I have spent my entire life within the Pastoral industry, predominantly in Northern Australia with a four year stint in central Queensland. My previous experience in the advocacy space includes ten years on the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association executive and a period as chair of the Victoria River District Conservation Association. My wife Jade and myself moved to the West Kimberley in 2019 joining the KPCA Executive later that year. I am passionate about the Northern Pastoral Industry and feel fortunate to be in a position which allows me to contribute to the future growth of our great industry.
I am the Managing Partner of Salerno Law, a law firm with its head office in Kununurra and an office in Queensland. We represent pastoralists, farmers and rural clients all over Australia. I grew up on El Questro Station in the Kimberley. Myself and my brothers operate a pastoral business. With practical experience on the land, being a member of the cattle export industry and having a legal background, I am well placed to assist our industry to navigate an exciting but challenging time ahead. We have an abundance of opportunity within the northern regions of Australia and in particular, within the pastoral industry, if we are able to harness it. I am proud of the efforts of those who have laid the foundations for the KPCA and I am keen to assist in driving greater stakeholder value and establishing the KPCA as an innovative industry development body.
Mr Davidson is a highly-regarded Renewable Energy Executive with more than 30 years’ experience leading major strategic business initiatives, business transformation and capital raising initiatives in a diverse range of industries, particularly the renewable energy and technology sectors. He was the founder and Managing Director of Energy Made Clean (EMC), a leading Perth-based renewable energy company providing Off-Grid power and utility-scale solutions, which was acquired by ASX-listed Carnegie Clean Energy in 2016. Mr Davidson established Generators & Off-Grid Energy, based in Broome to service remote and regional Northern Australia with a focus on energy transformation, microgrids, solar and generators. John also sits on the Executive Committee of the Broome Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He continues to be a supporter of the KPCA.
I have grown up in the pastoral industry on Noreena Downs Station in the Pilbara. I’m currently joint manager of Noreena with my sister, where we run a mix heard of Droughtmasters, Brahmanas and shorthorn cattle for the live export and domestic markets. I’m passionate about the beef industry and I’m in the for the long haul with an open mind about future markets and how we need to get ready for them. Growing up in the pastoral industry, I have seen many changes come in a short time. One of the changes I believe strongly in is the move to low stress stock handling and better animal welfare. I am very interested in better land management and regeneration of pastures. I have also worked in the cropping sector of agriculture and in mining and construction which I have found to be useful in bringing different ways to deal with problems to the table.
My wife Jane and I run Yougawalla Pastoral Company taking in Yougawalla, Bulka, Margaret River Stations and sublease arrangements with Indigenous leases Louisa Downs, Lamboo and Carranya Stations. We also own Mandora Station south of Broome. We have been in the Kimberley for 10 years and I am passionate about the beef industry here and growing its future. I believe that we need strong representation as an industry and have been delighted to see the exceptional growth of the KPCA in recent years. I strongly believe that the industry needs a loud, clear and united voice on issues such as red tape and bureaucratic malaise impeding development opportunities in the region, research and development projects to further our productivity and development of infrastructure projects to support the growth of the industry. These and the myriad of other concerns and day to day issues producers face can be represented well through a strong KPCA and I would like to be able to contribute.
Having grown up on Mandora Station south of Broome, I have always been deeply passionate about the Northern Beef industry. I am currently the owner manager of Yanrey Station, located off the Gulf of Exmouth in the West Pilbara. We also operate backgrounding properties in the south along with a small livestock trucking company. I am an active member of our local community, which has helped in understanding the issues faced by our industry, and also the vision of our regions.
As a pastoralist, I believe there are always ways to improve our processes to achieve the best outcome possible for the livestock, people and land under our care. The KPCA can help champion and showcase innovations and improvements to ensure pastoralists can access this information.
There is a great future ahead for the agricultural industry, and I look for avenues to share this enthusiasm with the next generation of leaders through the KPCA.
Alongside my wife Sophie, I am the owner and managing director of Red Range Stock Supplements in the Kimberley, Western Australia. As a family run business, relationships with the wider community are a priority and is paramount to my philosophy in business. I have been a committee member on the Kununurra Campdraft and Rodeo Association for 10 years now and having been in the pastoral industry for 23 years, I come with a passion for the agriculture sector. I look forward to the future of the Northern pastoral industry and am eager to contribute to the continued development of the KPCA.
I have been in the pastoral industry my whole life and in the Kimberley region for the past 8 years.