Young Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Advocacy Panel (YRRRAP)

The National Rural Women’s Coalition’s Young Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Advocacy panel (YRRRAP) is a volunteer group of women with members from each State and Territory between the ages of 18 and 30.

The YRRRAP work on projects that are important to RRR young Australian women and provide grassroot advice on emerging RRR issues to the NRWC Secretariate and Board. Meeting monthly the group provides young women’s perspectives to the work and advocacy of the National Rural Women’s Coalition and supports communications and advocacy initiatives.

The YRRRAP is provided with leadership opportunities through the work of the NRWC. This is a dynamic group and suits women with a strong commitment to thriving rural, regional and remote communities.

Natalie Eckert


Natalie grew up in inner-city Melbourne but has since moved to rural Victoria. Natalie has a degree in Agriculture and is currently employed as an agronomist. Natalie is passionate about and involved in her local community including volunteering as secretary for the local football club and teaching swimming to children.

Laura Rutherford


Laura was born in Red Dog country but has since moved to QLD. Laura is a young adult living, working, and studying with ADHD. This doesn’t stop Laura for putting time and her energy into the RRR communities. Her passion is to inspire more women to gain confidence, and this can be seen in her dance teaching. Laura is an advocate for young people living in rural communities and the issues RRR communities face.

Caroline Merriman


Carolina Merriman is a sheep and cattle farmer located near Yass, NSW. Carolina was the first female elected to be the Chair of Yass District Branch NSW Farmers Association, all whilst being a single mum to her daughter. Carolina is passionate about advocating for women and children’s safety in rural and agricultural areas. Carolina hopes to inspire many more women to take part in the challenges and adventures in rural communities.

Louise Hobbs


Louise Hobbs grew up on her family farm North of Kaniva, western Victoria. After completing university Louise joined with Teach for Australia, who aims to achieve educational equity across the country by placing qualified teachers in schools with staffing shortages. Louise returned to her hometown of Kaniva, where she currently teaching Agriculture and Business at the local high school.

Jessica Ryan


Jessica was born and bred on a farm in southeast NSW near Harden. For as long as she can remember she has always helped her father with harvesting or stock work on their family farm. Jessica is currently studying Agribusiness at University and on her days off from Uni she heads home to help on the farm. Jessica is passionate about helping other young girls wanting to develop their careers in agriculture in rural, regional, and remote communities across Australia.

Ashleigh Reynolds


Ashleigh has spent her entire life in Tasmania and is passionate about her beautiful State, and the RRR communities. Supporting people to be the best version of themselves is where her passion lies, and this is evident through her work that is aimed at building healthy and resilient communities.

Sara Makeham


Sara Makeham was born and raised in country NSW, in 2020 after completing her degree in Criminal Justice, Sara moved to WA. Sara is currently working as a domestic violence caseworker which allows her to focus on her two passions in life - rural, remote and regional communities and women's safety.

Nicola DiBona


Nicola was born and raised in the Hastings region, NSW. She is currently a distance student at Macquarie University and aims to pursue a career in government policy. A love of RRR communities lies at the heart of Nicola’s passions for empowering RRR women, increasing RRR access to essential services, and encouraging youth engagement with agriculture and AgShows. Nicola volunteers with a range of groups, including ASC of NSW Next Generation and the Wauchope CWA, and aspires to continue her advocacy for women and youth across the regions.

Dayna Duncan


Born and raised on the Eyre Peninsula South Australia, Dayna moved to Sydney to study medicine at UNSW. She undertook most of her placements at Albury Wodonga Rural Clinical School, and now works as a junior doctor at Alice Springs Hospital, Mparntwe. Dayna is passionate about health equity in rural and remote areas, and will commence training as a Rural Generalist in 2023.

Simone-Maree Hyde


Simone is an Army Veteran and Human Resources professional based in Riverina NSW. Passionate about helping others to succeed, she fosters the career development and employment prospects of RRR women through her business; Simone Maree Consulting. She is also currently employed by Destination NSW, studying a Graduate Certificate in Policy & Governance, and is a member of the Institute of Community Directors (ICDA), Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) and Veteran Community Business Chamber (VCBC).


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