The NT Independent is providing you with a light-hearted look at the candidates for the August 22 NT general election. We’re not looking at policy or platforms at this time, but rather at the person behind them.
Our Q&A should help you get to know the humans of NT politics.
Today’s profile is Territory Alliance candidate for Goyder, Rachael Wright
A multi-generational, long-term Territorian with strong links to industry, government and the business sector, Rachael has worked for the likes of Group Training Northern Territory, NT Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Employment National, Coles Myer Limited/Wesfarmers Ltd, and the departments of the Environment and Natural Resources and Corporate and Information Services. Her family connections with the Territory’s pastoral and tourism industries date back more than 30 years.
Rachael has lived in the Goyder electorate for over 20 years. She has three young children, two of whom are schooled in the electorate.
For more than two decades, Rachael has worked hard in various human resources and strategic workforce development roles within the Northern Territory, spearheading positive change within the ranks of the private sector and more recently, Northern Territory Government departments.
Rachael was born in Sydney to documentary filmmaker parents and spent the first five years of her life onboard their 72-foot yacht, sailing across the Pacific, studying cultural diversity, and giving to people and communities while they filmed. It was an unconventional early childhood by any stretch of the imagination and her parents instilled in her resilience, initiative, innovation and an unrelenting work ethic. After five years at sea they bought Nathan River Station (now the Limmen National Park), which was a 404,000ha cattle station in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the NT.
After two back-to-back natural disasters, her parents were forced into bankruptcy. This was a character building experience to put it mildly, however in the face of such adversity, it was time for Rachael and her six other siblings to step up. They combined their resources and bought the abandoned 404,000ha cattle station next door to the one their parents lost. That property is Lorella Springs Cattle Station and today it is a favourite outback getaway for Territorians, and interstate and international visitors. Together, they have worked hard to create a viable enterprise that employs locals and provides thousands of people each year with unforgettable memories of the Northern Territory outback.
For her schooling years, Rachael bounced between Sydney, Katherine School of the Air and a tiny bush school near Borrololla at a local cattle station called Mallapunya Springs, where she boarded with the Darcy family during the school week. Finally in 1988, she came to Darwin to complete her education, first going to Palmerston High School and then Charles Darwin University before launching her long career in human resources management.
Rachael very much enjoys the role of equipping people and business alike with new world knowledge transferable skills and most of all the confidence and capability to embrace existing and future opportunities.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and who did it come from?
The best piece of advice was from my elder brother Rhett while I was going through a very tough time, who got it from my Dad, who received it from my Pop. The advice was simple but effective when it was needed the very most: “A change will come”. In other words, this horrible time will pass and you will be okay.
Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself.
I am told by adults and children alike that I like fun more than most adults. I like to organise something fun and different when I catch up rather than just having a coffee, a meal or a chat. I like to entertain my friends in fun and different ways, e.g. fancy dress parties, cook off competitions, camping trips, fun hiking adventures, canoeing outings, orienteering games, sing off karaoke nights, quiz nights, basically any kind of childish challenge or activity to make me belly laugh at myself and my friends in a light-hearted manner.
How would your best mate describe you in twenty words or less?
I had to phone my friend for this one and these are her exact words: “Fun loving, considered, good listener, innovative, determined, strong, independent, caring, dependable, intelligent, quick witted, passionate, knowledge hungry, ethical, strong morals and values”.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring one movie, one album and one book, what would they be?
I’m a really practical person and if I was stranded I would want to know how to survive or be rescued. So I would bring a factual documentary and book on survival and rescue. However music is a different matter. I am a highly passionate person and music is one of my greatest loves. I think the boys from AC/DC and their Back in Black album would have to accompany me for sure.
If you could have dinner with any person in history, who would it be and why?
My grandfather Poppy Blue (my Dad’s father). The reason is because he was a wonderful caring man who played a major role in my early childhood years and I love and miss him very much still to this day.
A couple of really quick questions. You can give one-word answers if you wish.
Tea or coffee?
Oh coffee for sure, its my one vice.
Folder or scruncher?
Scruncher – no time for folding.
AFL or NRL?
Don’t mind as I enjoy both but I prefer netball.
Wet season or dry season?
Both. They are amazing in their own right, except I’m not a fan of the humidity of the build up.
Coles or Woollies?
Both because they employ locals and I can get parking easily in Coolalinga and Humpty Doo.
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