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July 21, 2017

Minster for Agriculture Jaala Pulford with farmer Peter Geddes and Young Agriculture Professionals coordinator Hannah Lewis.

The re-established and revitalised Victorian Rural Womens Network is here.

Thanks to the network, which was launched on July 1, thousands of rural and regional women in towns, farms and boardrooms across Victoria now have a new place to connect, share ideas, learn and find out about events and opportunities.

The Rural Womens Network will reduce distance and disconnection for women living in isolated areas through e-newsletters, a networking platform, social media and regular e-updates, and will provide a one-stop shop for information about mentoring, leadership opportunities and inspiring stories, as well as events and ideas.

Victoria’s first female Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford announced the re-establishment of the much loved network in May at the annual Women in Agriculture Forum at Parliament House.

‘‘Rural and regional women from every corner of Victoria asked for the Rural Womens Network to be re-established,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve listened and we’ve delivered, bringing a much-loved institution back to life.

‘‘The Rural Womens Network will help women in our rural areas get more involved in their community, the workforce and in leadership roles.’’

The Victorian Government will provide $1.7million to support the network to promote women’s economic participation, professional development, and wellbeing through information about health and education services.

For more information and to join, visit the website agriculture.vic.gov.au

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