The Project


Project Leap is a podcast born out of two regional doers and entrepreneurs wanting to be advocates and create a voice and platform for rural, regional and remote innovation and entrepreneurship.

Join Regional Doers Tara Jacobsen – Neven and Meredith Papas digging up stories on innovation and growth in the sticks.

These tales about rural, regional and remote innovators and entrepreneurs will inspire you, teach you and open your mind to opportunities and possibilities. Some of the most incredible innovations have come out of the Australian Bush, often out of necessity for off land income or often because the thing that was most needed did not exist.

This podcast and other activities are designed to educate and share with the world some of the incredible talent that exists in the regional areas. It brings to light some of the challenges that exist for communities and business in these regions, and celebrates how these doers are solving problems and making things happen.

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Nearly a quarter of Australian start-up business are founded outside of capital cities, according to a new report from Universities Australia and Startup Muster

The Doers

PL – Ep 1 – ‘Fear is very close to excitement – the only difference is how we perceive them’ –  Deb Rae

In Project Leap’s break out episode, Queensland-based innovator Deb Rae shares her personal and entrepreneureal journey, and in chatting with Tara and Meredith, she explores how defining moments in those two worlds have shaped who she is today and how she came to commit to a positive and constructive mindset in a regional context.

Based in Mackay, Deb’s business and philanthropic achievements are underpinned by her incredible qualifications. But, here, it’s her honesty and raw, no-nonsense truths which will resonate with listeners and have you saving this episode to your ‘favouites’ list.

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“In the regions, people just find a solution and get on with it”

The Voices

Behind Project Leap are two women who had an idea. Sounds pretty familiar doesn’t it?

As we all know though, it’s one thing to have an idea; another altogether to bring that idea to life.

Meredith and Tara have collaborated professionally for the past nine years. Their sons played footy together, their daughters danced together and they have solved many of the world’s problems over bottles of bubbles – although one such bottle, a Gecko Valley Sparkling Mead, will always hold a special place in the pair’s hearts.

Join these two ladies on their journey into the Australian Heartland. The bush, the beach and the backyards are where the Doers, The Entrepreneurs, The Innovators, The solvers of their own and their communities challenges are to be found. We hope these stories will ignite in you a passion to take the leap!

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Project Leap = Digging up dirt from the sticks

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