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23
June
2020

WALPOLE

Wendy Tow – Balingup, Western Australia and Chris Bellanger – Walpole, Western Australia

WALPOLE
Wendy and Chris are great friends. When Wendy saw the NRWC’s shout for contributions for ‘Voices from the Bush’ she knew she wanted to help tell Chris’s experience. Thank you Wendy and Chris for sharing with us the story of Walpole. A little bit about Chris Bellanger I have lived in the Nornalup/Walpole district for 49 years. As a farmer, business person and parent of 3 now adult children, I have been involved in many community groups working my way through Kindy, P & C, sporting organizations and progressing on to tourism, business, Townscape, Resource Centre and community capacity building. In 2000, I became involved in a statewide leadership group that enabled me to up-skill, learn, and network; it was personally life changing. Walpole developed a 10 year visionary plan and almost all of those goals have been achieved . Since 2010 I have developed new interests in overseas charities, while still finding time to volunteer at the community garden, local op-shop and visitor centre. Retirement has given me the freedom to travel solo seasonally in the north west through winter, but there's no place like home amongst the karri trees!
12
June
2020

Living in splendid isolation

Nan Berrett – Clare Valley South Australia

Living in splendid isolation
I am, by nature, an introvert, so the isolation factor affecting all our lives should be my dream landscape – but it wasn’t to start with! I like to choose the terms of my introversion and as I have a home-based business which also takes me travelling around South Australia and beyond, staying in my office and talking to clients and colleagues using technology has been an interesting mental learning curve. It’s amazing how exhausting a video conference is, especially when you are a participant. You always have to be switched on!
12
June
2020

Time for a Strip Show!

By Alwyn Friedersdorff – VIC/NSW Border Area

An extremely full life has left me questioning why I am filling my later years with busyness in the stunningly beautiful bushlands of Tasmania … far away from my family. Just as COVID19 was ramping up to change our lives, I cancelled my involvement in 12 community activities, sold my house and relocated on border shut down day to the NSW/Vic border cities area. Yes! I had initiated my own ‘isolation’ time!
26
May
2020

During COVID-19, I rediscovered pink lipstick

Written by Hilary Matchett – Orange NSW

During COVID-19, I rediscovered pink lipstick

As a young rural woman, you were always taught to work. Work hard, support each other and don’t let down the team. However, when I decided to quit my comfortable corporate job a week before COVID-19, I went against all of those working values and threw in the towel. However, the time in isolation and solitude brought out an immense amount of creativity; probably more than what I thought I had in me and a determination to be like Nike, and just do it.

25
May
2020

You can not see me, but I am still there!

Written by Keli McDonald – North West NSW

You can not see me, but I am still there!

I am one of the lucky ones. Working from home during #stayhome was not the upheaval and disruption many of you have had to deal with. I travel a lot, so I have a laptop and printer at home and a space on the closed-in verandah to work that does not disturb the rest of the household.

My workplace is flexible so since the 9th March I have worked, safely and happily mostly from home.

24
May
2020

The Good Friday

Written by Summer Gwynne

The Good Friday

We wake to another day where time seems to have little place now, where one day rolls into another. Where our existence has been shifted. But the world still turns, and we must turn with it. We wake and ask what to do today. For this Friday, a day without remembrance, without love, without beauty, would be a waste of the gift of time and connection to a world in need of much love.

19
May
2020

Sunday- homemade pizza night. I'll be eating cold pizza lunches until Wednesday.

Written by Helen Roth from The South Burnett QLD

Sunday- homemade pizza night. I'll be eating cold pizza lunches until Wednesday.

Sunday- homemade pizza night. I'll be eating cold pizza lunches until Wednesday. I haven't quite mastered this Pizza for One! It's not sad and not so uncommon. But this is life alone on a farm. For the most part, my ordinary is isolation and has been for quite awhile. But this is isolation in bush grandeur, the sights, the sound and smell of this country is embedded in my soul.

16
May
2020

Barbara Thompson Geraldton, Midwest of Western Australia

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Barbara Thompson Geraldton, Midwest of Western Australia

I am sitting in my makeshift office at home looking out over a large yard bordered by Tuart Gum trees that currently host a very noisy chorus of endangered Carnaby Cockatoos, they have red tail feathers.

14
May
2020

A Family Bonds

Written by Rachel Carew-Hopkins from Wyndham WA

A Family Bonds

I met my three step-children five years ago. My partner and I purchased a new vehicle and drove to Derby to pick them up. We all returned home to Wyndham and I returned to work. 

11
May
2020

My self-isolation gift of A-Z of Tips and Tricks for Mothers of Babies!

Written by Summer Gwynne from Richmond TAS

Awesomeness

Bedtime

Care

Daydream

Exercise

Formula

Grace

Hang in there

Inspiration

Jumping in too soon

Keep Going

Life Lesson

Music

Nesting

Openness

Perspective

Quiet winding down time

Re-assurance

Support another mother

Take short-cuts

Unique step-mothers

Values

WIN

X Factor

Your Journey

Z Wizardry

07
May
2020

Life in Lockdown

Like most other things, is what you choose to make it.

