Earlier this month the Rural Women’s Network team drove up country to connect, learn and interact with over 350 women at the 2015 “Gather in the Glen: Women For All Seasons” gathering weekend hosted by Glen Innes.
An inspiring range of speakers who had the audience crying and laughing included Jean Kitson, Mary ‘Effie’ Coustas, Michael Crossland, Dr Donna Quinn and Roger and Gail Fletcher. There were tours, workshops and lots of time to network, dance and enjoy meals prepared by someone else!
The Hon Bronnie Taylor MLC represented Minister Niall Blair to officially open the event and announce $30k funding for next year’s Gathering being hosted by Broken Hill. The theme is ‘Rocks, Rust, Stars & Dust’ and it will be held from 28-29 October 2016 (So make a note in your diary!)
Gatherings are well-established annual events organised by women volunteers from the hosting rural community to provide rural women with support, information, learning opportunities and skills to enable them to better face challenges of living and working in rural, regional and remote areas.
Ms Taylor also launched the 2015 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll which celebrates the unsung female heroes giving hours of free time as volunteers to keep country towns sustainable.
The RWN ran a new session to workshop ideas with gathering participants that could address challenges. The top five challenges identified were:
- access to the Internet and mobile coverage;
- gender equality for women in agriculture;
- access to health services;
- distance/lack of public transport impacting on childcare, employment and time to engage in sport, health, education and community activities; and
- support for families and men through tough times.
This information will be collated and shared with decision-makers and stakeholders.
View the hansard transcript