Vanessa Wiltshire, Founder and Director at Spark Rural. Photo taken at Moyston (Gariwerd), Victoria.

Vanessa Wiltshire, Founder and Director at Spark Rural. Photo taken at Moyston (Gariwerd), Victoria.

Why

Gidday,

I’m Vanessa Wiltshire from Heathcote, Victoria.

Growing up in Melbourne’s inner east, I was fortunate enough to live on the better part of an acre, with animals and a tree house. There was also a large playground over the fence that my sister and I could access any time. I loved At the time, I didn’t realise how unusual this was. As I grew, the city grew. And so did my dislike of urban living.

And so, in 2016, my husband, red heeler and I made the leap from city to country. It wasn’t all smooth sailing, but two years later, I’m proud to call us ‘local’.

With a background in communications and regional economic development, I work with businesses, communities and government to strengthen relationships and build the profiles of small country towns, businesses and communities. You could say that it’s a cross between between marketing and community engagement. It’s work that I love, and results in people being able to take ownership of change and see things in new and positive ways. And ultimately being able to empower themselves to create wonderful places to live and work.

You can get in touch:

e: Vanessa@sparkrural.com.au

Visit: 95A High Street Heathcote [we’re co-located with Todd Property]
Write: PO Box 265, Heathcote 3523