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Tongues WAgging At Mondure

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The team from BIEDO ... finance officer Rachael Lehmann, Jules Entwistle, CEO Kristy Frahm and "Banjo" the blue dog mascot

May 3, 2017

A bunch of WAgs – Women in Agriculture, that is – gathered at Mondure Hall on Saturday to chat, listen to speakers and enjoy a healthy lunch.

And having kids was no excuse not to come along to the free day.

Children were kept busy at the back of the hall with games, activities and face-painting organised by Sarita Shaw from Like Home Family Daycare at Murgon.

Guest speakers included Fleur Anderson, from Rural Business Collective, a business whose aim is to support rural and remote communities and foster entrepreneurship.

“It is the age of small towns,” Fleur told

“There are lots of opportunities for small towns to diversify their economies.”

Other guest speakers included Carolyn Stone, from AgForce; small businesswoman Romaine Undery, from Ramesa Nursery in Kingaroy; and Rosyln Rees, from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

Kerry Baldwin, from the Murgon Local Ambulance Committee, promoted CPR awareness as well as the Queensland Ambulance Service’s “Rural Emergency Mapping Information” project.

This project is particularly important for rural areas where the route to a property suggested by a GPS may not actually be the most direct – or quickest – way.

The Murgon LAC has been distributing Rural Emergency Mapping Information (REMI) forms that it suggests all rural property owners or managers fill in.

To bring the day back down to earth, literally, Ann McKenzie from the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) spoke about soil health.

The WAg’s Day attracted about 50 participants.

It was organised by BIEDO and BMRG with assistance from the Federal Government’s National Landcare Program.

WAg’s Days (with different speakers) will also be held in Eidsvold on May 30 and Kilkivan on June 10.

QCWA "Country Kitchen" volunteers prepared a healthy lunch for the WAgs ... from left, Lyn Ramscar, Lois Thurecht, Dawn Coates, Janelle Reeves and Judy Radke

Kay Enkelmann, from co-organisers Burnett Mary Regional Group, and AgForce State vice-president Georgie Somerset

Jason Virtue, from Landlife Education, with AgForce South-East Qld president Carolyn Stone

Cr Ros Heit with guest speaker Fleur Anderson, from the Rural Business Collective

Guest speaker Romaine Undery, from Ramesa Nursery in Kingaroy, talked about her reasons for starting the business and some of the challenges along the way ... such as cattle eating most of her stock!

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