Life in Lockdown

Hello, my name is Tanya Cameron and I represent the Country Women’s Association of Australia, on the NRWC Board.

My home is in northern NSW and I am fortunate to have lived my life on the land, with open space to spare. Never have I appreciated it more. I am also blessed to have all of my family working and living on our farm – including my granddaughter. Being so close does have its pitfalls though – so some days are perhaps a little more blessed than others….

05
May
2020

Antz Pantz

Written by Cheryl Rourke from Wellington Mills WA

Antz Pantz

I have been battling in a war against cotton bush. I am fine with the bushes growing in loose soil but the larger ones growing in clay on the small dam wall are more than a match for me. Toby Dog and I set off on the Kubota at 7am this morning to continue the thankless task. The major problem is that the little dam is the hub of an Ant Town of meat ants. Vicious unrelenting ants in plague proportions. They have built highways all over the back 25 acres.

02
May
2020

Mel Curtis from Warrnambool in Victoria

Mel Curtis from Warrnambool in Victoria

While there is certainly never a good time for a global pandemic – 2020 was definitely not the year to require me to stay at home. Firstly my partner and I were ready to head off on six months of long service leave around the top of Australia. We were looking forward to missing out on a cold Warrnambool winter but now have to unpack the jumpers and beanies again! 

27
April
2020

How is social isolation treating you?

Philippa Rumble, Tenindewa, WA – Farmer and Rural Ambassador

How is social isolation treating you?

Some may snicker at that, as I did a few weeks ago; after all, for those of us who live on rural properties social isolation is more or less a way of life for us! However, if I’m honest I’ve been struggling of late. Life amid this Covid-19 craziness has thrown my carefully regimented and highly organised life out of whack and I’ve had to develop a few new ways of coping to find my new normal and I feel it’s been slow to load- my internet connection has a lot to answer for really.

24
April
2020

Three days at the end of week 3 of a whole new world!

Summer Gywnne: Mother & Business Woman from Richmond Tasmania,

Three days at the end of week 3 of a whole new world!
Wednesday!

Today I ate the chocolate cake, and I am going to blame that one on Carona!

With the outbreak of Corona, my small business' went into recession. I am a Child & Family Health Nurse with 6 children and I live in Richmond Tasmania. Here is a photo of it from when I was walking the other day…

23
April
2020

Will this brave new world we live in allow me to relearn how to smell the roses?

Leonie Noble: NRWC President, represents Women in Seafood Australasia on the NRWC Board and lives in Geraldton, WA

Will this brave new world we live in allow me to relearn how to smell the roses?

I woke up one morning to the realisation that for the first time in a long time I didn’t have to catch a plane or rush out of the house to a meeting or follow up an email, phone or txt message immediately. I actually had time to enjoy my first cup of tea for the day and sit quietly to work out how I was going to run my life working from home.

16
July
2017

Meet Pip Rumble, Mullewa WA

Pip is part of the NRWC Communications Reference Team

Meet Pip Rumble, Mullewa WA

Being a rural woman is about getting down and doing what needs to be done, according to Western Australian Communications Reference Group member Pip Rumble.

As 2012 Western Australian Rural Ambassador, Pip was exposed to experiences and opportunities that showed the potential she had to make a difference.

Now on eight committees (including her children’s school board, Mullewa District Agricultural Society, Mullewa Muster and Rodeo), Pip speaks from the heart when she says how much rural women’s volunteering contributions are valued.

“Get into your community and get your hands dirty, lend a hand with a project or organisation that needs some help,” she says. “Show just what rural, regional and remote Australian women can do.”

Pip grew up in a series of regional and rural towns in the west, daughter of a school principal and a civil engineer. Before she and her husband settled down on a property at Tenindewa, they sought treasure beneath the red dirt as gemstone miners and fossil collectors.

“It was an amazing experience,” she says. “The women I met in those out of the way places showed me the strength and resilience embedded in their very bones.”

Amidst the love and chaos of mothering three children, Pip is studying at university and writing online. 

16
July
2017

Meet Sandra Ireson, Booligal NSW

Sandra is part of NRWC's Communications Reference Team

Meet Sandra Ireson, Booligal NSW

2017 NSW-ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award winner Sandra Ireson runs a beef and sheep operation near Booligal with her husband and their three children.

As co-founder of Hay Inc. Rural Education Program, Sandra worked with a team to build a training model providing the skills, education and experience required for young people to get into agriculture.

Sandra credits her involvement with the inaugural 2011 NRWC Eleaders program for giving her confidence to “have a go” and says it helped to develop her leadership and subsequent education project.

She’s now in the running for the national RiRDC title and plans to use the bursary to develop a model for Hay’s training program that can be used throughout Australia.

“It would be great for other rural communities and industries to run similar programs and realise the benefits we have here,” Sandra says.

The National Rural Women’s Coalition Communication Reference Group member has a wide RRR support network and says she’s fortunate to be surrounded by a fantastic community.

