Successful family farming business in Narrikup while at the same time developing strong working partnerships with other local business people. The farm is highly productive running up to 3000 ewes and lambs on 420 acres of established pasture.
Implementation of a mineral based biological soil management system which was developed from hands-on practical experience and sound science (Australian Mineral Fertilisers (which now manufactures locally, employing 15 staff).
Until recently, Stephen was full-time CEO for the AMF group, a role which required a strong understanding of financial reporting and budget forecasts, and involved the oversight of extensive research and development programs (strongly supported by Auslndustry). Continued part-time involvement as a Board member and consultant to AMF but is now taking more time to focus on the family farm and developing and implementing more sustainable practices in the industry.
Establishment of Things Wild (growing and exporting native wildflowers).
Stephen has a very clear vision about the need for farming and manufacturing practices to be sustainable, both environmentally and financially, and how this can be achieved on a commercial level.
Committee and executive member for many years of Wilson Inlet Catchment group and held the position of chair for three years. As chair, he instigated the WICC strategic plan, the WICC works a commercial arm where all profits were re-invested into the catchment, part of an alternative funding opportunity.
Founding secretary for the Hay River Land Conservation District (mid to late 1980s) which was the forerunner to WICC.