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About Us

Richard Cowley, Founder and Manager: Born in Cunnamulla, South West Queensland, Richard grew up on his family's sheep and cattle properties in the district.  

Completing grade 12 at Toowoomba Grammar School, he then headed to the Northern Territory, working on Alexandria Station as a Jackaroo, then Soudan Outstation as Head Stockman.

A father of two daughters, in 1995 Richard went to work as the NSW and Southern Queensland Field Officer with the Cattlemen's Union of Australia. He consulted briefly to the Australian Beef Association before attending the University of Southern Queensland in 2000. Graduating with concurrent degrees, a Masters of Business Administration (Marketing) and Bachelor of Arts Degree (International Relations and Journalism) in 2004, Richard moved to Brisbane to be closer to his daughters.

Recognising the skills shortage in rural and regional Australia, and the enormous volume of students who want to do work experience in support of their studies, Richard and his partner developed the concept of linking the two together - going public with the Brolga Project in 2008.

Quick Facts About The Region

The Brolga Project is located in the suburb of Ashgrove, the ward of The Gap in the council of Brisbane, the state electorate of Cooper and the federal electorate of Brisbane.