“People young and old are happy to roll up their sleeves, get in and help out at events, embrace tourism and celebrate agriculture. It’s this community which has helped me be part of bringing ideas to life, from 20 years of sheep racing at Booligal to the Hay Inc. Rural Education Program.”

15
July
2017

Meet Jenny Bevis, North Albury, NSW

Jenny is part of NRWC's Communications Reference Team

Meet Jenny Bevis, North Albury, NSW

Australian rural, regional and remote women are in the best position now, more than ever before to connect with influential individuals via social media, according to Albury-based events management professional Jenny Bevis.

As a member of the National Rural Women’s Coalition Communication Reference Group - and someone who regularly communicates with the team via the internet and teleconference - Jenny advises her peers to think beyond her geographical location.

“Take advantage of professional development programs networks around Australia,” she says, “Especially if there is an online component.”

Jenny describes herself as being a fairly ambitious and adventurous character who loves to travel. “I recently just got back from China as part of the China Australia Millennial Project. I’m an insatiably curious person, always throwing myself in experiences to learn a new skill.”

Jenny enjoys working with people, business and the arts - anything that sounds like fun. “Over time I’ve become really good at organising a cast of thousands and herding cats,” she says. “I’m a huge visionary and someone who loves detail and order.”

Within the next five years, Jenny hopes to have done more travel, established a not-for-profit organisation and moved into the consultancy space.

15
July
2017

Meet Jacqui Hawkins, Wodonga VIC

Jacqui is part of the NRWC Communications Reference Team

Meet Jacqui Hawkins, Wodonga VIC

Jacqui is driven by a love for her community. Full of determination and optimism, Jacqui isn't one to shy away from a challenge and riding a 1,000 kilometres on a solo bike ride to raise $10,500 for Albury-Wodonga's local children’s ward is no exception.
Jacqui acknowledges the strong female mentors she’s had in life, Jacqui says events like the National Rural Women’s Coalition country muster are vital to spark new friendships and create networks.

“It’s enriched my understanding of community leadership, that it’s not simply the ability to make a decision but about nurturing others,” she says.
Recently Jacqui launched She KMF (She keeps moving forward) which aims to increase the conversation and profile of females in sport. She’s also passionate about civic engagement and says the youth voice is vital when discussing rural, remote and regional community challenges. 

15
July
2017

Meet Nat Sommerville, Spalding SA

Nat is part of the Communications Reference Team

Meet Nat Sommerville, Spalding SA

South Australian broadacre cropping and livestock farmer Natalie Sommerville encourages rural, regional and remote Australian women to stay connected.

Natalie grew up in Queensland and Northern Territory as one of six girls, learning much about working with other people through her large family and playing team sports.

This dynamic volunteer has a wealth of hands-on rural experience, working for a multinational company as an agronomist prior to farming with her husband. She’s able to tap into her wide network of community and industry groups to bring that bit extra to her role on the National Rural Women’s Coalition Communication Reference Group.

The most important elements of Natalie’s life are family and trying to make the world a better place.

“Being Torres Strait Islander, I’ve encountered racism in many different forms,” she says. “I feel by challenging the views of others around me, I’m doing my small part in helping all generations become more understanding and empathetic.”

Long-term, Natalie’s vision is of a strong resilient farming business, underpinned by an even stronger family that values the land where they live and farm. “If we don’t look after it now, it won’t provide us with a sustainable future.”

12
July
2017

Meet Renee Fiolet, Geelong VIC

NRWC Communications Reference Team

Meet Renee Fiolet, Geelong VIC

NRWC Renee Fiolet

When Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) candidate Renee Fiolet started researching family violence, she had to make international connections to find up-to-date analysis.

Initially Renee found the task daunting but it’s given her confidence to just approach people, even when she fears rejection.

“No matter how little I felt I was in the family violence space, I learnt that researchers from other countries were genuinely interested in hearing from me,” Renee says.

Outside work, the born and bred Geelong girl maximises the opportunities on her regional Victorian doorstep.

“I love that I’m only an hour’s drive from a major city, but live in a quiet place that’s surrounded by land,” she says.

Between living just minutes from the beach, greeting sheep and cows on her morning walk, catching fish, or dining at one of the region’s amazing wineries, Renee considers herself be very lucky. As a busy and devoted working mum, she’s a committed volunteer and passionate about women’s rights.

Within the next five years Renee hopes to have completed her PhD, continue teaching at Deakin University and maintain her research into best practice family violence response.

11
July
2017

Meet Tiani Cook, Alice Springs NT

Tiani is part of the NRWC Communications Reference Team

Meet Tiani Cook, Alice Springs NT

NRWC Tiani Cook

Living on one of Australia’s most remote cattle stations doesn’t stop Tiani Cook from looking out for her community - it’s only made her do more.

From her property 730 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs, Tiani’s role as ICPA’s Northern Territory State President and Publicity Officer is one of her many commitments.

