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 Podcast

For your listening ease, this podcast is also shared on soundcloud, pod bean and wooshkaa (an Australian podcast platform) and on iTunes Podcast.  We release a new episode fortnightly on a Thursday…  subscribe through your favorite podcast platform to stay updated

Our most recent Episode… Darryl Branthwaite

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PL – EP6: Darryl Branthwaite – Come to me with a Solution not a Problem

You know the saying; “come to me with a solution, not a problem”. You’ve probably heard it a million times and even had it thrown back at you from time to time.

Well, Darryl Branthwaite has turned that notion into an artform. And, what’s more, he is known for reeling in his whole community along the way.

The fishing pun is intentional. But more on that a bit later.

Darryl is the head of the GAPDL – Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited – which is the lead promotional body for the region, located on the Queensland Coast at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.

In a place like Gladstone, and to someone with regional business experience, necessity becomes the mother of RE-invention and innovation. A strong reliance upon the resource, mining and heavy industry sector has seen what, was once a smaller coastal fishing nook, grow into a thriving economy not unfamiliar with the cycles of boom and bust.

Through the economic cycles, big new things and growing pains, there was one constant, Darryl maintains – and that’s the Gladstone region community.

Listen to Project Leap’s Ep 6 to gain an insight into some of Darryl’s projects that have transformed his region or check out the blog for more information






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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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