Rural women prepare for conference

QRRRWN president Alison Mobbs.
QRRRWN president Alison Mobbs.

WOMEN from across Queensland are heading to the Maranoa region for the 23rd Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network State Conference.

The conference will run from October 6-8 in Roma, with the theme Cultivating Confident Women.

A diverse volunteer group of Maranoa women have created an outstanding program for attendees and are delighted to bring the opportunity to the region.

Committee member Brigid Price is excited to be part of the team bringing the conference to Roma.

"By showcasing the Maranoa region and bringing inspirational speakers and diverse workshop presenters to Roma, QRRRWN is presenting the local community with an amazing opportunity,” she said.

"We want to encourage as many women as possible to invest in themselves. QRRRWN was developed to build the networks and the capacity of all rural, regional and remote women and this conference does exactly that.

"Importantly, this means that everyone is most welcome to attend - not just QRRRWN members, but anyone with an interest in self-development, business ideas, community resilience and leadership or even connecting with positive people and meeting someone new.”

There are full conference packages and single day admission tickets available. Bursaries are also being offered to subsidise the cost of attendance for women from the Maranoa region and also women from across Queensland who are drought affected. Applications can be made via the QRRRWN website.

Maranoa Regional Council Mayor Tyson Golder shared his excitement that this year's conference was to be hosted in Roma.

"With the Maranoa home to a great number of individuals passionate about the rural way of life, I am delighted that QRRRWN has selected Roma as this year's conference location,” he said.

"I encourage delegates to stay a little longer and enjoy some of the unique experiences and activities we have to offer and wish all of those organising the event, the very best of luck with their planning.”

Given the hit to the local economy in recent years due to the drought and the impact of the industry withdrawals from the region, the committee are determined to bring a positive spotlight to the local towns and also an economic boost for the three days of the conference.

QRRRWN president Alison Mobbs explained a different location was chosen each year to help with reducing the geographical barriers that impact on time away and travel costs.

"Roma is a hub for many in the Maranoa and will showcase the region wonderfully,” she said.

"Our events are open to all women, the benefit of the QRRRWN name means that we are able to attract a high calibre of speakers, workshop presenters and trade displays.

"Now more than ever it is important to celebrate the role of women in rural, regional and remote Australia.”

QRRRWN is a 99 per cent volunteer run and not-for-profit organisation with a 22-year history of capacity building and raising the profile of rural regional and remote women.

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