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Regionally Speaking

Join Phoebe Tully as she interviews some of Australia’s most impressive entrepreneurs, all of whom have chosen to run their business and live their lives outside major capital cities. The podcast looks at the challenges and advantages of regional living and provides insights to getting started. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.  

In season one, Phoebe spoke with product designers in Dubbo, art dealers in the Hunter Valley, publishers in Byron Bay – all people who prove that it is possible to run a company and live where you want. You can access the season one show notes here. 

Welcome to the Regionally Speaking Podcast!

Season 2, Episode 1: Michael Fox, Fable Food

Michael Fox is an experience startup CEO, first of Shoes of Prey and now of Fable Food, a plant-based meat company he runs from his home on the Sunshine Coast. 

In this episode, Michael talks about fundraising through venture capital firms, getting market research right, and how he's building company two using his knowledge from company one. 


Episode 2: Rayleen Brown, Kungkas Can Cook

Rayleen Brown is the founder of Kungkas Can Cook, a line of bush tucker products as well as tourism opportunities, all of which she runs from Alice Springs.

In this episode, Rayleen talks about the resilience needed to be an entrepreneur – a trait she has in spades – as well as her vision for the bush tucker industry, and the importance of mentoring the next generation of Indigenous entrepreneurs.


Episode 3: Cameron Mackenzie, Four Pillars

Cameron Mackenzie is one of the co-founders of Four Pillars, one of Australia’s most exciting alcohol brands, which is based in the Yarra Valley.
In this episode, Cam talks about the very early days of the company, the emotional rollercoaster of selling 50% of it, and the plans for even more growth in the future. 


Episode 4: Annabelle Hickson, Galah Press

Annabelle Hickson is a writer, photographer, florist, author and now Editor of Galah Press, a print magazine about regional Australia.
In this episode, Annabelle talks about moving from Brisbane to Moree and now to a pecan farm outside Tenterfield. She talks about finding her feet when she realised she wasn’t going to get a job, and how she turned that into a book deal and now a publishing company she runs from her acreage on the NSW-Queensland border.


Episode 5: Dr Clinton Schultz, Sobah Beverages

Dr Clinton Schultz owns Sobah Beverages, an Indigenous-owned non-alcoholic beer brand he runs from Burleigh Heads.
In this episode, Clinton talks about his background as first a chef and then as a registered psychologist, and how his connection to country and culture influenced his decision to start Sobah Beverages. We talk about moving from a food truck to being stocked at Dan Murphy’s, as well as wellbeing both as a psychologist and as an entrepreneur, and how and why to support Indigenous businesses.


Episode 6: Christina Symes, We Are Triibe

Christina Symes is the Director of We Are Triibe, an award-winning design studio based in the Byron hinterland.
In this episode, Christina talks about finding interior design when she felt her career and interest in fashion floundering, and how the studio has grown from being her part-time gig to a fully fledged company with staff and sub-contractors around the world. We Are Triibe specialises in interiors, styling, furniture design and more, and the talent of Tina and her co-founder Jess has been recognised both in Australia as well as around the world. It’s clear that regional living has sparked, not dimmed, their creativity.


Episode 7: Jo Palmer, Pointer Remote

Jo Palmer runs Pointer Remote, an organisation that’s all about building capacity in people, businesses and communities through training and recruitment. Pointer’s mission is working towards a world where regional communities are a preferred and prosperous choice from all employees and employers.
In this episode, Jo gives her advice on working and recruiting remotely, as well as charting her journey from her education degree through her three businesses. Jo also talks about being Australian Rural Woman of the Year, and why she thinks companies offering flexibility is the way of the future.


Episode 8: James Bartle, Outland Denim

James Bartle owns Outland Denim, an incredible ethical denim brand he runs from Tamborine Mountain.

In this episode, James talks about working out the profit structure of Outland and how it changed the company’s trajectory. He also talks about impact models, equity crowdfunding, raising capital, collaborating with likeminded competitors and why companies needs to be paying attention to the conscious consumer market. James is a passionate storyteller, and it was a privilege to spend an hour talking to him about building this incredible brand.