Opportunities at a glance


Farmer of the year

The search is on for the best farmers from across Australia, those leading the way, who constantly strive to improve their business and are finding success in their efforts. Each week The Weekly Times, theweeklytimes.com.au and DecisionAg and FARM magazines feature great stories of farmers excelling in their field, from industry stalwarts to new players starting their agricultural journey.  Details  

Go Heywire in Canberra

The 20th annual ABC Heywire competition is asking regional Australians aged 16 to 22 to tell their story about life in their part of the world. The 40 winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Canberra for the Heywire Regional Youth Summit. Deadline September 16. Details

Country to Canberra

Country to Canberra’s 2017 Leadership Competition is OPEN. At least 10 young women will win a once-in-a-lifetime ‘Power Trip’ prize to Canberra to meet inspiring politicians and CEOs, attend events, tour Parliament and receive leadership and public speaking training. Winners also score online mentorship sessions and access to our alumni network, & the Top 40 will be published to showcase their talents on a national scale Deadline 8 September. Details 


What an inspiring time was had at the Victorian Regional Community Leadership Programs summit in Geelong this week. The theme was intergenerational leadership and it was wonderful to see so many young women in the crowd. The Rural Women’s Network attended and not only met some wonderful Victorian women but also heard inspiring spakers. Quotes from the event include the need to not ask what will you BE when you grow up, but what you will CREATE. Also, the reminder that leadership and mentoring are NOT a spectator sport. Another speaker also shared how employers are not so much interviewing prospective young employees these days, but being interviewed BY them.  Well done VRCLP and the organisers for a great networking event. @VRCLP

Training – Supporting local farmers with quality, relevant and applied workshops  

Its name may have changed but the service continues for not-for-profit training provider Partners in Ag Inc. Partners in Ag, which was previously known as Partners in Grain (PinG) Victoria/Tasmania, provides a range of training opportunities to the agricultural sector.

“Thriving rural communities need successful agricultural businesses. Farming is increasingly becoming more professional, and relevant opportunities for professional growth are essential, ” chair Robyn Gulline said.  Details  email admin@partnersinag.org.au

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