Jane Sale is a mother, wife and pastoralist, who manages Yougawalla Pastoral Company with her husband Haydn and their two young children, Gus and Tilly, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Jane developed the idea for Central Station after attending a workshop in Broome about how farmers can better engage with the community in 2012. The need to engage with the community was a high priority for Jane and many of her friends after the clear divide between the pastoral industry and the urban Australian community during the 2011 live cattle trade ban to Indonesia.
“Although Central Station came out of a very dark time for our industry, it has come to represent to me a wonderful and positive way of dealing with the personal and financial upset it caused our family and business partners, as well as our staff and friends,” she said.
“Not only has blogging on Central Station been a great way for me to tell my story without a media agenda, but it has been really cathartic to be able to speak without feeling defensive.
“I think it is really wonderful that some of us who don’t write a diary have finally put words down and explained how different life is, and what pioneers and resourceful, caring people work in our industry.”
You can read more about Jane and her family on the Yougawalla Pastoral Company profile page here.
Steph and Jane met at the same workshop in 2012 where Jane came up with the idea for Central Station, and Jane approached Steph in 2013 to build and manage the website. Steph built and started managing Central Station in 2013 whilst working in Canada, and has since managed it from Canberra, Perth and a number of cattle stations across northern Australia.
A born and raised Perth girl, Steph love’s northern Australia and everything to do with the beef industry. Growing up she loved animals and her family always had a menagerie of cats, dogs, horses and various other pets. She had never worked with cattle or set foot on a station until she was 18 and in her second year of an Agricultural Science degree, when she did her first season on Wongawol Station in 2008. Seven years down the track she’s tried her hand working on farms, stations, studs, feedlots and in abattoirs in Australia, Canada, America and Indonesia, and she’s been lucky to work on 3 live export voyages to the Middle East, China and Malaysia.
Steph is a strong believer in ‘agvocacy’ (agricultural advocacy) and says that our industry has a fantastic story to tell- “We love our animals, we care for our land and we look after our people. It’s a lifestyle we are passionate about and we’re a pretty big part of a huge team that feeds people. I now identify myself with urban and rural Australia, and I have a zest for highlighting everything that we have in common and celebrating our differences!”
Steph currently manages Central Station from the United States, where she moved to in 2015 to study for her Masters of Science in Communications and Agricultural Education.
Ella Paine is the junior editor at Central Station. Having grown up on the land near Winton, Queensland, Ella contacted Central Station asking to be involved with the website. Impressed by her enthusiasm, persistence, industry knowledge and editing skills, Jane and Steph welcomed Ella in to the team in 2016. Ella has been reviewing and editing all blog content since the website’s inception, while working on different cattle properties in the NT and QLD. In 2017 Ella will be attending Agricultural College with a focus on horse management.
Of Central Station, Ella says ” I have truly enjoyed being a part of this community and getting to share all these wonderful stories. It has really helped me figure out where and who I want to spend my time with, and surprise – it’s wherever people like those who live out these stories happen to be, whether it’s in the office or the paddock or somewhere in between”.