“I’m also the chairperson of the Northern Territory School of Distance Education's school council, Desert Poppies group organiser and currently studying a Diploma of Agribusiness Management,” she says.

Tiani organised the 1000 kilometre Bush Kids Ride from her ‘Suplejack Downs’ home to Darwin, aiming to raise funds for the ICPA and increase awareness about remote learning inequity. It’s an issue close to this mother of four’s heart, with much time over the past 13 years spent teaching her children via Distance Education.

In her role on the NWRC’s Communication Reference Group, Tiani works with other forward-thinking volunteers who represent each state and territory to reach, engage and promote the voices of rural women.

“I’m a passionate country woman,” Tiani says. “I love everything about living and working in outback Australia.”

10
July
2017

Meet Emma Jackson, Weipa Far North Qld

Emma is part of NRWC's Communications Reference Team

Meet Emma Jackson, Weipa Far North Qld

British born Emma Jackson arrived in Australia as a backpacker 15 years ago, before marrying her Cape York grazier husband and becoming a mother of four.

Along with her role as their children’s educator, Emma runs the business side of the family’s Weipa station and volunteers with local community groups.

Her roots as a regional advocate go back to childhood, when Emma was first to put her hand up and last to walk away.

“I was determined, driven and passionate,” she says. “That has never left me.”

Emma believes that nothing is impossible, an attitude that’s seen her travel the world and meet people from all walks of life. She attributes these experiences to her wide perspective, showing that the more places you visit, the more culture you taste and the more you understand the world.

Drawn to the natural attractions of where she lives, Emma acknowledges the fine balance between maintaining both land and people. “To maintain the beauty, we need people, but we need the land to maintain people.”

Long-term, Emma wants to provide opportunities for those who don’t fit into the regular education system and struggle to find their niche.  “My children and husband are my absolute world, but it’s my dream to be able to help and teach others to recognise what this amazing world has to offer.”

15
June
2017

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Kirsty White, NSW

Kirsty White shares her story on sustainable agriculture in the beef industry

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Kirsty White, NSW

Trees For Life                             

by Kirsty White            2016 e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain Program participant

Sharing Stories of Sustainability | Tree Planting for Sustainability

One of the best snippets of advice I received when I started working at Bald Blair, was to “do as many courses as you can before having kids”. I decided to keep up with professional development after having the kids. It can be challenging to juggle everything at times, but I’m giving it my best shot and the rewards have been significant.

10
June
2017

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Karen Dugmore, South Australia

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Karen Dugmore

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Karen Dugmore, South Australia

My project for this e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain Program was to continue work that we had started, improving pastures on the land.  

10
June
2017

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Lauren Peterson, Victoria

Lauren Peterson tells her story of sustainable Primary Industry Production

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Lauren Peterson, Victoria

If someone had of told me that I would one day be a dairy farmer – I wouldn’t have believed you! Neither would any of my friends or family have believed that farming would become such a big part of my life. 

07
June
2017

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Rebecca Lynd, Tasmania

2016 e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain Program participant - Sharing Stories of Sustainability | Rare Breed Beef for the Artisan Market

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Rebecca Lynd, Tasmania

2016 e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain Program participant  - Sharing Stories of Sustainability | Rare Breed Beef for the Artisan Market

09
March
2017

One Brick at a Time

By Aimee Snowden, Tocumwal NSW | 2016 e-Leaders Advocate and Influence Program participant

One Brick at a Time

By Aimee Snowden, Tocumwal NSW | 2016 e-Leaders Advocate and Influence Program participant

In 2014, I created a blog called the Lego® Farmer. The blog features a series of photos using Lego® bricks and characters, photographed undertaking various agricultural activities in rural settings.

01
March
2017

Greener Pastures

By Skye Douglass (2016 e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain participant)

Greener Pastures

It’s hard to believe it now, but I was once a city girl. I was born in Adelaide and grew up in Brisbane. I met my husband, Glenn, through friends and we ended up going to the same university in Toowoomba. In 2000, Glenn and I both did honours degrees and went on to get married five years later. I worked as a research assistant and consultant in Ipswich and Glenn was at home on the family farm. After marrying and with the expected arrival of our first child, I finally bit the bullet and moved to our farm at Neumgna near Kingaroy. We have four children, Maye (11 years), George (9 years), Audrey (7 years) and Isla (3 years). I wouldn’t have things any other way now. It’s amazing how being on the land you feel such a connection and sense of being – about where you live and work. At the very beginning, Glenn and I used to talk about the face that you couldn’t buy much direct from farmers. We are conscious of our food and where it comes from. So it was a natural progression that we ended up developing our farmer-direct business, High Brit Beef The stars didn’t align when we first started this marketing concept and its taken a few years to take off. However, we now have a strong presence on social media and a loyal customer base that is expanding all the time. We are very much a seasonal business and rely on grass production to fatten our cattle. We have found that there is a market segment that is very interested in grass-fed cattle and also knowing how the pastures are cared for and how animals are treated.  We are really proud of what we do and love selling to Queensland customers. My ongoing project for the e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain Program focuses on our goal of improving pasture management record keeping and adjusting our practices accordingly. It was a great help to have the personal one-on-one help from the presenters. We are currently setting up a photo-point monitoring system that was a direct result of what I learnt through the e-Leaders Program. I admit, I did feel overwhelmed at first, about where to start with the project planning – however now I have clear direction. Glenn and I are working on the planning together. We have got grand plans and know that there is plenty of room for growth; we stay motivated by all the great feedback from our customers who want to know all about where their food comes from.

