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Women in Ag meet Sussan Ley MP at Jerilderie
26 Feb 2016

What an honour to be able to facilitate a wonderful group of ambassadors for organising and engaging support for Women in Ag in the Murray Region. 

Spirits were high amongst the group of inspired women who met Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley at Jumptree Studio’s in Jerilderie on Friday 26 February, despite Minister Anne Ruston’s unforeseeable absence due to personal reasons.


The women met to share stories of success in the region which have created a greater sense of connection and a supportive environment for women in agriculture to flourish.


In attendance was a diverse array of women who each had their own positive story to tell.


One of these women is Aimee Snowden, state finalist in the 2016 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award. She is no stranger to looking at creative ways to engage people. She developed the Lego Farmer Series, now known as Little Brick Pastoral, to better engage the public with a positive farming message by using educational based Lego.


“The day was a fantastic opportunity to meet with passionate women in our region to discuss how we can build support to community based groups to deliver sustainable agricultural outcomes” said Aimee.


Aimee’s story was not the only positive story to tell. Helene Mortlock of Jumptree Studios is bridging the gap between country and city through social media and her some 400 friends. While Hayley Purbrick is aiming to enable connection between local women with the launch of new women’s group ‘The Riverina Collective’, formerly known as women in water.


“We were thrilled to be able to get so many creative minds in one room” said Edwina Hayes, Murray Regional Landcare Facilitator.


“Women are so important to the success of the agricultural industry. Today highlighted the importance of ensuring funding makes it to the grassroots to better engage women in the industry by using the resources of community associations such as Landcare.


To be able to discuss ways we can better support women in agriculture with Minister Ley was a great opportunity. Although the meet was informal I felt the group effectively showcased why women in our region are worth investing in,” Edwina said.


Ms Ley said, “It has been fantastic to hear and share ideas centred on ways to support and build the skills and confidence of country women so that they might take a leading role in farming systems and agribusiness.”


The group will now focus their energies on delivering local events and planning for their rescheduled meeting with Minister Ruston in March. The focus will be to convey a positive agricultural story and a need for resources to better engage women in the sector to deliver on sustainable and natural resource management outcomes.


For more information contact Edwina Hayes, Murray Regional Landcare Facilitator,

Phone 0427 267 753.


Photo Attached: (Back from Left) Aimee Snowden, Hayley Purbrick, Stephanie Chappell, Sussan Ley MP, Edwina Hayes, Rachel Kelly, Anna Jewell and Phoebe Gulliver. (Front Row from Left) Andrea Mitchell, Emily Ford, Leah Garnett, Jane Middlebrook, Ruth Kydd and Helene Mortlock. Photo by Jenny Howard.



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