Inspirational speaker joins ‘meteorology’ forum

July 25, 2018

A highly credentialed speaker has accepted an invitation to join the program for next week’s ‘Meteorology and Motivation’ forum.

As well as renowned meteorologist and weather presenter Jane Bunn, the night will also feature agricultural advocate David Farley.

It will be at the Deniliquin Golf Club next Tuesday, July 31 from 7pm and is being organised by West Berriquin Irrigators and the Speak Up Campaign.

It will be Jane Bunn’s fifth visit to Deniliquin and comes at an opportune time amid growing concerns about drought and low water allocations. She will give a detailed presentation on her expert weather predictions.

Mr Farley is an agricultural advocate and executive chairman of Matrix Commodities with a long and distinguished career specialising in the global agribusiness landscape. He is a passionate advocate for agriculture in Australia.

Mr Farley believes we have all the ingredients to lead the world in increasing food and fibre production by 70 per cent to meet the needs of population demands into the future. However there is one missing link, being good agricultural policy.

Mr Farley’s topic at next Tuesday’s forum, ‘Making good agricultural policy makes good politics’, is sure to attract plenty of interest in the present political climate.

Speak Up Campaign chair Shelley Scoullar said both Speak Up and West Berriquin Irrigators are driven by their passion for the region and its potential to lead the dining boom, and have been highlighting poor policy decisions for three years.

“We are excited about the prospect of having David Farley come to Deniliquin to express his opinions. We believe our region has been let down, to the point of being ‘thrown to the wolves’ by bureaucratic ladder climbers and some of our peak representative groups.

“Now, this situation is exacerbated by the current water situation and the stress which surrounds the lack of rain.

“We hope Jane Bunn will bring some optimism to the region with a positive outlook, and David Farley will help us better understand how to cut through the issues with politics and agriculture,” Mrs Scoullar said.

Another interesting speaker at the forum will be Echuca journalist Sophie Baldwin, sharing her amazing journey from a distressing marriage break-up to competing in the gruelling Palm Cove Ironman event. Sophie, as a dairy farmer for 24 years, understands the agricultural landscape.

“This is an exciting forum and we hope farmers and the general community will give it full support so we can all gain knowledge and enthusiasm to drive our region forward,” Mrs Scoullar said.

Organisers would prefer tickets to be pre-purchased which can be found by typing Meteorology and Motivation into the search bar at, emailing, visit the Speak Up Facebook page or phone 0409 044 754. Tickets are $40 which includes a delicious Deni Golf Club supper.



For further information or interviews: Shelley Scoullar phone 0414 960 785 or email



Matrix Commodities Executive Chair David Farley is a strong advocate for Australian Agriculture. (Photo courtesy of AAP Image)

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