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About nswrwn

NSW Rural Women’s Network is a government program working in innovative ways to promote leadership and action on rural women’s issues. The RWN team is dedicated to connecting and exchanging information with women and stakeholders in rural, regional and remote communities.

The burden of drought amazingly discovers my real purpose in life

by Karen Weller, Winton New South Wales What devastation we have experienced statewide in this current drought! It is hard to even comprehend how widespread this particular drought has been to primary producers this year. It is tiring us out … Continue reading

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Feedback is not a dirty word

by Janine Garner, Connected Leadership As featured in the 2018 Country Web Annual. Strategising, planning, managing cash flow; these are all practical essentials of leadership. Do them well, and you will be a good leader. But to be a great and … Continue reading

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Rural Resilience Program

by Karen Sowter, Scone DPI Rural Support Worker, Hunter As featured in the 2018 Country Web Annual. I would describe myself as creative, curious, passionate and determined. Living in rural Australia my heart lies in agritourism and agri-education—through opening farm gates … Continue reading

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Write your story

by Kasia Gospos, Leaders in Heels As featured in the 2018 Country Web Annual. Stories are powerful. They can change our lives. They can change the world. Storytelling is an art that everyone can master. You may not realise that … Continue reading

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Men’s matters: Supporting men in distress

We have somehow grown up with the idea that men are an open book, and can be easily understood. Yet just as men generally acknowledge that women can sometimes be hard to understand, increasingly women, out of genuine concern for the males in their life, want to know more about what makes men tick and how to help when they are in distress. This recent column by Dr John Ashfield talks about what makes men tick and how we as women can better help the men in our lives whey they are in distress. Continue reading

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Six women from the Upper Hunter join the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll

Hidden Treasures is an annual initiative of the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network which recognises the outstanding efforts of women volunteers in NSW and promotes the valuable role of volunteering to the community.  This week we pay tribute to six … Continue reading

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parenting: depression proof your kids

by Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist As featured in the 2018 Country Web Annual. About 20 per cent of people experience depression at some time in their lives. Unfortunately once someone has experienced depression, they are at far greater risk of feeling … Continue reading

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Meet Cooma’s 2018 Hidden Treasure – Jasmin Statham-Smith

Hidden Treasures is an annual initiative of the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network which recognises the outstanding efforts of women volunteers in NSW and promotes the valuable role of volunteering to the community.  Each week, this blog will pay tribute … Continue reading

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Asking farmers difficult questions earns respect, if not friends

by Ted O’Kane, Goulburn As featured in the 2018 Country Web annual Fearlessly asking the hard questions that no-one else wants asked—or answered—has not always made her popular but it is likely that brutal honesty is the key to Lyn Sykes’ … Continue reading

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Active Farmers

by Ginny Stevens, Mangoplah As featured in the 2018 Country Web Annual. 2018 NSW-ACT AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award finalist, Ginny Stevens, lives on the family farm at Mangoplah, in the Riverina, with her husband Andy, their 12-month-old twins Henry and Isabella, … Continue reading

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