I'm Nick Shady.
Author & Community Advocate

Committed to the commuity of Ballarat and surrounds.

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Nick Shady
Co-Author of
Who Gets the Farm

Who am I?

I grew up on a farm in Skipton and was educated in Ballarat. I have been a resident of Ballarat full time since 2009; I am a semi-retired broad acre grain farmer and business owner. I live in the Central Ward and enjoy the amenities with my son.

I have gained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Federation University, which has enabled me to volunteer in board roles on organisations such as Sports Central Ballarat, and the Beaufort Community Bank.

I am a community volunteer working to promote positive mental health; I have been involved with a project called “The Ripple Effect”, and have previously been a volunteer telephone counsellor.

I am also the co-author of Who Gets the Farm: a practical guide to farm succession planning.  

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More about me

25 Years Business Experience

For the last 25 years,  I have run a broadacre cropping farm. During this time, I have developed a range of people, strategic management, and financial skills.

Mental Health Advocate

I am passionate about mental health in our community. We have one of the higest suicide rates in the country. I am a qualified Telephone Counsellor and was on the Steering Committee for The Ripple Effect project.

A Local that Loves Our Town

We are blessed to live in one the best places in the world (though in winter I definitely miss the sunshine). I am committed to making Ballarat and the region better!


I am not alligned with any organisation or polictical party so I  can speak freely about important issues in our community.

About me…

Let’s Get Personal

Being a Dad

The birth of my son was the best thing that has ever happened to me. My son, Spencer, is eight and he is the most loving person I know. He is mad about beyblades so here we are in hideous matching shirts with some of his newer beys.


I cook a mean schnitzel at home (according to Spencer), but other than that, cooking is not my speciality. I like to eat out when we are able to and Ballarat has some great restaurants and cafes.


While I no longer farm with my brother, I am always there if he needs a hand, and vice-versa. My family live on farms in Skipton and surrounding areas.

Couch Time

Ok, I will admit to having binged watched quite a few shows, especially during Covid.


We have two dogs, Holly the Jack Russell, and Cutie the Border Collie.

Contact Nick

I am committed to listening to the people of Ballarat.
Please feel free to contact me using the form below and I will be sure to get back to you. 

Thank you.
Alternatively, you can call me on 0407 040 236.
You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

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