Sheep Industry Business Innovation

Meet the team: Senior Development Officer Justin Hardy

Each edition, we will introduce you to a different member of our SIBI team.

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Justin spent the first thirteen years of his life on a farm in Kenya, which cemented a lifelong love for the environment. A degree in Agricultural and Environmental Science at University of Newcastle upon Tyne was a natural choice, with Justin saying: “the concept of land stewardship resonates strongly with me, and we are just custodians aiming to leave the land in a better condition to future generations.”

Justin has worked as a regional land conservation adviser on the south coast, the outcome of which was the formation South Coast NRM Inc. In time, he led the WA chapter of the five year national Sustainable Grazing on Saline Lands (SGSL) grower network program.

Justin said “It was an exciting initiative that involved over 50 grower trial sites from Jerdercuttup in the south, Mukinbudin in the east and to Mingenew in the north, underpinned by a research and development program which investigated productivity as well as environmental outcomes.”

More recently Justin has held a number of more direct roles in the WA sheep industry, including the inaugural executive officer for the Sheep Industry Leadership Council (now the WA Sheep Alliance), and the More Sheep Initiative which contributed towards the inception of the SIBI program. Justin is currently enrolled part time in a PhD with the University of WA, looking at sheep production from the novel perennial pasture legume called tedera.

“My current role with the SIBI project is managing the Centre for Operations, Research and Infrastructure, as well as leading a number of other activities including servicing the Noongar Land Enterprises group with property owners transitioning into a sheep enterprise, supporting sheep industry placements, capacity building and leadership for young professionals and the sheep industry university scholarships program” Justin said.

Outside work, Justin is passionate about community, and leads a river restoration community group as well as volunteering as a training officer and a lieutenant in the local volunteer fire brigade. He enjoys keeping fit and participating in outdoor events such as the annual Blackwood marathon and Rottnest channel swim.

To contact Justin, email justin.hardy@dpird.wa.gov.au

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Justin (in hat) with his mother and two brothers climbing Mount Longonot in the rift valley, Kenya, about 1972