Colin was Canberra Bureau Chief for Fairfax Agricultural/Rural Media for eight years (2010 to 2018). In this capacity he produced breaking news, feature articles, opinion and analysis, multi-media and digital photographs for publication in weekly newspapers for the Fairfax/Rural Media Group and online news articles. This work covered core issues concerning the rural and farming sectors relating to federal politics, legislation, farm production and agricultural economics, including trade and policy advocacy. He has a strong understanding of the water sector, drought and farm sector. More recently, Colin was a senior media advisor to Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack (2018 to 2019).