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16
July
2017

Meet Pip Rumble, Mullewa WA

Pip is part of the NRWC Communications Reference Team

Meet Pip Rumble, Mullewa WA

Being a rural woman is about getting down and doing what needs to be done, according to Western Australian Communications Reference Group member Pip Rumble.

As 2012 Western Australian Rural Ambassador, Pip was exposed to experiences and opportunities that showed the potential she had to make a difference.

Now on eight committees (including her children’s school board, Mullewa District Agricultural Society, Mullewa Muster and Rodeo), Pip speaks from the heart when she says how much rural women’s volunteering contributions are valued.

“Get into your community and get your hands dirty, lend a hand with a project or organisation that needs some help,” she says. “Show just what rural, regional and remote Australian women can do.”

Pip grew up in a series of regional and rural towns in the west, daughter of a school principal and a civil engineer. Before she and her husband settled down on a property at Tenindewa, they sought treasure beneath the red dirt as gemstone miners and fossil collectors.

“It was an amazing experience,” she says. “The women I met in those out of the way places showed me the strength and resilience embedded in their very bones.”

Amidst the love and chaos of mothering three children, Pip is studying at university and writing online. 

16
July
2017

Meet Sandra Ireson, Booligal NSW

Sandra is part of NRWC's Communications Reference Team

Meet Sandra Ireson, Booligal NSW

2017 NSW-ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award winner Sandra Ireson runs a beef and sheep operation near Booligal with her husband and their three children.

As co-founder of Hay Inc. Rural Education Program, Sandra worked with a team to build a training model providing the skills, education and experience required for young people to get into agriculture.

Sandra credits her involvement with the inaugural 2011 NRWC Eleaders program for giving her confidence to “have a go” and says it helped to develop her leadership and subsequent education project.

She’s now in the running for the national RiRDC title and plans to use the bursary to develop a model for Hay’s training program that can be used throughout Australia.

“It would be great for other rural communities and industries to run similar programs and realise the benefits we have here,” Sandra says.

The National Rural Women’s Coalition Communication Reference Group member has a wide RRR support network and says she’s fortunate to be surrounded by a fantastic community.

“People young and old are happy to roll up their sleeves, get in and help out at events, embrace tourism and celebrate agriculture. It’s this community which has helped me be part of bringing ideas to life, from 20 years of sheep racing at Booligal to the Hay Inc. Rural Education Program.”

15
July
2017

Meet Jenny Bevis, North Albury, NSW

Jenny is part of NRWC's Communications Reference Team

Meet Jenny Bevis, North Albury, NSW

Australian rural, regional and remote women are in the best position now, more than ever before to connect with influential individuals via social media, according to Albury-based events management professional Jenny Bevis.

As a member of the National Rural Women’s Coalition Communication Reference Group - and someone who regularly communicates with the team via the internet and teleconference - Jenny advises her peers to think beyond her geographical location.

“Take advantage of professional development programs networks around Australia,” she says, “Especially if there is an online component.”

Jenny describes herself as being a fairly ambitious and adventurous character who loves to travel. “I recently just got back from China as part of the China Australia Millennial Project. I’m an insatiably curious person, always throwing myself in experiences to learn a new skill.”

Jenny enjoys working with people, business and the arts - anything that sounds like fun. “Over time I’ve become really good at organising a cast of thousands and herding cats,” she says. “I’m a huge visionary and someone who loves detail and order.”

Within the next five years, Jenny hopes to have done more travel, established a not-for-profit organisation and moved into the consultancy space.

15
July
2017

Meet Jacqui Hawkins, Wodonga VIC

Jacqui is part of the NRWC Communications Reference Team

Meet Jacqui Hawkins, Wodonga VIC

Jacqui is driven by a love for her community. Full of determination and optimism, Jacqui isn't one to shy away from a challenge and riding a 1,000 kilometres on a solo bike ride to raise $10,500 for Albury-Wodonga's local children’s ward is no exception.
Jacqui acknowledges the strong female mentors she’s had in life, Jacqui says events like the National Rural Women’s Coalition country muster are vital to spark new friendships and create networks.

“It’s enriched my understanding of community leadership, that it’s not simply the ability to make a decision but about nurturing others,” she says.
Recently Jacqui launched She KMF (She keeps moving forward) which aims to increase the conversation and profile of females in sport. She’s also passionate about civic engagement and says the youth voice is vital when discussing rural, remote and regional community challenges. 

