THREE-TIME Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Glen Boss was the guest speaker at an informal agribusiness event at Tamworth.
Boss was one of three speakers lined up at the free event – the other two speakers were organisational development consultant Dennis Hoiberg and Suncorp Bank’s financial market and international export trade analyst Darryl Conroy.
The group also visited Moree last week and spoke to an appreciative audience at the Moree Town and Country Club.
Amy McDonald, of Suncorp Bank, which staged the event, said both functions were great evenings.
“We run our agribusiness roadshows nationally,” Ms McDonald said.
“They’ve been quite informal: it’s not meant to be about banking.
“Our agribusiness bankers and a team attend, but it’s more about getting the community together and hearing some amazing stories.”
The idea is for the speakers to inspire and offer practical advice to residents.
The agribusiness event provided expert information in rural and regional areas on financial markets, commodities, and overcoming adversity and managing change.
Suncorp Bank agribusiness executive manager Greg Leahy said he enjoyed visiting Tamworth and Moree.
“As Suncorp Bank celebrates 110 years of being part of regional and rural Australian communities, I’m proud that agribusiness is as important to us today as it was in the days as the Queensland Agricultural Bank in 1902,” Mr Leahy said.
“It’s vital for us to continue to make a special effort to ensure rural and regional Aussies receive the practical support and advice they need to run their businesses successfully.”
Mr Conroy shared his knowledge and insights into recent financial market movements, interest rates, currencies and commodities.
Mr Hoiberg, a regular speaker at Suncorp Bank agribusiness events who has supported farmers through drought, bushfires and flooding, provided advice on resilience.
“Developing resilience is about practising positive self-talk and understanding that every generation of farmers has its own challenges,” Mr Hoiberg said.
“When you’re facing difficult circumstances, as those living on the land often do, it’s important to avoid trying to tough it out alone. There are plenty of people at both a clinical and social level who can help.”