WOMEN IN WORKSHIRTS: Jules Entwistle, Rachael Lehmann and Kristy Frahm at the BIEDO Women in Agriculture event in Mondure.
WOMEN IN WORKSHIRTS: Jules Entwistle, Rachael Lehmann and Kristy Frahm at the BIEDO Women in Agriculture event in Mondure. Tobi Loftus

Regional women in spotlight

RURAL women will be celebrated at a special event in Wooroolin next week.

The Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO) will host an International Day of Rural Women event to celebrate all women that live out in the country.

BIEDO CEO Kristy Frahm said the organisation had hosted events to celebrate the day for the past two years.

"It's particularly relevant to our communities given we live in rural areas,” she said.

"It's a lovely celebration and this time because the actual day falls on Sunday, we thought we'd do something more family friendly and encourage the whole family to come along.

"Given the rail trail has only just opened, we thought we'd have a walk on a section of that.”

Ms Frahm said the event, which had been dubbed Women in Workshirts, would start at 9am opposite the Wooroolin Post Office.

"We'll walk towards Tingoora for about 2.5km and then walk back,” she said.

"The QCWA Country Kitchen Ladies will be doing some morning tea for us when we return.

"Everybody is welcome, there is no charge. So why not come along and join us, bring the family as well?”

Ms Frahm said the day was an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions women make in rural and regional communities.

"International Women's Day happens in March, which is for all women, but this day is specifically for rural women,” she said.

"Given our community is in rural area, a lot of the time we don't always have the opportunity to connect and come together as much as we are all a bit isolated.

"It's a nice opportunity for rural women and their families to come together and be acknowledged for their contribution. They're a pretty special bunch and we want to do something to recognise them.”

Ms Frahm said celebrating rural women was not just about celebrating women who work on farms.

"Rural women includes everyone that lives here,” she said.

"In our community we all fit that bill, all women are regional and rural women.”

Ms Frahm said BIEDO had produced some special work shirts for the event.

"BIEDO staff get a lot of nice comments about the work shirts we wear,” Ms Frahm said.

"So we decided to make some special shirts for this event. We've embroidered it with the BIDEO bottle tree, but it has women in work shirts written on it.

"Unfortunately Tuesday was the cut off day to order them in time for the walk, but people can still purchase them if they'd like and get them after the walk.”

Ms Frahm said she hoped women would wear any kind of work shirt to the event.

"Whether your a nurse, a stay at home mum, you work in a store, or on a farm, throw on your work shirt for the day and come and join us,” she said.

"If people want to come but don't want to do the walk, we'd love for them to come and have a cuppa with us afterwards.

"I can't wait for this event. There is something special about rural women coming together.

"The more opportunities we get to do that the happier we are, it's such a wonderful network.”

BIEDO will host their International Day of Rural Women event on October 15. The event begins at Dalton Park, Wooroolin at 9am. For more information, phone BIEDO on 4169 5456 or email community @biedo.org.au.