In­flu­en­tial women

Fo­rum gives ladies tools to change the in­dus­try

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

THE call is out for women across the Bur­nett and be­yond to at­tend the In­flu­en­tial Women Fo­rum in Biggenden on June 24-25.

The fo­rum run by Cather­ine Mar­riott, the 2012 Western Aus­tralian Ru­ral Woman of the Year and 2012 National run­ner-up, aims to give women the knowl­edge and tools to per­son­ally change and lead their ru­ral in­dus­try or com­mu­nity through con­ver­sa­tions that con­nect with ur­ban Aus­tralia.

The fo­rum is be­ing or­gan­ised by Bur­nett Live­stock and Realty’s Stephanie Whitaker.

Mrs Whitaker met Ms Mar­riott at theN­ational Ru­ral­Women’s Con­fer­ence in Can­berra in Fe­bru­ary, and felt in­spired to bring Cather­ine to the Bur­nett.

Mrs Whitaker said Cather­ine’s pre­sen­ta­tion res­onated with her and mo­ti­vated her to learn how she can do more for the ru­ral in­dus­try and how to give in­dus­try a stronger voice.

“It seems thatwe have more pres­sure to­day to an­swer to or­a­gan­i­sa­tions and peo­ple that do not un­der­stand where their food comes from and the care that is taken in pro­duc­ing Aus­tralian food.

“I want to learn how I can con­nect with those peo­ple and be an ad­vo­cate for my in­dus­try in a pos­i­tive­way,” she said.

Ms Mar­riott said the work­shop aimed to cre­ate con­ver­sa­tions that con­nect ur­ban and ru­ral Aus­tralia by build­ing ca­pac­ity, con­fi­dence and skills in women.

The work­shop cov­ers com­mu­ni­ca­tion and en­gage­ment, so­cial me­dia, ad­vo­cacy, self aware­ness and self con­fi­dence.

There is a max­i­mum of 30 par­tic­i­pants so peo­ple should reg­is­ter soon.

A course out­line and regis­tra­tion form is avail­able by call­ing 4127 1277 or from www.bur­net­

Photo: Con­trib­uted

EM­POW­ERED: Cather­ine Mar­riott will run the In­flu­en­tial Women Fo­rum in Biggenden on June 24 and 25.

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