Executive Officer, South East Premium Wheat Growers Association - ESPERANCE WA
CATEGORY: COMMUNITY & PEOPLE
Born and bred in Esperance, Niki Curtis grew up on a local farm and has continued her association with the agricultural industry, now working for the grower group, SEPWA. Niki has been nominated in the Community & People category for her dedication to rural communications and development.
Niki has worked in agricultural communications since studying at Muresk Institute of Agriculture and gaining a cadetship at the Countryman Newspaper. Firstly, as a journalist for a number of rural publications, then as Farmsafe WA’s Executive Officer before being employed as the Communications Officer for the Esperance Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA), and now working full time at SEPWA as their Executive Officer, managing projects and activities for their 370 members and stakeholders in the industry. Niki has in more recent years edited a number of publications, including “Managing South Coast Sandplain Soils to Yield Potential”; “Dealing with a Difficult Harvest”, and “Combatting Non-Wetting Soils”. She is in the process of editing two more books on Variable Rate Technology case studies and Esperance Fire Recovery stories this year. Both books are funded by GRDC.
Niki and the SEPWA team have been instrumental in driving the support and recovery initiatives throughout the Esperance region after the devastating fires in November 2015 which claimed four lives and burnt out over 80,000ha of farmland, crop, machinery and infrastructure.