BIEDO CEO Kristy Frahm with “spotlight” speaker Tracy Anderson, from Hivesville, and Sarah Aberdein (BIEDO)

March 6, 2019

It’s Queensland Women’s Week, which was a perfect excuse for BIEDO to hold another one of their popular Women in Agriculture (WAgs) days at the weekend.

The WAg initiative was launched in 2017 and is part networking, part empowerment and part information sharing.

On Sunday, about 60 women gathered at Durong Hall to listen to speakers and browse a range of stalls spread around the main room.

Guest speakers were Teresa Staib, from Australian Naturals Online; entertainer Cilla Pershouse, from Blue Gum Farm TV; Women’s Health Nurse Marcia Hunt; Bec Clapperton, from Resource Consulting Services; and “spotlight” speaker Tracy Anderson, from Anderlea Pork at Hivesville.

“We wanted to focus on Burnett Inland women, to showcase them and celebrate them,” BIEDO CEO Kristy Frahm said.

“Everyone has a story to tell.”

Previous WAGs events have been held at Mondure, Eidsvold, Kilkivan, Monto and Biggenden.

A new idea tested at the Durong meeting was a “panel session” where speakers shared thoughts about “investment” and fielded questions from the audience.

Surprisingly, their ideas about investment weren’t about dollars or property.

“Every single one of them talked about investment in family, investment in self and investment in community,” Kristy said.

The panel was made up of four of the earlier speakers plus Jess Bargenquast, from sponsors Northern AgriServices.

Information about the Red Earth Community Foundation’s South Burnett Community Leadership Program was also shared after Kristy realised that at least a dozen of the women in the room were alumni of the program.

The next WAgs day will be held in Mundubbera on October 15.

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Queensland Women’s Week Events

  • Many Threads Sewing Group at Cherbourg is hosting a morning tea at the Ration Shed from 10:30am on Wednesday. All welcome! Bring along a plate to share.
  • South Burnett Regional Council and BIEDO will be hosting a free Women in Regional Economic Development (W.I.R.E.D.) workshop at Dusty Hill at Moffatdale from 9:00am to noon on Thursday. Facilitated by Simone de Haas, the workshop aims to empower women to make business and financial decisions with confidence. Guest speakers will be Sheryl Mills, from Ken Mills Toyota, and Tina Kenyon, from Hidden Gold Homestead. To RSVP, contact BIEDO on 0400-695-456.
  • In Nanango, Ringsfield House will be marking International Women’s Day with a Pancake Breakfast ($18) from 6:30am to 8:30am on Friday, followed by a High Tea ($25) from 10:00am to noon. Phone (07) 4163-3345 to book.
  • Kumbia Kindergarten’s annual International Women’s Day lunch will be held on Friday at Kingaroy Town Hall. More info, phone Jodie on 0408-354-534.
Rachel Munday and Georgie Somerset, from Durong; Steph Denman, Ironpot; and Nicky Ingle, Durong with two of the few males present at the WAG day … Patrick McInnes, 5 weeks, and Zeke Fitzgerald, 6 weeks
Lexi Fitzgerald, Mundubbera; Karen Seiler, Wooroolin; and Kathleen Jiggins, Boondooma
Coral Cowling-Scaife, from Kingaroy, had her Rainbow Design stall full of hand-crafted signs and cutouts
Guest speaker Marcia Hunt, from the Mobile Women’s Health Service, with Proston community nurse Kathy Crane
Proston QCWA ladies provided the tucker … from left, Val Klein, Eileen Vos, Coral Graham, Jean Withers and Wilma Papworth
Michelle Newton, from the Department of Human Services, was providing information about Centrelink supports
About 60 women attended the Women In Agriculture day at Durong Hall


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