Pho­tos from the QRRRWN high tea

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

PHO­TOS: ZHANAE CON­WAY-DODD

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.

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