Recently David J Gibney Pty Ltd was a stallholder at “this Farm Needs a Farmer” field day at the Kyneton Showgrounds. The initiative of coupling Tree Changers with retired Farmers to mentor them through the change was the brainchild of Melissa Connors after her family made mistakes along the way of transitioning to life in the country.

As the 2018 winner of Victorian AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, this profile has allowed Melissa to gain exposure in this underserviced area. With David having grown up on a farm on the outskirts of Kyneton together with his earlier agriculture qualifications and experience prior to becoming an accountant, it didn’t take him long to agree when approached to support the initiative. In his profession, he is often witness to financial mistakes people have made after a well-intentioned (but not well planned) relocation.

Following on from interest generated on the day and to educate those wondering what’s involved in making some improvements to a less hectic life and developing an income generating concept on acreage, we hosted a Farm Tax Seminar at our offices on Tuesday 24 March 2019.