Nikki grew up on ‘Tooloombilla’, a cattle property in remote Queensland 90kms north of Mitchell. Nikki has a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Operatic Voice, from The Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. She has commenced studying a Master of Speech Pathology at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Her aim is to combine her training as a singer and speech pathologist to provide much needed healthcare in geographically disadvantaged areas. Nikki says “although a career as an opera singer is stimulating, rewarding and fulfilling I have realised that ultimately I would like to be in an industry that would allow me to live in outback Australia and make a significant difference to the people who don’t have access to specialised health services”. The award this year will allow Nikki to extend her training and education to areas of modern technology not previously available to her. Her plans to extend her education and knowledge and in turn assist outback people are to be applauded and in time will no doubt be recognized over a wide area.