Red Earth Community Fundation
The Red Earth Community Foundation (RECF) was launched in February 2013 and was formed in the South Burnett to help our community help itself. Designed to build on the existing strengths and unique features of our region, the RECF provides a vehicle for these to combine in ways that secure the South Burnett's future potential.
The RECF enables our region to:
Support young people
Respond to challenges we face
Encourage creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership
and much more
Our community foundation is based on the concept of paying it forward. RECF's funding is derived through philanthropy, that is individuals or organisations giving for the benefit of others as well as from securing grants that enable us to achieve our mission of "sewing seeds for the future".
Georgie Somerset is a beef farmer and rural leader with experience in agribusiness, rural tourism and regional development. Her work involves identifying opportunities, resolving issues and creating linkages and networks across rural sectors.
Karen has been a partner in earthmoving and farming enterprises in the South Burnett for the past 39 years, and is a Qualifies Counsellor. Working actively in rural community support role for over five years has enhanced Karen's desire to help create a more resilient Burnett.
John has been part of the South Burnett since 1999 and has been working alongside community leaders and organisations to help the region build a great future. His passion is to encourage people and communities to be part of creating solutions to their challenges and opportunities, and he brings first hand experience in developing community investment programs and strategic relationships.
Cr Ros Heit
Cr Ros Heit has lived in the South Burnett for over 30 years and was elected to the South Burnett Regional Council in 2013. Ros was previously area Manager for Uniting Care Community and has a background in social work, employment services and youth work as well as running a small property with her husband in Wooroolin.
After a cricket career lasting 17 years at first class level where he represented Australia, Queensland and Surrey, Carl now lives on the family farm west of Wooroolin with his family. He spent many years on the boards of several cooperative housing societies, had two terms on the board of Queensland Cricket, and is now a board member of the Red Earth Community Foundation. Since it's inception 10 years ago, he has been patron of South Burnett Relay For Life.
Mandy is the proud mother of four boys and a successful business owner in the region. She grew up on the land in the Darling Downs and has now lived in the South Burnett for 23 years. Mandy is passionate about the region and her community. After participating in the Red Earth Community Leadership Program she feels she has developed skills across all facets of her family business and community life.