11
February
2017

Albury chosen as the first rural area to launch new children's book 'Brave Danny'

Albury chosen as the first rural area to launch new children's book 'Brave Danny'

Albury chosen as the first rural area to launch new children's book 'Brave Danny'

The National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) is gearing up for its first book launch in rural Australia at the Dymocks Book Store in Albury NSW.   Brave Danny addresses domestic violence in a sensitive way targeting children aged 4-8 in a picture book style concept.  It serves as a tool for educators, teachers and parents to engage young children about the subject. 

The launch details are:

VENUE: Dymocks Book Store

ADDRESS: Shop CO2/04, Myer Centrepoint, 526 Olive St, Albury NSW

DATE: Thursday 16 February 2017

TIME: 5pm-6.30pm

ENQUIRIES: Karen Nankervis NRWC 0407 261 927 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Everyone welcome!

07
December
2016

Meet the NRWC Board of Directors

NRWC announces its new Board of Directors

Meet the NRWC Board of Directors

Following its Annual General Meeting, the National Rural Women’s Coalition is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2016/2017.


22
September
2016

Tarun Richards, Humpty Doo Barramundi

Previous e-Leader, Tarun Richard's story on her involvement with Humpty Doo Barramundi, NT

Tarun Richards, Humpty Doo Barramundi

I never pictured myself as a farmer. I have a business degree in marketing and worked in various Northern Territory Government agencies for over ten years, managing communications, until about five years ago when our third child was born. I was ready for a change, and there was an opportunity for me to become more involved in the farm’s marketing activities, website, and social media.

15
September
2016

e-Leader Social Media _ COMING SOON!

Watch this space - COMING SOON!

e-Leader Social Media _ COMING SOON!

The NRWC is pleased to announce a new e-Leaders Program will soon be offered to rural, regional and remote women. This will be the 11the-Leaders Program that NRWC has delivered since 2011 (to over 200 women). Applications for the 2016 e-Leaders Social Media Program will open on Friday, 7th October at 8am AEST. Please watch this space for the online application form and more program information that will appear on this page.

14
August
2016

Applications close this Friday - E-Leaders Grow, Innovate & Sustain Program

Apply Now

Applications close this Friday - E-Leaders Grow, Innovate & Sustain Program

Would you like to be part of a FREE e-learning program and get assistance to write a management plan for your primary production enterprise and ensure its sustainability?

07
August
2016

King Island Success Story

Ana Pimenta

King Island Success Story

Ana's story started when she came to King Island from Barcelos, Portugal to do work exchange on a local dairy farm.  She expected to stay for just six months. Ana came to King Island and met Tom, who also a shared passion for farming, animals and the environment and they are now happily married with two children.  Their farming enterprise started out with 30 head of cattle and they now run over 1000.

02
August
2016

Another successful NRWC Webinar

E-Leaders Alumnae

Another successful NRWC Webinar

Thanks to Cathie Denehy (WA) for presenting an informative webinar last night for the NRWC E-Leaders Alumnae on Social Media to Engage and Reach.

01
August
2016

2016 E-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain Program

NRWC

2016 E-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain Program

The National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) today launches its 2016 E-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain Program inviting women of all ages living in rural, regional or remote (RRR) areas, who are passionate about sustainable primary industry production, to apply. 

27
July
2016

NRWC Alumnae Webinar

With content management specialist - David Pembroke

Last night our NRWC alumnae webinar was held with content management specialist, David Pembroke.

These webinars form a part of the NRWC E-Leaders programs. Just one of the NRWC initiatives to support and grow rural, regional and remote women.

25
July
2016

Australia's Chloe Hosking has just won the women's Tour de France in Paris

Well done Chloe

Congratulations to Australia's Chloe Hosking who has just won the women's Tour de France in Paris.

24
July
2016

National Farm Safety Week

Assessing stockyard risks video

National Farm Safety Week

The National Farmer's Federation has put together some videos with tips to improve safety at your place.  This video aims at increasing safety in the cattle yards.

21
July
2016

Country to Canberra

Young, Rural & Motivated?

Country to Canberra

Calling all young rural, regional and remote women in grades 10, 11 or 12 at school in 2016.

This is the opportunity of a lifetime!

19
July
2016

Women in Cotton Lunch at the Australian Cotton Conference

Women in Cotton Lunch at the Australian Cotton Conference

Exciting Women in Cotton Industry Networking Luncheon at the upcoming Australian Cotton Conference to be held on 4 August 2016 at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach, Queensland.

