Name: David Mailler
Age: 49 years
Family: Married to Clare for 22 years. Three teenage children, Thomas, Sarah, and Jemma
Employment Status: Farmer and University Student (Bachelor of Sustainability, majoring in Environmental Resilience)
Achievements: 2011 Graduate Australian Rural Leadership Programme, 2008 Kokoda Track, 1986 International Ag. Exchange (Norway), 1984 Graduate Dalby Agricultural College
Current Roles: Field Officer NSW Rural Fire Service, President UNE Student Association, UNE Sustainability Course Advisory Panel, Chairman District Council NSW Farmers, Treasurer Uralla and Armidale Rodeo Association
Past Roles: Director Southern New England Landcare, Executive Council NSW Farmers, Grains Committee NSW Farmers, Chairman Durum Wheatgrowers Association
I have a lifetime of experience and passion for agriculture and rural Australia. I grew up in the Moree district and I have spent most of my working life as a grain producer between Goondiwindi and Moree. Agriculture is part of my identity and has led me to become a passionate advocate for agriculture and for the necessary change to our representative model.
Between work and travel I have an eclectic mix of experience. I have worked in Norway on a dairy farm and travelled through Europe, North America, India and recently to Bhutan. I spent several years working away from the farm in Brisbane before returning to farming, and I was involved in the development of GPS tractor guidance for agriculture.
My family moved to Uralla in 2008 where we continue to operate a small farming business. Clare and I moved to the New England to focus on the education of our teenage children.
Generational transfer and equity are important issues for me and for the past decade I have had a keen interest in agricultural sustainability. This interest led in 2011 to me applying for and receiving a mature age early entry offer to study at UNE to study a Bachelor of Sustainability majoring in environmental resilience.
Community is an important part of my life and while studying and farming I maintain an interest and active role in various community groups. I was a director with Southern New England Landcare up until end 2014; and I currently hold leadership roles within NSW Farmers, UNE students association (UNESA), and two rodeo associations.