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INSPIRATIONAL: Alice Gorman speaks on the panel at the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network lunch at Gip’s Restaurant in Toowoomba on Monday.
INSPIRATIONAL: Alice Gorman speaks on the panel at the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network lunch at Gip’s Restaurant in Toowoomba on Monday. Kevin Farmer

WITH a pen in hand and a rural view, Annabelle Brayley loves to share the stories of her neighbours, colleagues and crusaders in the agricultural sector.

Recognising her success, Mrs Brayley was named the author of the Queensland Regional, Rural and Remote Women's Network's most inspirational story competition.

She was honoured with a scroll using the words of her story and depicting a kelpie dog, at a panel forum and lunch in Toowoomba on Monday to celebrate the International Day of Rural Women.

The event also saw the launch of the Looking Forward, Looking Back eBook.

Network president Georgie Somerset said the strong turn-out recognised the diverse roles women played in the rural and agricultural sector, in a solid show of support.

"One of the biggest challenges for women in the rural and agricultural sector is having the confidence to take on roles," Mrs Somerset said.

"They support each other and while they often have got a lot of skills and the ability to do it, they lack the confidence."

Mrs Somerset likened the rise of women to the top of the agricultural and rural sector, as well as in business, to needing scaffolding.

"It's about building the support structures around you to give you the confidence to have a go," she said.

Inspirational women Elizabeth Gillam, Elizabeth Lobsey, Alice Gorman and Dr Retha Wiesner formed the event's panel and took questions from ABC Rural reporter Cassie Hough.

Organiser Sarah Fea said the speakers also provided networking and learning opportunities for the 65 members of the audience.

The Looking Forward, Looking Back eBook is available to download from http://www.qrrrwnonline.wildapricot.org.

Looking Forward, Looking Back costs $6.60.

Topics:  author rural women


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