Jane Cay, Founder and Director of online fashion retail business, Birdsnest, is the guest speaker. Her booming business is based in Cooma, where she employs 120 locals. Jane is also a board member of Jobs for NSW, a founding member of the National Online Retailers Association and a passionate supporter of The Body Image Movement.

19
June
2016

Winnovation Awards 2016

Elevating South Australia's Innovative Women

Winnovation Awards 2016

Nominations and self-nominations are now open for the South Australian Winnovation Awards 2016.
Do you know an inspiring, innovative women?

Check out the award categories and see if you know someone worthy of a nomination.

09
April
2016

‘Correcting the Council’

by Ellecha Thorp

‘Correcting the Council’

Ellecha Thorp is the Western Australian winner of the 2015 Country to Canberra Essay Competition and is in Year 12 at Cape Naturaliste College in Busselton.  She is passionate about gender equality and could definitely see herself in politics in the future. We invite you to read Ellecha’s Prime Minister’s address to journalists.

20
March
2016

‘Remember ladies, you CAN have it all!’

by Kate Jenkins

‘Remember ladies, you CAN have it all!’

Kate Jenkins is a Year 11 student who was the Victorian winner of the 2015 Country to Canberra Essay Competition and was sponsored by the National Rural Women’s Coalition to visit Canberra late last year.  Kate hails from South Gippsland and loves living in the rural Australia as she never feels crowded, knows everyone and feels part of her community. In this blog, Kate shares her winning essay.

29
February
2016

A Place to Grow

by Jess Fealy

A Place to Grow

Jess Fealy is a recent graduate of the NRWC E-Leaders Program.

Jess says “I’m a farmer, a mum of four kids and I work 2 days a week, time is scarce. I loved the E-Leaders [Program] because it gave me access to learning, networking and like-minded people and fitted in with my busy lifestyle.”

19
February
2016

DIY Business Storytelling for Rural Enterprises

by Lucy Bowler

DIY Business Storytelling for Rural Enterprises

Lucy Bowler is a communications professional based in regional Victoria. With a strong rural background, she loves blue skies, open spaces and rain on a tin roof.

Whenever she meets people, it’s always 20 questions - she can’t help herself, she always likes to know more.

This insatiable curiosity means she likes to get the best from her clients when it comes to Business Storytelling. Lucy raises profiles, creates digital content, systematises communications and seek golden opportunities for revenue raising.

She works with small business, self-employed professionals and not-for-profits who want to take off to the next level.

Here are some tips from Lucy…

31
January
2016

OVARIAN CANCER DEVASTATED MY FAMILY!

by Kerry Vincent

OVARIAN CANCER DEVASTATED MY FAMILY!

Sadly I know more people with cancer than the common cold. This scourge must be contained and eradicated. Can I count on you?

Kerry Vincent - National ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia and television host.

01
October
2015

The Simplicity, Goodness and Joy of Gardening

by Lou Bull

The Simplicity, Goodness and Joy of Gardening

Lou Bull in her garden

I am sitting poised to put fingers to keyboard to share my story.  I am tempted to delay this story telling, maybe convince myself that there is a more pressing job I should do. However, it is the many women and families that I have worked in my various “jobs” that compel me to just do it! In a nut shell, I garden. Gardening and growing has been such a significant aspect of my life that I find it difficult to think of a time when it wasn’t there. 

09
September
2015

Getting Connected

By Danielle Doyle

Getting Connected

NRWC E-Leader Danielle Doyle

Living on a station can be isolating. For Danielle Doyle a trip to town happens infrequently. Danielle lives on Mittiebah Station’, a 1.7 million acre NAPCO cattle breeding property on the Barkly Tableland, 270km north-west of Camooweal.

28
August
2015

2015: My Year of Doing

by Karen Smith

Blogger Karen Smith

Blogger Karen Smith

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!!  Rejoining the workforce after taking time off to have a family, I have come to realise that I had become a little too comfortable in my career, so I was determined to push myself well and truly out of my comfort zone.

21
August
2015

Flower Power

by Alwyn Friedersdorff

Flower Power

Alwyn Friedersdorff with a bunch of 'happiness'.

Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy. But research has also shown that flowers provide us with a simple way to improve emotional health. It has been said that the presence of flowers triggers a strong sense of happiness, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behaviour in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.

Does this mean that I live in the happiest place on earth?!

15
July
2015

A Man’s Best Friend

by Sue Armstrong

A Man’s Best Friend

A Man’s Best Friend
Always together right from the start
Man’s best friend
Lives in our heart

Bradley & Art Patricia Winter 2007

It was Sunday morning and we were sitting in a café in Balmain. We girls were enjoying the sun, chatting, catching up on the week that was, enjoying a latte and he was on the next table. The old line of “can I join you” seemed to work and before you knew it the whole table was alive with laughter.

