Communications Reference Team (CRT)

The Communications arm of the NRWC is a group of volunteer women representing each state and territory to reach, engage and promote the voice of rural women across Australia.

The group strengthens the links with existing rural women’s organisations, networks, individuals, government departments, industry bodies and rural communities in progressing issues affecting women living or working in rural, remote and regional Australia.

The following women represent NRWC in their respective states and bring to you relative information and resources. Their social media activities encourage RRR women to be more confident and speak more loudly in celebrating the achievements of rural women.

Melanie Curtis

Warrnambool, VICTORIA

Mel Curtis lives in south-west regional Victoria. Mel has worked in media and communication for both the private sector and government and what motivates her each day is using her skills, expertise and passion to support more women to take up leadership positions. She is a fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA), a former committee member of the Victorian Rural Press Club and Leadership Great South Coast, and a current committee member and Media Officer for Business and Professional Women South West Victoria.

She is a strong believer in networking and sharing information, especially for rural, regional and remote audiences who face more barriers than their metropolitan counterparts. Mel sees the CRT as an opportunity for her to help ensure RRR Victorian women know all that is out there to support them – whether it be support, training, education or employment opportunities.

Stephanie Threthewey

Dunorlan, TASMANIA

Stephanie Trethewey is a seasoned broadcast journalist and is now based in rural Tasmania. Stephanie hosts a podcast that shares real, raw, and unbelievable stories of motherhood told by women on the land.

Stephanie is also the co-founder of regenerative beef brand that she runs with her husband which is on a mission to produce truly carbon positive meat.

Bernice Hookey

Deeragun, QLD

Bernice Hookey, mum to 2, proud Waanyi woman is a strong advocate for Aboriginal (Indigenous) women and girls and their families.

Lives in Wulgurukaba/Bindal (Townsville) Nation where her passion in using her skills, cultural expertise and drive to support more Aboriginal (Indigenous) women in leadership and empowerment.

Serves on management committees as a board member for the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Women’s Legal Service; Women’s Centre ; Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Community Advisory Council (ATSICAC) for the Townsville Hospital Health Services and Tardiss (Disability).

Bridget Johns

Alford, SA

Bridget Johns is a professional organiser and grant writer based on a sheep and broadacre cropping farm on the Yorke Peninsula of SA. For the first 16 years of her career in the country, she worked in State Government and regional development roles supporting economic development, wellbeing and engagement initiatives, workforce and skills development, export, and investment projects.

In her professional organising role, Bridget now brings her background in business and community project management and my love of organising together to support women to simplify their lives.

Dr. Sarah Casey

Mountain Creek, QLD

Sarah Casey teaches in the School of Business and Creative Industries at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She holds a PhD about cultural change campaigns and women’s advocacy.

She comes from a fifth generation farming family in Queensland, and she is passionate about sharing stories of people living in RRR communities. Sarah is an executive member of the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association, the national peak body for academic research in these fields.

Philippa Rumble

Mullewa, WA

Philippa Rumble is a mother, university student and educator. She lives in Tenindewa in the Midwest of WA on a broadacre cropping farm with her family. Philippa is passionate about raising the voices of rural, regional and remote women and girls and works continuously for equity and access to education for RRR people in all life phases.

She has spoken with the NRWC's CRT at a UN Commission on the Status of Women (65) parallel event discussing how RRR Australian women overcome communication barriers..

Anita Long

Richmond, TAS

Four years ago Anita founded a not-for-profit organisation, Tasmanian Junior Beekeepers that fosters education to mainly primary school aged children about bees and beekeeping. Driven by her passion as a recreational beekeeper Anita’s encourages others in beekeeping and the importance of bees to ecology and biodiversity. Anita is helping to build strong beekeeping networks by creating the Australian Youth Beekeepers which is connected both nationally and internationally.

In June 2020 Anita was awarded the Churchill Fellowship Scholarship. For her work with bees. Anita is a small business owner and farmer based in Richmond Tasmania where her family live and work on a chemical free regenerative farm.


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