Influencing rural women
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.