Mary is well known for her passion for regional Australia. Twenty-six years ago, with her husband Michael, they established Cambinata Yabbies, the largest yabby establishment in Australia, on their wheat and sheep property at Kukerin, 300 kms south-east of Perth. Since then they have continued to diversify, developing gourmet products, tourism, catering and in 2014 added an eco-friendly village of eight farm cottages, Mary’s Farm Cottages.
In 2012, alarmed by the dramatic loss of 60% of farmers over a decade, Mary began gathering ‘Farming Champions’ to help increase awareness of the importance of family farmers to all Australians and link consumers to the people who grow the food on their plates. Mary has won numerous awards including the inaugural RIRDC Rural Women’s Award and Citizen of the Year for Regional Development. In 2011 she was inducted into the ‘WA Women’s Hall of Fame’. Mary has served on a variety of State and National boards and committees, debated nationally the issue of foreign investment in agricultural land and is currently a Perth Royal Agricultural Society Councillor, Committee member of Wheatbelt Integrity Group and Chairperson of Farming Champions Inc.