Kate McBride is one of the Australia Institute’s inaugural Anne Kantor fellows and a fifth-generation grazier from Western NSW. She was born and brought up on Tolarno Station, a 500,000-acre sheep property located along the Lower Darling river. Kate has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has commenced further study with a Graduate Diploma in Global Food and Agricultural Business.
Since 2016 when she became a Healthy River Ambassador, Kate has worked with people from all walks of life fighting for better water management within the Murray Darling Basin. In 2017 Kate was elected by fellow landholders onto the Western Local Land Services board becoming the youngest board member in the organisation’s history. Kate is passionate about rural Australia but has seen the damage the current drought and poor water management is causing to local townships.
Kate has become a familiar face in the fight for a healthy Darling-Barka River and has been interviewed by numerous radio, podcast and TV shows, including being featured on Australian Story ‘Cry me a river’. In late 2019 Kate featured on the panel for Q&A’s drought special and received applause from many for standing up to politicians and acting as a voice for everyday farmers.