Topic: women

A fresh challenge

Emma Germano, President of the Victorian Farmers Federation's Horticulture Group in field

Above: Emma Germano, Victorian Farmers Federation’s Group Horticulture and Industrial Association President. Photo: Jeanette Severs
Emma Germano was recently elected President of the Victorian Farmers Federation’s Industrial Association and is President of its Horticulture Group. She shares her thoughts on what makes a good leader.
“For me, leadership is the ability to […]

Apply now for 2019 Victorian AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award

Seven finalists of the 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award

Above: AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award State/Territory Winners L-R, Allison Clark (TAS), Linda Blackwood (NT), Darrylin Gordon (WA), Melissa Connors (VIC), Jillian Kilby (NSW/ACT), Krista Watkins (QLD – National Winner) and Alex Thomas (SA). Photographer: Jackie Cooper, Jack of Hearts Studio
Congratulations to Queensland banana farmer Krista Watkins who scooped the 2018 […]

Minister’s foreword – July 2018 newsletter

Portrait shot of Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Jaala Pulford

Above: Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, the Hon. Jaala Pulford MP
Welcome to the first birthday e-newsletter from the Victorian Rural Women’s Network. It’s an exciting milestone for the much-loved network, which was re-established last year thanks to the Victorian Government’s $1.7 million investment.
The network has had a busy year […]

Celebrating the women behind the network

Beryl Taylor holding large turkey

Above: Beryl Taylor on a turkey farm tour, part of Glenormiston Women on Farms Gathering, 1994. Source: Museums Victoria 
Anna Lottkowitz and Jenni Mitchell were appointed by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs to initiate the Rural Women’s Network in 1986. They were supported by a diverse group of women, including […]

What rural women want: then and now

Portrait headshots of Colleen Condliffe, Caroline Hogg and Audrey Dreschler

L-R Colleen Condliffe (Source: Jeanette Severs), Caroline Hogg (Source: Museums Victoria), and Audrey Dreschler (Source: Jeanette Severs)
Five key trailblazers of the Rural Women’s Movement share their thoughts on what rural women wanted 32 years ago and what they want today.
Caroline Hogg, former Australian Labor Party MP and supporter of the […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]