CQUni Emerald Bachelor of Agriculture student Genevieve Kane is a true advocate of the land. She sees the potential it holds and understands the people who toil upon it everyday. Her passion and determination has seen her excel in her studies, so much so that she was recently named the Miss Showgirl runner-up in the Queensland Country Life Emerald Miss Showgirl competition earlier this year.
What was a recent highlight of your life?
A recent highlight would have to be teaching at the Riding for the Disabled out here in Emerald. It is the best thing being able to offer otherwise unavailable opportunities to rural families, and to see huge smiles on the kid’s faces!
What is the best thing about being at CQUni?
Being able to study in a rural area is a huge bonus. I have found myself at home in a new community, and it has opened up an endless amount of networking, experience and career opportunities.
Who has made an impact on your life? Why?
The Hughes Family! The family of an established grazing business down in southern-inland Queensland. We happened to meet by total fate while I was undertaking a photography assignment. They opened up a completely new world, and helped me get to where I am now. I am so passionate and excited about the agricultural industry, and I definitely have them to thank for it!
If you could solve any social issue in your community, what would you tackle first?
Definitely mental health. It is a huge issue all over the world, and particularly hits home in our own rural communities. We are losing loved ones, and the pioneers of one of Australia’s largest industries, and something needs to change.
What do you love most about your role?
I love that I am being given the opportunity to make a career out of regenerating our beautiful planet, and providing people with whole, healthy foods.
If you weren’t living in Emerald where would you be?
In Victoria’s High Country! One day I am going to be the ‘Woman from Snowy River’.
If you had no responsibilities where would you be right now?
I would for sure be in a field growing flowers for everyone I know.