Inaugural forum to connect rural women this August

The inaugural two-day Victorian Rural Women’s Forum gets underway in Creswick next month, giving rural and regional women the chance to make new connections and take home top tips on business strategy.

Be quick: this free event will fill up fast so register your interest today

The jam-packed schedule includes workshops in leadership, wellbeing, social media and financial literacy, opportunities for networking and mentoring, plus a gala dinner.

Keynote speaker: Sallie Jones of Gippsland Jersey

Keynote speakers for the event are siblings Henry and Anna Terry, truffle farmers of My Kitchen Rules fame, and Victorian mental health care advocate, Sallie Jones.

Sallie Jones holding the Gippsland Jersey Calender

Sallie, a co-owner of Warragul fair milk company, Gippsland Jersey, was raised on a dairy farm Lakes Entrance. When her father took his life around the same time as Victoria’s 2016 dairy crisis, Sallie made it her mission to help stamp out the stigma that often surrounds mental health issues. She created a calendar combining the mental health journeys of 12 Gippsland farmers with local health services information, which was then delivered free of charge to 1400 local farms.

Sallie will share her story of disconnection, and as anybody living in a rural or regional area can attest, disconnection is a very real issue. Coupled with drought, bushfires, shortage of workers and/or plummeting prices, it can create a ‘perfect storm’ where mental health may be compromised.

Hear how Sallie credits her ability to deal with her father’s death to the support she received from local women, and how that support demonstrated the capacity for rural communities to band together so well in turbulent times. “When dad died, this village of women were there for me, brought me meals, looked after my three children who were all under eight at the time, and cleaned my house: they were amazing,” she says.

About the Victorian Rural Women’s Network

Logo: Victorian Rural Women's NetworkThe Victorian Rural Women’s Network reduces disconnection for women living in isolated areas. Sponsored by the Victorian Government, there are more than 900 members who connect via a website, social media channels and a regular e-newsletter.

It is also a one-stop shop for mentoring, professional development, events, grants, scholarships and links to other useful services. It aims to encourage women to have a more active voice in government and community decision-making.


Register to attend the free, inaugural Victorian Women’s Network Forum on 2-3 August at Creswick, just north of Ballarat.