In Your Corner: The White’s story
For Don and Kelly White, entering the cattle farming business was inevitable: “I can’t remember it not [ever] being cattle”, Don said. “He’s been chasing cows since he was 15”, adds Kelly.
The couple run Bridge Creek Station, situated outside of Adelaide River in the NT. Don is originally from a dairy farming background in Victoria, while Kelly is from the area.
Their operation relies on the couple’s farming partnership. Don looks after the hands-on work on farm, whilst Kelly keeps the business ticking over completing the finances and paperwork.
Don and Kelly built their business from scratch almost 18 years ago. “We spent some time turning it into a working cattle station”. Kelly was pregnant with their first child Jack at the time, and it was also during this period that the couple first met Ali, Principal at Elders’ Katherine Real Estate office.
It was a sliding doors moment that would help underpin the business’s success – their relationship with Elders mostly boiled down to the fact that they feel trust in the business and in Ali.
The Whites and Ali now consider themselves an extension of their family. They’re strongly tied together within the community-minded environment of the NT – regularly fishing and camping together along with Ali’s husband.
“Community and our family, they are one in the same. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them”, says Kelly.
Ali’s community ties strengthen the Whites’ trust in Elders. Despite the challenges that farming can bring – “there’s always a few bumps along the way” – Don and Kelly know that Ali is always in their corner.
For Don and Kelly, their biggest achievement is the fact that they “always do what [they say they’d] do”. Ali’s support and guidance over the years has contributed to the integrity of Don and Kelly’s business positioning it for success now, and in the future.
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