I’m Vanessa Wiltshire from Heathcote, Victoria.

With a background in HR, economic development and comms / journalism, I write for the McIvor Times in Heathcote.

Spark Rural is my ‘passion' project’. Three years ago my husband and I made a ‘tree change’ from Melbourne to Heathcote. In addition to writing for a living, I share information and advice on tree change, job hunting, country living and communications for small business.

I am a passionate advocate of road safety and driver education, especially rural roads. My writing portfolio covers a breadth of general news, investigative and community advocacy pieces.

Topics range from education, health, roads and transport, politics, food, wine and tourism. I’ve been published in Domain (Fairfax) and have worked with Parliament Victoria to produce a community magazine.

If you’ve got a question about living in regional Victoria or wider Australia, please get in touch. I’ll do my best to help.


Vanessa Wiltshire

PO Box 265, Heathcote 3523.