by Tobi Loftus
WOMEN in Agriculture will be in focus at a special fieldday in Mondure later this month.
Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation chief executive officer Kristy Frahm said BIEDO and the Burnett Mary Regional Group had organised the event.
Ms Frahm said the event was not only for women who live and work on farms, but also for women who live in rural communities.
"There will be plenty of things relevant to them,” Ms Frahm said.
"There will be a range of information stands, with lots of people to chat to and engage with and plenty to see and do.”
There will also be several guest speakers at the event, talking on a wide range of topics.
"Fleur Anderson from the Rural Business Collective will talk about a range of business topics that relate to women in rural communities, which could be great for women looking to start their own business,” Ms Frahm said.
"We've got Alison Abbott from Workplace Health and Safety giving information on topics that are relevant to people in all areas of life.”
Other guest speakers include Ann McKenzie from BMRG who will talk about soil health, Romaine Undery from Ramesa Nursery, Bob and Kerry Baldwin from the Murgon Local Ambulance Committee and Carolyn Stone from AgForce SEQ.
"It's just a really great range of speakers,” Ms Frahm said.
Ms Frahm said it was important for women to have the opportunity to connect with each other and connect with agencies that have information important to women.
"It helps women take active roles in small business,” she said.
"It's great for women to have the chance to go along and find out information for themselves and connect with other like-minded women in the community.”
She said the organisation had chosen to host the event in Mondure as it is a farming community.
"We like to move our activities around,” she said.
"BIEDO works hard to engage with communities throughout the region and not hold the events in the same location over a period of time.
"We like to move them around so they are accessible to women throughout the region. It is great for us to be able to travel around and engage with communities.
"We've held things in the past at Mondure and are excited to go back there for this event.”
The Women in Agriculture field day will take place at the Mondure Hall on McConnell Way, Mondure on April 29 between 9am-3pm.
All are welcome at the free event, no RSVP required.
There will be morning tea and lunch, as well as rice paper roll lessons from the QCWA.
BIEDO and BMRG will also host several other Women in Agriculture field days over the coming months.
They will host one on May 30 at the Eidsvold Community Hall in the North Burnett and one on June 10 at the Kilkivan Town Hall in the Gympie Region.