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Julia Telford

Goondiwindi, Darling Downs South West

Not wanting to leave her hometown of Goondiwindi was the catalyst for Julia Telford to establish Engage & Create Consulting. Profitable from its first day, she has built a company which specialises in developing projects in regional communities from ideas into reality.

My name is Julia Telford and my business is Engage & Create Consulting and I live in Goondiwindi.

Generally, we work with small, rural or remote businesses or industry groups so quite often we will work with anybody from a tractor dealership to a motel to perhaps an agricultural industry group.

My background is in environmental science and I've worked with land care and catchments groups, groups of landholders and Indigenous landholders for the last 15 years.

Part of my business is actually helping other small businesses access grants so particularly at the moment, through Advanced Queensland I've help businesses access some funding through Ignite Ideas.

I have realised that you really can create whatever life you want to be part of and professionally, I'm really excited about what the future holds for my small business.

With limited employment opportunities in her hometown of Goondiwindi, Julia established Engage & Create Consulting in 2012 with the aim to support rural and regional communities turn their ideas into reality. One of Julia's key commitments is to contribute to the viability and vibrancy of regional Australia. She's also a passionate advocate for sustainable agriculture, regional economic development, women in leadership and mental health awareness. Underpinning this is Julia's belief that a profitable small business can still have a heart and deliver on community needs. The fact her business has been profitable from the start confirms this belief.

Clients of Engage & Create Consulting include private land owners and managers, regional councils, Indigenous groups, rural business, and community and government groups. Engage & Create Consulting has developed and delivered 'Skilling Her Enterprise' workshops across Australia for Agrifood Skills Australia. They have also worked with Aboriginal women in south-west Queensland helping build leaders to take roles on traditional owner group boards, and have partnered with 4 corporate agribusinesses in northern Australia to examine why 50% of workers on stock camps were women, but less than 1% went on to manage stations.

In 2017, Julia was awarded the Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women's Network Small Business Owner of the Year. As part of her work, she also actively contributes a woman's voice to important conversations happening in regional Australia. Julia sits on the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council, Regional Development Australia for Darling Downs South West Queensland, Tie Up the Black Dog Committee and the Rural Business Collective.

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