15
July
2017

Meet Nat Sommerville, Spalding SA

Nat is part of the Communications Reference Team

Meet Nat Sommerville, Spalding SA

South Australian broadacre cropping and livestock farmer Natalie Sommerville encourages rural, regional and remote Australian women to stay connected.

Natalie grew up in Queensland and Northern Territory as one of six girls, learning much about working with other people through her large family and playing team sports.

This dynamic volunteer has a wealth of hands-on rural experience, working for a multinational company as an agronomist prior to farming with her husband. She’s able to tap into her wide network of community and industry groups to bring that bit extra to her role on the National Rural Women’s Coalition Communication Reference Group.

The most important elements of Natalie’s life are family and trying to make the world a better place.

“Being Torres Strait Islander, I’ve encountered racism in many different forms,” she says. “I feel by challenging the views of others around me, I’m doing my small part in helping all generations become more understanding and empathetic.”

Long-term, Natalie’s vision is of a strong resilient farming business, underpinned by an even stronger family that values the land where they live and farm. “If we don’t look after it now, it won’t provide us with a sustainable future.”

12
July
2017

Meet Renee Fiolet, Geelong VIC

NRWC Communications Reference Team

Meet Renee Fiolet, Geelong VIC

NRWC Renee Fiolet

When Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) candidate Renee Fiolet started researching family violence, she had to make international connections to find up-to-date analysis.

Initially Renee found the task daunting but it’s given her confidence to just approach people, even when she fears rejection.

“No matter how little I felt I was in the family violence space, I learnt that researchers from other countries were genuinely interested in hearing from me,” Renee says.

Outside work, the born and bred Geelong girl maximises the opportunities on her regional Victorian doorstep.

“I love that I’m only an hour’s drive from a major city, but live in a quiet place that’s surrounded by land,” she says.

Between living just minutes from the beach, greeting sheep and cows on her morning walk, catching fish, or dining at one of the region’s amazing wineries, Renee considers herself be very lucky. As a busy and devoted working mum, she’s a committed volunteer and passionate about women’s rights.

Within the next five years Renee hopes to have completed her PhD, continue teaching at Deakin University and maintain her research into best practice family violence response.

11
July
2017

Meet Tiani Cook, Alice Springs NT

Tiani is part of the NRWC Communications Reference Team

Meet Tiani Cook, Alice Springs NT

NRWC Tiani Cook

Living on one of Australia’s most remote cattle stations doesn’t stop Tiani Cook from looking out for her community - it’s only made her do more.

From her property 730 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs, Tiani’s role as ICPA’s Northern Territory State President and Publicity Officer is one of her many commitments.

“I’m also the chairperson of the Northern Territory School of Distance Education's school council, Desert Poppies group organiser and currently studying a Diploma of Agribusiness Management,” she says.

Tiani organised the 1000 kilometre Bush Kids Ride from her ‘Suplejack Downs’ home to Darwin, aiming to raise funds for the ICPA and increase awareness about remote learning inequity. It’s an issue close to this mother of four’s heart, with much time over the past 13 years spent teaching her children via Distance Education.

In her role on the NWRC’s Communication Reference Group, Tiani works with other forward-thinking volunteers who represent each state and territory to reach, engage and promote the voices of rural women.

“I’m a passionate country woman,” Tiani says. “I love everything about living and working in outback Australia.”

10
July
2017

Meet Emma Jackson, Weipa Far North Qld

Emma is part of NRWC's Communications Reference Team

Meet Emma Jackson, Weipa Far North Qld

British born Emma Jackson arrived in Australia as a backpacker 15 years ago, before marrying her Cape York grazier husband and becoming a mother of four.

Along with her role as their children’s educator, Emma runs the business side of the family’s Weipa station and volunteers with local community groups.

Her roots as a regional advocate go back to childhood, when Emma was first to put her hand up and last to walk away.

“I was determined, driven and passionate,” she says. “That has never left me.”

Emma believes that nothing is impossible, an attitude that’s seen her travel the world and meet people from all walks of life. She attributes these experiences to her wide perspective, showing that the more places you visit, the more culture you taste and the more you understand the world.

Drawn to the natural attractions of where she lives, Emma acknowledges the fine balance between maintaining both land and people. “To maintain the beauty, we need people, but we need the land to maintain people.”

Long-term, Emma wants to provide opportunities for those who don’t fit into the regular education system and struggle to find their niche.  “My children and husband are my absolute world, but it’s my dream to be able to help and teach others to recognise what this amazing world has to offer.”