30
June
2015

A Letter for Life

by Stacey Watson

A Letter for Life

Stacey's Favourite Picture -

John McQuillen ( Stacey’s Dad), Stacey, David Watson (husband) and Denny McQuillen (Mum)

Stacey Watson – Regional Manager Central Queensland, AustSafe Super; 2013 Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women's Network (QRRRWN) Strong Women Leadership Award winner

In her blog Stacey shares with us how a letter from her husband helped her emerge from the grief which had taken over her life after she lost both her parents to cancer.  Stacey writes about how his words helped her develop her ‘recipe for life success’ and encourages us all to do the same.

18
May
2015

Applying for the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award

Taking the Plunge!

Applying for the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award

Blog Author Louise Stock with the Hon Geoff Brock MP, South Australian Minister for Regional Development.

Louise Stock is a rural woman who is based in Lucindale in the Limestone Coast area of South Australia and is mother to 3 children, a partner in a grazing business and has her own consulting business, Focus Facilitation.  She was also a finalist in the 2015 South Australian RIRDC Rural Women’s Award. In her blog, Louise talks about her experiences as an entrant in the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award.

05
May
2015

How ‘That Dress’ and a Crisis Taught Me What is Really Important In Life

A Tale of Fire and Priorities from the Central Wheatbelt of Western Australia

How ‘That Dress’ and a Crisis Taught Me What is Really Important In Life

Blog Author and Rural Woman Jo Fulwood lives near sunny Cunderdin in Western Australia and is passionate about the Australian agricultural industry, improving the lot of women (and their families) in rural areas, her family and her roses.  In this reflective blog, she reflects on how a black silk dress and a threatening out-of-control fire helped her to determine what is really important to her.

13
March
2015

Sue Armstrong - “Core of my Heart, my Country!”

A Tale of Flood, Fire and Drought

Sue Armstrong - “Core of my Heart, my Country!”

Sue Armstrong is a 68 year old grandmother of six. She and her husband Brian farm cattle, sheep and crops in the Central West of NSW and in this blog, she shares her story of floods, fire and drought in rural Australia.

Sue has a background in media, having worked in radio for many years. She is a volunteer Lifeline Counsellor, secretary of her local CWA, secretary of the local Landcare group and Publicity Officer of her local Show Society.

Sue enjoys patchwork & sewing, reading, spinning, weaving, reading and writing.

10
February
2015

Ross Romeo and CORES: About Helping Mates and Eliminating Suicide

"Going along to the CORES session didn’t bring my mate back, nor did it take away the pain of his loss, but it did answer some of my questions"

Ross Romeo and CORES: About Helping Mates and Eliminating Suicide

Ross Romeo is the Queensland Coordinator for Community Response to Eliminating Suicide (CORES), a qualified counsellor and school chaplain.  He lives in the regional centre of Ayr, about an hour south of Townsville in North Queensland. Coming from a farming background, Ross has a unique insight into rural, regional and remote communities and this issues facing them.  In his blog, he shares with us his very personal story about coping with a mate’s suicide and how he became involved in the CORES program.

28
January
2015

Reform of Federation and Rural Health

Rural Health Advocate Irene Mills AM Shares Her Wisdom

Reform of Federation and Rural Health

Reforming the Australian Federation has been put under the spotlight by our Federal Government. But what does “reforming” look like? To answer this, the Government has commissioned a White Paper on the Reform of Federation, which will examine and explore issues associated with getting all levels of government to work together better, across a number of key areas, one of which is health.

It’s hoped the White Paper will clarify the roles and responsibilities of our local, State and Territory governments and possibly identify areas where duplication of services and waste can be reduced, if not eliminated – all while acknowledging the sovereignty of the States and Territories.

Health, of course, is a significant talking point for the White Paper, and an issues paper titled ‘Roles and Responsibilities in Health’  was released in December last year,  providing some key areas for further consideration.

In her blog, long term rural health advocate and NRWC Director from Western Australia, Mrs Irene Mills AM shares her thoughts on some of these and what they might mean for people living in rural and remote Australia.

09
January
2015

Passion………… and The 7 P’s of Political Advocacy

Are you ready to own your authority and step up and let your voice be heard?

Passion………… and The 7 P’s of Political Advocacy

Are you a rural and remote woman who is passionate about making a difference and who knows what you want for you, your community or industry however are not sure what how your voice can be heard by the political decision makers that need to know?  In this blog post, the Program Manager for the National Rural Women’s Coalition, Karen Tully would like to share her top seven tips for personal contact advocacy that can really make a difference.

06
November
2014

Behind the Barr

A Rural Women's Story

Behind the Barr

In 2009 I moved with my three young sons to the Murray River town of Barham on the NSW/VIC border; I wasn’t planning on staying.

It was meant to be a six to twelve month stopover on my way home to Hay but within six months we’d all fallen in love with the town and the community and my remedial massage therapy business was keeping me busy with fulltime work.

14
October
2014

Can you Agvocate and Make the World a Better Place?

World Rural Women's Day 2014

Can you Agvocate and Make the World a Better Place?

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honors the role of rural women on October 15 each year. It recognizes rural women’s importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development worldwide. In this blog article, rural advocate Karen Tully from Charleville, Queensland ponders the question as to how rural women might all be able to make a difference to our little patch of rural and remote Australia that we call home……by using messaging on social media.

