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Résumé

Barbara Winters

Little Big River founder

I love a challenge and enjoy the ever-evolving dynamics of working with communities and using online media — and good old-fashioned networking! — to support good causes, creative ideas or great businesses. I speak several languages and have successfully fulfilled a great variety of roles on 3 continents.

I am a self-starter and can work independently, but love the buzz and energy we can get from team work. That's when the real magic happens! 

In previous paid and unpaid roles I have proven to be a resourceful go-getter, a quick problem solver and great networker who can make big waves with small community groups (and small budgets!). It's from this success that Little Big River sprung and I am excited to dive in to create more ripples.

Whether you hire me as Grant or Content Writer, Editor, Community Developer or Communications Consultant, I will tailor my services to your needs and deliver on time and within budget.

Find a summary of my CV below and a more details on my LinkedIn profile.

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Ancient Greek wisdom:
The whole is something besides the 
sum of its parts ~ Aristotle

Skills
& Expertise

  • Research, writing & editing (Internet & TV Journalism/ Travel Writing/Project Proposal and Grant Writing)

  • Networking and Community Engagement

  • Community Development

  • Project Management, including Risk Management and Procurement

  • Community Facebook Pages Admin

  • Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Mass Communications incl. Online Marketing (SEM and SEO) and PR

  • Basic IT skills for web design

  • Basic photography skills

  • Fluent in Dutch and English

  • Current Taxi Driver's Licence

Courses
& Training

  • 2023 Bushfires: Response, Relief, and Resilience (online)

  • 2022 Chainsaw Basics & Farm Fencing - Ashby

  • 2022 Psychological First Aid - Maclean

  • 2022 Community Development (ABCD method)  - Maclean

  • 2022 Communicating in Recovery - Yamba

  • 2021 Red Cross Recovery Basics - Grafton

  • 2019 First Aid & CPR - Ashby

  • 2020 TAFE Bush Regeneration Basics (online)

  • 2011 Web Development Basics - Brisbane

  • 2009 Digital Photography - Perth

  • 2001 - 2004 Spanish (intermediate)  Guatemala & Peru

Education

1998

Bachelor of Journalism Degree

Windesheim, Zwolle (NL)

1992

Mass Communications Diploma

MEAO de Factoor, Zwolle (NL)

Local
Experience

2023 - present

2018 - 2020

DVA Chauffeur (Freelance) |
Yamba & Maclean Taxis

Driving war veterans and war widows to medical appointments in the Northern Rivers and Southeast Queensland.

2023 Apr.- Oct

Campaign co-Coordinator (volunteer) | The Clarence says Yes

Running the Facebook page and creating multiple face-to-face opportunities and big events for locals to learn more about the Voice to Parliament proposal and the Uluru Statement from the Heart written by First Nations people.

2020 - 2023

Deputy Chairperson (volunteer)  | Ashby Hall Reserve CLM

Community Development, Communications, Event Planning, Project Planning, Nature Trail development, Grant Writing and more...

Award Nominations:

2022 Crown Land Managers Excellence

2023 Clarence Valley Citizen of the Year

2020 - 2022

Resilience Project Officer  |   
CWA Maclean & Clarence Valley Council

Global Experience

2003 - 2023

Communications & Project Management (volunteer) for Stichting Wees Kind
the Netherlands & Peru

Community Development, Communications, Event Planning, Project Planning and Organisation, Volunteer & Language program development, Fundraising, and more...

2004 - 2020

Digital Content Writer
freelance, casual and permanent part-time for:
Expedia (USA) & Wotif (NZ/AU) via Tourism Media (AU), Escape Travel (AU), KRO Piazza (NL), De Persgroup (NL)

  • Travel blogging

  • Script writing (Youtube Travel Guides)

  • Travel guide article writing & editing

  • Training new travel guide writers

  • News websites (online journalism)

  • Survey development

  • AI Content database development

  • Press Releases

2011- 2012

SEO Content Creator & Marketing Assistant for 
Adreno and Magik New Media
Brisbane 
Australia

Writing fresh and attractive SEO copy for various e-Commerce and small business websites and social media pages. 

2008- 2009

Research Manager
Resource Information Unit
Perth, Australia

 

  • Updating Australia's leading Mining Resources database on a daily basis by researching the latest industry and company information from annual reports.

  • Overseeing the team and production process of the Register of Australian Mining (book, CD and online database), the Register of African Mining (book and CD), and the Register of Indo-Pacific Mining (book and CD).

1997- 2006

TV & Internet Journalist 
Amsterdam Television & KRO public broadcaster
the Netherlands

 

  • 2006 Researcher, Interviewer and Web Editor for ‘KRO Mothers and Daughters’, a 'human interest' summer program

  • 2001 - 2003 Developing the first online Whistleblowers platform of the Netherlands for the investigative journalism program KRO Reporter

  • 2004 - 2005 Travel blogging for the KRO Piazza website while overseas

  • 1997 - 2000 ​Researching, reporting and video editing for AT5's daily news and current affairs programs

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