Bur­saries for ru­ral women

Central Queensland News - - RURALWEEKLY -

QUEENS­LAND Ru­ral Re­gional and Re­mote Women’s Net­work has an­nounced a num­ber of bur­saries to help ru­ral women at­tend its an­nual con­fer­ence in Emer­ald next week.

Both full and half bur­saries are avail­able for this year’s con­fer­ence for women who would oth­er­wise be un­able to at­tend due to hard­ship or dis­tance.

Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of spon­sors such as QRIDA, St Mar­garet’s School, Aust­safe Su­per, Aur­i­zon, Ken O’Dowd MP, Lach­lan Mil­lar MP, CQUniver­sity and re­cent Ekka High Tea at­ten­dees, the net­work is able to in­vite nom­i­na­tions from women who oth­er­wise would be de­nied this op­por­tu­nity.

The QRRRWN con­fer­ence is noted for its mo­ti­va­tional and in­spi­ra­tional im­pact that leaves a last­ing legacy in ru­ral, re­gional and re­mote Queens­land com­mu­ni­ties.

Pres­i­dent Ali­son Mobbs said she was ex­cited to be an­nounc­ing the con­fer­ence bur­saries for 2017.

“This is one of the as­pects of the con­fer­ence we are par­tic­u­larly proud of. We know that of­ten the women who are un­able to at­tend are the ones who would gain most from the con­fer­ence.

“Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing three days of pos­i­tiv­ity, per­sonal devel­op­ment, in­spi­ra­tion and friend­ship can be just what is needed to get through a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion.”

The brief ap­pli­ca­tion al­lows women to say what is pre­vent­ing them from at­tend­ing the con­fer­ence and/or if any of the fol­low­ing has oc­curred in the past three years: drought, wild­fire, flood, child­care is­sues, dis­tance, fi­nan­cial stress, se­ri­ous health con­di­tions or other is­sues.

To make a bur­sary nom­i­na­tion, re­quest an ap­pli­ca­tion form or have your ques­tions an­swered, email Mar­garet Har­ri­son on con­fer­ence@qrrrwn.org.au. Ap­pli­ca­tions are held in the strictest of con­fi­dence.

QRRRWN started 24 years ago out of the needs and con­cerns of ru­ral women in towns and farms dur­ing a time when the dom­i­nant con­ver­sa­tion in ru­ral Aus­tralia was about tough times.

The con­fer­ence is on from Oc­to­ber 19–20.

❝at­tend Women who are un­able to are the ones who would gain the most from the con­fer­ence.

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