Victorian Rural Women's Network

Register now: Rural Women’s Forum

Invitation to register for Rural Women's Forum - two women walking in field

Above: Invitation to register for the Victorian Rural Women’s Network’s Rural Women’s Forum
Exciting times! You can now register for our first ever two-day Rural Women’s Forum which is FREE to attend. The celebratory forum, which includes captivating keynote speakers and a gala dinner, kicks off at RACV Goldfields Resort, Creswick […]

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 […]

Self-care — one day at a time

Sallie Jones holding the Gippsland Jersey calendar

Above: Sallie Jones and the Gippsland Jersey calendar
When Sallie Jones’ father took his own life during the dairy crisis two years ago, it was a devastating and defining moment. She had two choices: to let grief consume her or channel it into something positive. Sallie has campaigned ever since to […]

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 […]