Kate McBride is 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 is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Adelaide University, majoring in management with agriculture and environmental electives. While studying full time Kate also spends much of her time at Tolarno working on the property and experiences the difficulties of living on a dry river first hand.
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 and the impact on both the older and younger generations.
In 2019 Kate filmed the viral video of her father and family friend holding dead Murray Cod during Menindee’s mass fish kills. She has become a familiar face in the fight for a healthy Darling River and Menindee Lakes and had been interviewed by numerous radio, podcast and TV shows, including being featured on Australian Story ‘Cry me a river’.”
In late 2019 Kate was a guest host on the drought special for Q&A and received applause from many for standing up to politicians and acting as a voice for everyday farmers. Kate is passionate about Agriculture and getting young people involved with this incredible industry but recognises the barriers many people face and the factors contributing to the average age of an Australian farming being 56.