15
June
2017

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Kirsty White, NSW

Kirsty White shares her story on sustainable agriculture in the beef industry

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Kirsty White, NSW

Trees For Life                             

by Kirsty White            2016 e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain Program participant

Sharing Stories of Sustainability | Tree Planting for Sustainability

One of the best snippets of advice I received when I started working at Bald Blair, was to “do as many courses as you can before having kids”. I decided to keep up with professional development after having the kids. It can be challenging to juggle everything at times, but I’m giving it my best shot and the rewards have been significant.

10
June
2017

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Karen Dugmore, South Australia

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Karen Dugmore

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Karen Dugmore, South Australia

My project for this e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain Program was to continue work that we had started, improving pastures on the land.  

10
June
2017

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Lauren Peterson, Victoria

Lauren Peterson tells her story of sustainable Primary Industry Production

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Lauren Peterson, Victoria

If someone had of told me that I would one day be a dairy farmer – I wouldn’t have believed you! Neither would any of my friends or family have believed that farming would become such a big part of my life. 

07
June
2017

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Rebecca Lynd, Tasmania

2016 e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain Program participant - Sharing Stories of Sustainability | Rare Breed Beef for the Artisan Market

Sharing Stories of Sustainability with Rebecca Lynd, Tasmania

2016 e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain Program participant  - Sharing Stories of Sustainability | Rare Breed Beef for the Artisan Market

09
March
2017

One Brick at a Time

By Aimee Snowden, Tocumwal NSW | 2016 e-Leaders Advocate and Influence Program participant

One Brick at a Time

By Aimee Snowden, Tocumwal NSW | 2016 e-Leaders Advocate and Influence Program participant

In 2014, I created a blog called the Lego® Farmer. The blog features a series of photos using Lego® bricks and characters, photographed undertaking various agricultural activities in rural settings.

01
March
2017

Greener Pastures

By Skye Douglass (2016 e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain participant)

Greener Pastures

It’s hard to believe it now, but I was once a city girl. I was born in Adelaide and grew up in Brisbane. I met my husband, Glenn, through friends and we ended up going to the same university in Toowoomba. In 2000, Glenn and I both did honours degrees and went on to get married five years later. I worked as a research assistant and consultant in Ipswich and Glenn was at home on the family farm. After marrying and with the expected arrival of our first child, I finally bit the bullet and moved to our farm at Neumgna near Kingaroy. We have four children, Maye (11 years), George (9 years), Audrey (7 years) and Isla (3 years). I wouldn’t have things any other way now. It’s amazing how being on the land you feel such a connection and sense of being – about where you live and work. At the very beginning, Glenn and I used to talk about the face that you couldn’t buy much direct from farmers. We are conscious of our food and where it comes from. So it was a natural progression that we ended up developing our farmer-direct business, High Brit Beef The stars didn’t align when we first started this marketing concept and its taken a few years to take off. However, we now have a strong presence on social media and a loyal customer base that is expanding all the time. We are very much a seasonal business and rely on grass production to fatten our cattle. We have found that there is a market segment that is very interested in grass-fed cattle and also knowing how the pastures are cared for and how animals are treated.  We are really proud of what we do and love selling to Queensland customers. My ongoing project for the e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain Program focuses on our goal of improving pasture management record keeping and adjusting our practices accordingly. It was a great help to have the personal one-on-one help from the presenters. We are currently setting up a photo-point monitoring system that was a direct result of what I learnt through the e-Leaders Program. I admit, I did feel overwhelmed at first, about where to start with the project planning – however now I have clear direction. Glenn and I are working on the planning together. We have got grand plans and know that there is plenty of room for growth; we stay motivated by all the great feedback from our customers who want to know all about where their food comes from.

11
February
2017

Albury chosen as the first rural area to launch new children's book 'Brave Danny'

Albury chosen as the first rural area to launch new children's book 'Brave Danny'

Albury chosen as the first rural area to launch new children's book 'Brave Danny'

The National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) is gearing up for its first book launch in rural Australia at the Dymocks Book Store in Albury NSW.   Brave Danny addresses domestic violence in a sensitive way targeting children aged 4-8 in a picture book style concept.  It serves as a tool for educators, teachers and parents to engage young children about the subject. 

The launch details are:

VENUE: Dymocks Book Store

ADDRESS: Shop CO2/04, Myer Centrepoint, 526 Olive St, Albury NSW

DATE: Thursday 16 February 2017

TIME: 5pm-6.30pm

ENQUIRIES: Karen Nankervis NRWC 0407 261 927 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Everyone welcome!

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