During the past 20 years Cat has worked across multiple AgriFutures Australia (and RIRDC) projects and industry sectors. Since writing and project managing the former RIRDC-funded Workboot Series Story of Honey, Story of Rice and Story of Agroforestry publications she has more recently provided project management, writing and editing services for projects spanning the biological weed control, honey bee, thoroughbred horses, rice and working dog programs.
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)
Cat regularly provides contract communications, writing, editing and proofreading services for multiple AWI and Woolmark Company projects. Cat works with teachers and subject matter experts to develop and expand the Learn About Wool and Woolmark Learning Centre programs, delivering engaging educational resources for primary, secondary and tertiary teachers, students and industry stakeholders.
As joint project coordinator of AWI’s Tasmanian grower network — Sheep Connect Tasmania — from 2011–2012, Cat worked with AWI and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) to extend research outcomes to more than 700 Tasmanian sheep producers through workshops, hard-copy and electronic publications and the Sheep Connect Tasmania website.
Cat continues to provide strategic communications support to Sheep Connect Tasmania and the wider AWI grower network program.
Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)
Along with a core team of agricultural consultants from Pinion Advisory, Cat provides a range of communications services for MLA.
This innovative team joined forces to produce the successful Lambs Alive extension tool and has more recently collaborated on the Fit-t-join toolkit.
Lambs Alive is currently being rolled out in lamb survival workshops nationally. The tool provides sheep producers with a practical hands-on guide to carrying out lamb postmortems in order to determine and better manage the key factors impacting on lamb survival rates.
During the past few years Cat also has worked closely with MLA to produce online pasture management content and revise existing producer-facing publications.
Riverine Plains Inc
Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group dedicated to improving the productivity of broadacre farming systems in north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. Cat as worked with the group to produce annual Research Compendiums and one-off project publications that outline their farmer-driven research in a way that delivers on-the-ground benefits to farmers.
Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)
Cat provides contract communications, writing, editing and proofreading services for multiple GRDC projects including current grower-group publications for SPAA, UNFS and the Better Fertiliser Decisions for Cropping manual and Grain Storage Extension project. She also worked closely with the Department of Food and Agriculture, Western Australia (DAFWA) and the GRDC to produce the National Grains Industry RD&E Strategy.
Future Farm Industries CRC (FFI CRC)
Cat provided strategic and hands-on communications services to the CRC throughout its term and also to its predecessor the CRC for Planted-Based Management of Dryland Salinity. She also provided contract communications strategy support, publication management, writing, editing and proofreading services for the CRC’s Future Farm magazine and ad hoc publications. Through her long-standing involvement with the CRC she also enjoys a strong relationship with many of cross-organisational researchers and project leaders associated with the former CRC.