09
October
2014

Soul Mama Logs On

NRWC is proud to introduce our latest Blog Spot contributor, Emma Taylor

Soul Mama Logs On

Emma is the founder of Soul Mama, a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/soulmamaroma) dedicated to helping new mums living in rural, regional and remote communities connect with each other, talk through tough issues and help each other get through those challenging times of motherhood.

Emma lives in Roma, QLD with her children and started Soul Mama in May 2013. She has a Diploma in Holistic Counselling and has experience in facilitating groups; she is also an NRWC E-Leader alumni.

It was her experience with the National Rural Women’s Coalition E-Leaders program and her familiarity with the success of the webinar sessions run as part of this experience, which lead Emma to asking the NRWC to help host her webinar series about mental health in rural areas, which wrapped up last month.

In her latest blog, Emma writes from the heart as she tackles to topic of vulnerability, and how we each cope with our own vulnerabilities a little differently. A timely piece as Mental Health Week comes to an end across Australia.

07
October
2014

What is the impact on women in disaster affected areas in Australia?

Community Forum – You are invited!

What is the impact on women in disaster affected areas in Australia?

Are you aware of the impacts of disaster on women?

Have you experienced them?

Do you think government and emergency services and disaster relief agencies are aware of the economic impacts of emergencies and disasters on women?

Hosting the event are two National Women’s Alliances – economic Security4Women (eS4W) and the National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC).

“We are aware of the significant contributions women make to the preparation for and management of emergencies and are also aware of the toll this takes on them. In 2012 eS4W and Justice Equality Rights Access (JERA) International came to South East Queensland, talked to women about the impact of the 2011 floods and reported back to the Australian Government” said Sally Jope of eS4W.

“With our sister alliance, eS4W is now inviting the communities of the Lockyer Valley and surrounds to hear about the actions we have taken based on that earlier research and to make sure our future advocacy reflects the experiences of women who have been affected by disasters”.

“NRWC is already talking to government about improved ways to prepare for and respond to disasters, to more effectively take advantage of the resources women bring to these disaster situations. Both alliances have also sent reports to the Productivity Inquiry into Disaster Funding” said President of the NRWC, Pat Hamilton.  

“We know that women do the greater amount of unpaid care work in the family as well as in the community, and that this increases during and after a disaster. We also know that this crowds out the time women have available for paid work. This is during a time when families in particular need extra cash, when the local economies need their workers and when women could be increasingly engaged in rebuilding and post disaster projects”.

The community event follows on from a roundtable discussion held at Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra in June, 2014. Details of this event can be found in this report. 

06
October
2014

Please Meet Pat Hamilton

New President Takes the Helm at National Rural Women’s Coalition

Please Meet Pat Hamilton

Former Secondary School Principal and sheep farmer from South Australia, Dr. Pat Hamilton has taken over the reins as the President of the National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC), following the organisation’s recent AGM in Canberra.

Dr. Hamilton brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role, and we had a quick catch up with Dr Hamilton to find out more about this inspiring mentor and leader to many rural women and associated organisations.

25
September
2014

Paving a New Career Path in the Bush

Dreams, Droving and Al Mabin Photography

Paving a New Career Path in the Bush

The NRWC is excited to be launching our new blog – a space we can share our stories, photos and videos.  The NRWC team will be aiming to post something new and fresh each month to help keep you informed about events, issues and topics close to our hearts, and hopefully yours.  We want our blog to be enjoyable, informative and relevant so we invite you to send us any topics you’d like to discuss, or even write about yourself.  We want to use this platform to give a voice to women living and working in rural, regional and remote parts of the country.

First up this month, author Alice Mabin shares her exciting adventure on a cattle drove from Winton Queensland to Hay NSW last year and how she has put her experiences into her self-published book.  And while you’re visiting our blog spot, why not check out the NRWC website while you’re here?

18
September
2014

Meet Cathie Denehy

Rural Women and NRWC Social Media E-Leaders Presenter 2014

Meet Cathie Denehy

The National Rural Women’s Coalition is proud to offer the 2014 Social Media E-Leaders Program to rural, remote and regional women.  Applications are currently open for this amazing 9 week course.  The NRWC is honoured to have Cathie Denehy as the presenter of this program. Cathie lives at Albany in Western Australia and loves living regionally as she gets to really connect with the environment and see its beauty every day and because of technology, her geographic location means nothing to running a successful national and international business.

The NRWC team caught up with Cathie and invited her to share a little more about herself.

17
September
2014

Social Media E-Leaders

Social Media E-Leaders

Do you have an idea as to how you might improve your rural community using social media?

25
September
2013

Rural Proofing Australia – We all count!

Rural Proofing Australia – We all count!

The National Rural Women’s Coalition is calling on policy makers across government to ensure that rural people are consulted and that the needs and interests of rural people, communities, primary industries and businesses are properly considered in the development and implementation of all policies.