Victorian Rural Women's Network

‘Matchmaker’ Melissa wins 2018 Victorian AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award

Melissa Connors, winner of the Victorian AgriFutures TM Rural Women's Award with fellow finalists

(L-R) Victorian AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award finalist, Jade Miles, with winner Melissa Connors, Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Jaala Pulford MP and finalist Cara Hadzig
Congratulations to Melissa Connors! Melissa won the 2018 Victorian AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award for her program, This Farm Needs A Farmer. The inspired program matches retired […]

Reflections from Kirsten Abernethy, 2017 Victorian AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award winner

2017 Victorian AgriFutures Rural Women's Award winner Kirsten Abernethy on beach under jetty

2017 Victorian AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award winner Kirsten Abernethy
“The award came out of left field and frankly, I was surprised to get it. I’m from the fishing industry which is a bit isolated from the other agricultural industries and a pretty closed shop for women. The award opened new horizons […]

Congratulations to Alana Johnson — newly inducted into Victorian Honour Roll of Women

Alana Johnson

Alana Johnson
Alana Johnson, our VRWN Reference Group Convenor and Australian Rural Women’s Movement pioneer, was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women on International Women’s Day.
The honour was conferred for her lifelong leadership and active involvement in gender equality, rural communities and sustainable agriculture.
She joins the roll with former […]

Step aside Brownlow! Make way for the Institute of Public Administration Australia International Women’s Day gala dinner

Gillian Triggs speaking at the Institute of Public Administration Australia gala dinner

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission presents at the gala dinner
The scale and sophistication of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Victoria’s International Women’s Day gala dinner this year rivalled the notable Brownlow and other red-carpet events. Around 1300 people descended on the […]

Drones: more rural women set to fly high

Fiona Lake presenting at the 2018 Women on Farms Gathering

Photographer and drone pilot Fiona Lake at the 2018 Women on Farms Gathering
Award-winning photographer and drone pilot Fiona Lake delivered a workshop on understanding drone technology and its on-farm applications at the 2018 Women on Farms Gathering.
Fiona highlighted the business opportunities for rural women in drones used for agriculture, as […]

East Gippsland women farmers share business goals and wins

East Gippsland Women in Agriculture group sitting in country landscape

Women from East Gippsland farms discuss business management and share stories at an EGWAN field day: (L-R) Jen Smith, Jenny Robertson, Emma Halafiihi, Jill Filmer, Ashleigh Pendergast, Penny Gray, Veronica Joiner, Rose Maher, Dawn Parker, Tam Adams, Angela Stringer, Amanda Bartkowski, Jill Hill, Terri Evans, Ann Batt with grandson, Jo […]

Young Farmers Bootcamps — lessons learnt

Leisha Morrison and Kate Nelson attending a Young Farmers bootcamp

Young farmers attending a bootcamp: (L-R) Leisha Morrison and Kate Nelson
Young Farmers Bootcamps were delivered in Ouyen, Kaniva and Skipton in February and March to build financial literacy skills among young farmers. Aimed at young farmers or producers new to farming, the two-day programs attracted more than 50 participants and […]

Young Farmers Scholarships to support food and fibre industry futures

Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford, Merryn Byrne and Cathy McGowan at Young Farmers Scholarships launch

(L-R) Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Jaala Pulford, Merryn Byrne, Cathy McGowan
On 7 March 2018, Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford opened the fourth Upskill and Invest — Young Farmers Scholarship Program.
Scholarship applications are invited from young people in agriculture aged 35 or under wanting to upskill and invest in a future […]