Victorian Rural Women's Network

Crafting a legacy

Colourful baskets woven from natural materials by Indigenous women

Above: Colourful creations woven by Gunditjmara women
Women have quietly passed on their knowledge and skills to younger people for thousands of years, helping to build confidence and capability.
Sandra Aitken and Aunty Eileen Alberts, Gunditjmara women from south-west Victoria, say their talented elder, Aunty Connie Hart, helped start a community-wide initiative […]

Inspiring the next generation of leaders

Dr Jo Newton receives a leadership award from Ray Ellis, CEO of First National Real Estate

Above: Dr Jo Newton with Ray Ellis, CEO of First National Real Estate
Congratulations to Dr Joanna Newton who has scooped two prestigious leadership awards in recent months. Last month, Jo received a Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Emerging Leader grant including $10,000 towards her career development following a win in […]

Victorian Government initiatives you should know about

Pic of cattle grazing. Planning reforms simplify planning requirements for producers

Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Jaala Pulford announced significant reforms to Victoria’s land-use planning system for animal industries in June. This announcement is the culmination of three years of extensive stakeholder engagement and negotiation.
The reforms introduce new land-use definitions and associated planning controls for animal industries into the Victoria Planning […]

‘Own the yard’ — learning leadership from station life

Melanie Addinsall riding at Amelia Downs station in North Queensland

Above: Melanie Addinsall riding at Amelia Downs station in North Queensland
“If something scares the hell out of you, you should definitely do it,” says Jane Weir, manager of Amelia Downs station in North Queensland.
At only 30 years old, Jane has studied international business, lived in Germany and Canada, and worked […]

What’s On?

Two alpacas at an agricultural show

Above: Alpacas at an agricultural show
Source: Agriculture Victoria
Want to get involved in rural and regional events that inspire and benefit country women? Check out our new-look events listing, ShE update. The list of events is emailed to Victorian Rural Women’s Network subscribers between seasonal newsletters to keep them informed of […]

Date change! AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Awards

Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Jaala Pulford standing with 2018 Victorian Rural Women's Award winner Melissa Connors

L-R: Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Jaala Pulford and 2018 Victorian Rural Women’s Award winner Melissa Connors
Melissa Connors will be flying the flag for Victoria when the winner of the 2018 AgriFutures™ National Rural Women’s Award is announced on 15 October at a gala dinner at Canberra’s Parliament House. In […]

Embracing all women in NAIDOC Week

Above: NAIDOC Week logo
The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week highlights the enormous contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Taking the theme, ‘Because of Her, we can!’, this special week, running from 8 to 15 July, offers the opportunity to voice our support for all Indigenous women who […]