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Applications open for 2015–16 drought concessional loans in NSW

Drought-affected farmers in New South Wales can now apply for a Drought Concessional Loan or a Drought Recovery Concessional Loan, with applications opening today for the 2015–16 round of both schemes.

For more information on the range of Australian Government assistance for farmers, farm businesses and rural communities, visit the website.


New Doors Open with Online Learning

Women living in rural, regional and remote areas of the Northern Territory are invited to apply to take part in the FRRR Growing Northern Women Leaders (NT) webinar program. This E-Leaders program has been developed especially for Northern Territory rural women by the National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC).  The eight week program is conducted in a virtual classroom learning environment where participants can access the sessions from the convenience of their own homes.


2015 Indigenous Leadership Conference

Healthy kids smart kids


Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 September

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Nuffield National Farming Conference, Albury

Thursday 17th & Friday 18th September

The Nuffield National Farming Conference is the major event on the Nuffield calendar, enabling 350 scholars, investors and industry stakeholders an opportunity to network.

 It will be held in Albury, NSW on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th September.

It includes presentations from 24 returning scholars, who will present the findings of their scholarship study, having each travelled overseas for 16 weeks to study the latest advances in agricultural production and technology. Some presentations include:

  • ‘The potential of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)  for the grains industry’
  • ‘Innovative ways of managing natural resources to create highly profitable grazing businesses’
  • ‘Innovative ways of improving crop germination and yield in a drying climate’
  • ‘Utilising innovative management techniques to reduce water logging in high value cropping’

Check out the latest NRWC blog

Check out the latest NRWC blog

Another year rolled around, and I took stock and realised, I really need to start doing stuff.  All the stuff I dreamed about doing in my life, with my family and with my career.  So I proclaim 2015 as the ‘Year of Doing’ even though I am a habitual observer!!

Check out the latest NRWC blog and read how Western Australian rural woman Karen Smith turned 2015 into her ‘Year of Doing’ and is discovering it is becoming a year of many firsts as she puts herself out of her comfort zone.

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Rural Women…………..Why Not Have Your Say on Agricultural Innovation?

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry is conducting an inquiry into agricultural innovation. The inquiry has been referred by the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP.

Submissions should be uploaded via the inquiry website before 25 September 2015. Guidelines on making a submission—including details about parliamentary privilege and requests for confidentiality—are available online.

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Small Steps to Rural and Remote Communities

Would you like to help fund an initiative in NSW?  Small Steps to Rural and Remote Communities is a free educational program for  teachers and parents that aims to raise awareness of anxiety disorders in children and to better educate and inform parents and teachers of early signs in children, where to get help, and how to manage anxiety disorders.

We want all children to be able to finish school and not be held back by an anxiety disorder which can be easily treated and maintained by early intervention and we need your help to bring Small Steps to Rural and Remote Communities.

Our Seminars are FREE to Primary Schools within NSW but we would like funding to expand the program throughout NSW, particularly rural and remote areas.

We’d greatly appreciate it if you would help us to bring Small Steps to all schools in NSW through the OzCroud Website



RURAL women are encouraged to invest some time in themselves, be inspired by keynote speakers and network with other women at the 2015 NSW Rural Women’s Gathering to be held at Glen Innes on 9 to 11 October this year.

The  program is full of inspiration with educational and informative tours and activities that include visiting one of the world’s most respected paddock to plate beef enterprises as well as local gardens.

Guest speakers include Mary ‘Effie’ Coustas, Jean Kittson, Georgina Dent and locals Gail and Roger Fletcher.

The weekend will feature a Gala Dinner with local produce and the entertainer Grant Newsome who will share highlights of his international musical and dance career.

To register please go to the website or for more information on ‘Gather in the Glen’ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0429 345 255 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0429 779 755.


Festival of THE Rural Woman

Run just like a face-to-face festival BUT completely online with speakers including Jane Cay of rurally based online retail giant Birdsnest, author and Station Manager Keelan Mailman, Sarah McCaig of the Bale Out Ball and Author and healing activist Margaret Bridgeford who will be sharing their voices as keystones to a stunningly diverse line up of rural women speakers, artists, entrepreneurs, healers, activists, farmers, community advocates, social change makers, creatives, practitioners, innovators and producers!

Even if you have crappy internet (which we know many of you have) you can join in the Festival fun - on the phone. For the cost of a local call you can connect with these inspiring rural voices and feel like they are in the room with you.

34 Presenters: Global Audience: All Rural Women: 12th - 15th October 2015 Culminating on International Rural Women's Day.

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Don't miss the Seafood Industry's biggest event

1 new international speaker.
Final program with 52 presentations.

It is with much excitement that the Seafood Directions Conference Organising Committee unveils the 2015 Conference Program.

The programming team has finalised a schedule of engaging, thought-provoking speakers, all excited to share their knowledge and experience with you. The final program features 52 presentations with abstracts.

Don't miss the Seafood Industry's biggest event.

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Western Australia Domestic Violence Workshop

A workshop for those working with people who are experiencing domestic violence.


Deadline extended for The Australian Innovation Challenge

The deadline for entry in The Australian Innovation Challenge, honouring excellence in fields from minerals and energy to environmental science and community services, has been extended until September 7.

Now is your chance to showcase your bright idea by entering the awards, which are run by The Australian in association with Shell with the support of the federal Department of Industry and Science.

The awards recognise innovation purely for the public good as well as breakthroughs with a direct commercial focus.  Entries close at 2359 AEST Monday, September 7, 2015.

For entry details visit the website.


Annual General Meeting of the National Rural Women’s Coalition


The Annual General Meeting of the National Rural Women’s Coalition will be held on Friday 18th September at 1.30 pm at the Airport Motel and Convention Centre at 33 Ardlie Street, ATTWOOD.  


  1. To receive and consider the Board of Directors Annual Report and financial statements for the year ended 30th June 2015.
  2. To receive and consider the Auditors Report for the year ended 30th June 2015.
  3. To elect the executive Committee.
  4. To consider the appointment of Auditors.
  5. To confirm NRWC Place of Business & the Registered Office.
  6. To transact any other business that may be brought forward in conformity with the Constitution.

To approve changes to the constitution.


"Redefining the Future of Regional Australia"

Join some of Australia’s most influential and engaging industry regional leaders from Councils, Government Agencies, Academia and Business to examine the proposition "Redefining the Future of Regional Australia".

The Conference is being held in Albury from the 26th to the 28th of August 2015.

For further information on the program or to register please visit the website.


Power of a Woman Conference

Power of a Woman Conference as registrations close on Sunday 2 August 15.

Why not participate in a unique day of rich conversations with women on personal and professional themes that will inspire, enlighten and empower?

To register, please visit the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women website.

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