2018 Rural Women’s Gathering
Live, Laugh and Farm
18-20th May in the Latrobe Area
The first Women on Farms Gathering was held in Scottsdale in 1994. They are organised by local committees and reflects the unique culture, industry, tourism and environment of the host community. Women’s Gatherings are for ALL rural women and aim to provide an opportunity for rural women to network, share experiences and support each other through good and tough times. They also provide opportunities for rural women to access information, resources and assistance, learn and listen and participate in workshops. Importantly it raises the profile of rural women and highlight issues important to them to the wider community.
2016 Gathering ST HELENS 27th, 28th & 29th May 2016
Gathering poster Patrice Newell was our guest speaker for the Saturday night dinner. Her Excellency Professor Kate Warner AM, Governor of Tasmania also attended the dinner and give an address. The farm tour into the Fingal Valley took participants to the iconic Evercreech property, which has recently been reinvented as “The Creech’, with shearers quarters converted into accommodation and a polo cross field and horses. Then the bus headed to Huon Aquaculture’s Millybrook salmon hatchery—who ever would have thought you would find this deep in the hills of the North East! Members of the 2016 Gathering Committee included Julie Llewellyn, Mhari Tucker, Marlene Gillies, Cat Carpenter, Jo Tate, Tammy Oldham, Shirley Rattray, Liese Fearman, Ann Calder, Libby Hairon.
2014 Gathering 23 – 25 May 2014 in Circular Head
The Gathering is an opportunity for us all to network and mix with each other, making new friends and renewing old acquaintances.With a theme of “Making Connections’ the program included guest speakers, tours of the Van Diemen’s Land properties at Woolnorth and Stanley as well as visits to other ‘home‐grown’ Circular Head businesses and landmarks. We know that many of our regional and rural women are the ‘glue’ which holds their families and communities together in difficult times and the Gathering provides an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate their efforts in building their communities and regional economies – your efforts – our efforts!
The program consisted of a Friday night dinner with entertainment from Circular Head youth and a Shopping Extravaganza. On Saturday there were farm tours to Woolnorth/Marrawah Gold Kelp and Van Adrichem robotic dairy; Tarkine adventures at Dismal Swamp, Marrawah Kelp and historic temma farm; and a guided walking tour around historic Smithton, followed by the Gathering dinner with guest speaker Alana Johnson (more info) On Sunday there was a community interest forum and demonstrations.
Gathering was hosted by the Meander Valley and Quamby discussion groups of Tasmanian Women in Agriculture. In keeping with tradition, the dedicated volunteer organising committee offered a warm invitation to come and ‘Meander in our Valley’ and enjoy a program designed for rural women whatever role you play. Friday night kicked off with a mini trade fair followed on Saturday by a Gathering favourite—bus tours to places not normally open to the public. Saturday evening we will relax over dinner, whilst being entertained by Robyn Moore, the very special Guest Speaker. Sunday rural women were invited to choose from a variety of workshops before returning home invigorated and recharged to face the challenges life throws our way.