Victorian Rural Women’s Network gets down to business — Reference Group appointed

 Standing (L-R) Clare Purcell, Ann Young, Haley Remington, Jasmine Glover, Lynette Harris, Felicity Bolitho, Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Jaala Pulford MP, Alana Johnson, Olivia Lineham, Ashley Rogers, Jeanette Severs, Libby Dowling, Cynthia Mahoney. Seated (L-R) Dianne Bowles, Kirsten Abernethy, Alison Marchant, Jessica Purbrick-Herbst


We have an exciting announcement with the recent appointment of 17 talented women to our Reference Group. The Reference Group will build the Network with strong leadership and promote the business, social and community networks of Victoria’s rural women. Appropriately, the group met for the first time on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018.

Congratulations to the following women on their appointments and thank you for your valued contribution:

  • Kirsten Abernethy, Working in the fishing industry, (Port Fairy)
  • Helen Ballentine, Councillor for the Yarriambiack Shire, (Hopetoun)
  • Felicity Bolitho, Team Leader, Golden Plains Shire Council, (Bannockburn)
  • Dianne Bowles, Dairy Producer and Founder Show Some #dairylove, (Mead)
  • Jill Briggs, Leadership Development Expert, (Norong)
  • Libby Dowling, Grain Producer, (Yarrawonga)
  • Linda Duffy, Local Engagement Officer, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, (Castlemaine)
  • Lynette Harris, State President, Country Women’s Association of Victoria, (Colac)
  • Alana Johnson, Council Member Ministerial Council for Women’s Equality, Chair Victorian Women’s Trust, (Benalla)
  • Olivia Lineham, Potato Farmer and Dairy Producer, (Cora Lynn)
  • Alison Marchant, Berry Farmer, (Mount Moriac)
  • Melinda Mazzarella, Rural Customer Manager, Rural Bank, (Swan Hill)
  • Jessica Purbrick-Herbst, Head of Engagement and Communication, Victorian Farmers Federation, (Melbourne)
  • Haley Remington, Manager Strategy and Economics at SED Advisory, (Ballarat)
  • Ashley Rogers, Regional Landcare Facilitator, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, (Wangaratta)
  • Jeanette Severs, Photographer and Agricultural Journalist, (Johnsonville)
  • Ann Young, Deputy Mayor Swan Hill Rural City Council, (Beverford)



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