the national sheep flock, which in turn will drive economic activity in rural communities and help us build and sustain greater market access overseas.

Who is a leader you admire and why?
Senator David Leyonhjelm. I don’t agree with everything he says (nor how he says it), but I greatly admire and respect him as a strongly principled politician and a champion of individual liberty.