In­flu­enc­ing ru­ral women

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The role women play in the ru­ral sec­tor and ru­ral and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties will be cel­e­brated as part of the 10th an­nual El­ders Rive­rina Sheep Expo next Fri­day, Au­gust 17.

New to this year’s sched­ule is a Re­gional Women with In­flu­ence panel at the Pep­pin Her­itage Cen­tre from 10.30am.

It will co­in­cide with the tra­di­tional Sheep Expo ac­tiv­i­ties on the rear lawn of the visi­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tre, which in­cludes sheep judg­ing, stud and trade dis­plays, blade shear­ing and a wool fash­ion show.

The panel will in­clude Rob­bie Sefton from Seftons, Airlie Trescowthick from Farm Ta­ble and Ka­t­rina My­ers from Barham Avo­ca­dos who was also re­cently ap­pointed to the Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin Au­thor­ity’s Basin Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee.

Event or­gan­iser and lo­cal tourism of­fi­cer Jane Frazer said she hopes the event en­cour­ages young lo­cal girls to stay in the ru­ral com­mu­nity.

‘‘It should hope­fully give young girls in­spi­ra­tion that they can still achieve so much and re­main in the coun­try and ru­ral ar­eas,’’ she said.

‘‘All three ladies will speak of their ex­pe­ri­ences and how they’ve thrived in ru­ral Aus­tralia.

‘‘We usu­ally have crafts in the build­ing dur­ing the sheep expo, but de­cided to have the panel.

‘‘It works in well with the expo as it brings in an­other group of peo­ple to the event.

‘‘We’ll also have jam and cream scones with cof­fee and tea avail­able.’’

Mrs My­ers is a fourth-gen­er­a­tion farmer and co-owner of Barham Avo­ca­dos. Her 800 hectare fam­ily farm is lo­cated 10km out­side of Barham near the Mur­ray River.

With her hus­band Tim she has es­tab­lished a well known brand of avo­ca­dos and a suc­cess­ful on­line store that sees avo­ca­dos sent di­rectly to homes across eastern Aus­tralia.

Mrs My­ers is also a co-founder of the Koon­drook-Barham Farm­ers’ Mar­ket and pro­ducer-col­lec­tive Red Gum Food Group, and a found­ing mem­ber of the Young Coun­try Net­work­ers group which aims to con­nect and de­velop the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers in the Wakool re­gion.

As a busi­ness leader, men­tor and farmer, Ms Sefton’s clear vi­sion is for ru­ral and re­gional Aus­tralia to be a vi­brant, pros­per­ous and dy­namic place for peo­ple to cre­ate and work in re­ward­ing ca­reers.

The for­mer lo­cal is a wool, meat and grain farmer and also the man­ag­ing direc­tor of Seftons, a na­tional ru­ral, re­gional and agribusi­ness strate­gic mar­ket­ing com­pany based in Tamworth.

Ms Sefton’s achieve­ments in­clude be­ing named a West­pac Aus­tralian Fi­nan­cial Re­view Woman of In­flu­ence, Agri­fu­tures Aus­tralia NSW Ru­ral Woman of the Year and is a grad­u­ate of the Aus­tralian Ru­ral Lead­er­ship Pro­gram which she was also a board mem­ber of the Foun­da­tion for six years.

Miss Trescowthick is the founder and man­ag­ing direc­tor of the Farm Ta­ble and Farmer Ex­change, an on­line ecosys­tem that aims to re­duce com­plex­ity on­line and con­nect Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture in a new and in­no­va­tive way.

The Farmer Ex­change was re­cently named a Top Ten Fi­nal­ist in the Re­gional Aus­tralia In­sti­tute’s Light­bulb Mo­ments com­pe­ti­tion.

Be­fore turn­ing her at­ten­tion full-time to the Farm Ta­ble, Miss Trescowthick was a busi­ness an­a­lyst with Par­away Pas­toral Co and pre­vi­ously worked full-time on her fam­ily’s prop­erty in Holbrook, NSW.

She also has a Mas­ters in Food and Re­source Eco­nom­ics from the Uni­ver­sity of British Columbia, Canada.

Miss Trescowthick was re­cently a mem­ber of the In­dus­try Ad­vi­sory Group for the Farm Co­op­er­a­tives and Col­lab­o­ra­tion Pi­lot Pro­gram. She was named a 2016 ‘To­mor­row Maker’ by the AMP Foun­da­tion, a 2015 RAS NSW Ru­ral Young Achiever and 2015 Wool­worths Agribusi­ness Scholar.

The Re­gional Women with In­flu­ence fo­rum is a free to at­tend, but book­ings are re­quired as seat­ing is lim­ited. Go to https:/ /www.eventbrite.com.au/e/re­gion­al­women-with-in­flu­ence-tick­ets-48824774214 or or call 5898 3120.

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