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…  the next release is 11th September… subscribe through your favourite podcast platform to stay updated

Our most recent Episode… Christine Freebs-Weston



PL – EP5: Christine Weston – Tell your story, build your brand, then take it to the world.

Christine Weston has a knack for seeing the opportunity in adversity.

Whatever the challenge – and whatever the scale – this once high school teacher turned international marketer and innovator has carved for herself a reputation for making things happen in regional and rural communities.

Christine, is a master at creating the proverbial silk purse from the sow’s ear – or at least putting the sow, and other fabulous animals, on bikes for a tourist trail with a difference.

Her home town is Cumnock – a pocket of food bowl production, with wheat, canola and barley as well as Short Horn, Wagu and Angus cattle, Merino sheep and lamb.

It’s about an hour from Orange and, in another direction, an hour from Dubbo.

Listen to Project Leap’s Ep 5 to gain an insight into some of Christines projects that have transformed her home town such as  Animals on Bikes, to Opera in the Woolshed; Rent a Farmhouse for a Dollar, to the Cumnock Show – this is a woman who traverses the world for work but makes it count where it matters: at home.

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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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