The Palaszczuk Government is partnering with a rural women’s group to give those doing it tough on the land a chance to recharge and reconnect.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the government would offer $9,000 in bursaries to the Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) who will select lucky recipients to attend their annual conference in Goondiwindi in September.
“We know there’s an ongoing severe drought across 65 per cent of Queensland and the flooding event in the north and northwest has put enormous pressure on many rural families,” Mr Furner said.
“These bursaries will allow rural women facing financial difficulties with the means to attend the QRRRWN conference.
“Provided through my department’s Drought Relief Assistance Scheme, these bursaries will cover their travel and accommodation costs as well as registration fees for the two days of the gathering.”
Mr Furner said the QRRRWN conducted valuable work supporting rural women in times of need.
“They undertake projects to build women’s capacities, strengthen connections between inspiring women and empower networks to enable members to do more for themselves and their communities,” he said.
“I hope the bursary recipients will get a chance at the conference to hear from some thought-provoking and powerful speakers on a wide range of topics.
“More importantly, it’s a chance for these women to rejuvenate, draw support and companionship from each other and be empowered to go back to help their rural communities grow in good times and in bad.”
Queensland AgriFutures rural women’s award winner Natasha Roebig, who will be a keynote speaker at the conference, said the conference was an important opportunity for women in agriculture to connect and inspire growth in the industry.
“Rural women are powerhouses, often delivering complex projects on tight timeframes with limited essential tools available,” Ms Roebig said.
“The drought has been draining on many families across Australia and knowing that there is a strong network such as QRRRWN on hand to listen and help guide us through tough times is valuable.”
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
The Honourable Mark Furner