Photos from the QRRRWN high tea
TWENTY three years ago the Queensland Rural, Remote and Regional Women's Network (QRRRWN) was formed.
Founded by Jan Darlington, the aim was to help grow the credibility and legitimacy of all rural, regional and remote women.
This year’s QRRRWN Ekka High Tea was held at Brisbane City Hall where women enjoyed afternoon tea and wine to celebrate rural and regional resilience, diversity and richness.
This year’s theme was Fibre to Fashion and saw guest speakers Julie Brown, Kerrie Richards and Pam Greet talk about their business ventures and success.
Julie Brown shared her experience of Coola Cozzies, a business which grew out of a period of drought on her station at Ilfracombe.
Kerrie Richards, principal of Merino Country, which produces 100% Australian made and grown Merino wool fabric, clothing and underwear, and now supplies internationally, talked of her struggle to continue the business when times got tough.
Pam Greet talked about her social fashion experiment “50 Things 2016”, which attracted international interest.
All funds raised from the high tea were dedicated to the QRRRWN bursaries, which provide rural women with the opportunity and funds to attend the annual QRRWN conference in Emerald from October 19–21.
Karrie House and Jo Capp from Toowoomba and Fiona Spooner from Brisbane.
Julie Brown from Ilfracombe and Sarah Grayson from Charleville.
Sandra Hobbs from Emerald and Susie MacKinnon from Morven.
Aliesha Christensen and Alicia Aldridge.
Jane Milburn from Brisbane, owner of Merino Country Kerrie Richards and Jodie Meigan.
Jade Houser from Brisbane and Rachel Pearce from the Hope Project.
Lynne Foley and Sandra Baxendell.