Rural women gather, empower

Women from across the region and beyond gathered in Eugowra on Friday to celebrate International Women’s Day and talk about health, wellbeing and work-life balance.

The event, hosted by local accounting bookkeeping and business advisory firm MBC, was the second of its kind and women came from as far away as Gilgandra and Brewarrina to be part of it. 

Keynote speaker Airlie Trescowthick, founder and managing director of The Farm Table, spoke about the challenges and opportunities of rural entrepreneurship. 

Connectivity opens up many options for people in all areas, Ms Trescowthick said, but it does come with its challenges.

Ms Trescowthick farms at Deniliquin with her husband and founded The Farm Table, an online national platform that brings together industry knowledge and connects farmers.

She shared eight key learnings from her experience, learnings she felt everyone could use in all aspects of life.

She said Friday was a good opportunity for women to gather and empower each other, give each other confidence to make a change if needed. 

“The vision for today is that we all can create the lives and careers we want in rural areas,” she said.

MBC Operations and Support Manager Kate Schofield said the event was again hugely successful.

“Airlie’s passion and dedication lit the energy in the room which flowed throughout the day as presenters brought together fundamental information in relation to key pressure points for women in our region,” she said.

“The day was both motivating and practical featuring some of the most extraordinary women in the region and the industry highlighting issues such as entrepreneurship, work-life balance, financial fitness, relationships, success, mental and physical fitness.

“The day was a great opportunity for women to get together and take home some great ideas to implement in their work and personal lives.”

Speakers included Dr Josephine Braid, Alex Hicks from Extraordinary Pork, Kim Broomby from Active Farmers Network and MBC Director Ben Wright.

Active Farmers launched in Eugowra on Saturday and Ms Broomby spoke about the connection between physical and mental health.

“When you are functioning well physically … your business decisions are more clear,” she said.