Welcome to QRRRWN

The Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network Inc. is here to CONNECT, DEVELOP and INSPIRE the wonderful women in our Rural, Regional and Remote Queensland areas. Look at our 2020 Program here and see how we work to deliver the program to you in our 2020 Strategic Plan.

We are building a vibrant and strong community of women! Come join us.

We are excited to release the report from the Public Forum for RRR Women – Toward 2030. The report sets out the matters discussed and key action points for QRRRWN. Obtain a copy of the report here and a copy of our press release.

Read QRRRWN’s Covid Crisis & Rebuilding Response 2020

Click here to read the full statement.


To date, the QRRRWN Covid-19 Crisis and Rebuilding Response has included:

  • Initiatives that provide funded education opportunities up to $18,000 this year, to ensure members can continue with development opportunities in difficult financial and economic times.
  • Free education sessions to further business management, business development and recovery strategies. Our Education Program is led by Lisa Duncan.
  • Video from the 8-part webinar series that was in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctors Services and Sisters of the North can be found HERE.
  • QRRRWN is also working on launching a business directory for QRRRWN members and other interested businesses to facilitate business networking and support of local business – and of course, one another. This is being led by grazier, Julie Mayne, QRRRWN Board Member, and lead of the Membership portfolio.

We look forward to supporting our members and one another, in so many more ways.

What We Do

Our role is to validate and legitimise the myriad roles of rural, regional and remote women.

QRRRWN Inc. strategic objectives are to develop the capacity of RRR women through education to overcome adversity, develop leadership and participate in decision-making.

QRRRWN Inc. uses its networks to reach RRR women and builds their capacity through:

  • Connecting by creating inclusive safe environments and providing capacity building programs
  • Networking RRR women with individuals, businesses, government and organisations
  • Inspiring RRR women to realise their potential, be influential, contribute and share their stories
  • Fundamental to our purpose is building the capacity of RRR women.

2021 Inspiring Youth in Rural, Regional & Remote Queensland

With the generous support of the Office of Women and the Queensland Government, QRRRWN has been able to inspire and develop young women in rural, regional and remote Queensland for a number of years.  In 2021 QRRRWN will include a youth program within its annual conference again. It is an opportunity for young women attending the Youth Program to engage with mentors who provide:

  • career guidance; and
  • illuminate pathways for their role in rural, regional and remote communities.

2021 Sponsors, Funding & Volunteers

QRRRWN is a not-for-profit. It relies on grants, donations and sponsorship.

Our Youth Program & Mentoring scheduled for the annual conference in 2021 is made possible by the Office of Women and the Queensland Government.

In 2021 our Annual Conference and the Strong Women in Leadership Awards are supported by:

  • the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal;
  • Office of Women and the Queensland Government through their support of both the SWLA Awards and bursaries and the Youth Program which is conducted at the conference;
  • Panda Pearls generously supports our Annual Conference and SWLA by donating gifts for speakers, prizes for awardees and raffles.


Our volunteers are what keeps QRRRWN going. Over many years hundreds of women have volunteered time to support QRRRWN and to lift up other rural, regional and remote women. The work is unpaid and at times it is extremely busy. We thank you for supporting QRRRWN and other rural, regional and remote women.

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Thank you to our key Sponsors & Funding Bodies

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FINALIST - QRRRWN 2020 Storyteller of the Year

Annabelle Brayley qualified as an RN at the Charleville Base Hospital before she married in 1980 and went to live on her husband’s family property east of Wyandra.

Working from their home office, she rejoined the paid workforce in 2000, coordinating care-worker placements in a remote dementia respite service. After selling the property to dissolve a family partnership in 2001, Annabelle and her family relocated to the Morven district.

In 2006, she resigned from Blue Care, bought the local news agency and, almost by chance, wrote her first story for OUTBACK Magazine.

She has been telling the stories of people who live and work in rural and remote Australia ever since. In 2008, serendipitously, she sold the shop to write her first book, Caging Octopuses- A Tale of the First Decade of Condamine Cods Rugby which was privately published a year later.

Four years on, an OUTBACK cover story she wrote about remote health prompted Penguin Books Australia to offer her the opportunity to curate a publication called Bush Nurses. Since then she has written several books: Nurses of the Outback, Outback Vets, Our Vietnam Nurses and Bush Doctors. In 2018, she co-authored the highly popular, independent publication Cattlemen in Pearls. Her passion for recording other people’s stories includes private family histories. She still, occasionally, submits to OUTBACK and is currently thinking about her first novel.

Annabelle maintains her interest in rural and remote health as Community Director on the Board of the Australian College of Rural Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

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Join the online Roundtable on 18 December 2020 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm to help us design the Member Hubs! Register here: bit.ly/hubsrountable18dec

The feedback in this survey is so helpful already! Thank you. If you haven't already done so, please fill out the survey to ensure we design what you need. Click this link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/QRRRWNhubs

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal has provided funding for QRRRWN to establish hubs across Queensland to facilitate connection, member support, local gatherings/events and build community. It's up to us to design them. We did a pilot in 2019 so we are going to pick up from there and move forward with your direction. We need your input!

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FINALIST - QRRRWN 2020 Storyteller of the Year

Alison currently works at Crossroad Arts, Mackay as the Artistic Director/ CEO. She has over 15 years of experience in the inclusive arts, theatre and disability sector and has held various positions including;

Creative Programs Coordinator for Accessible Arts

Creative Director for Beyond the Square at Riverside Theatres

Access and Inclusion Coordinator for Vivid Sydney and Sydney New Years’ Eve.

She has also worked extensively as a theatre director and tutor for community theatre companies, including Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Shopfront Theatre, PACT, Milkcrate Theatre and the Australian Theatre for Young People.

Alison highly values the training and development of artists with disability and was the founding director and co-collaborator of RUCKUS, a contemporary performance ensemble in Sydney consisting of 6 performers who also happen to have Down syndrome. Her ground-breaking collaborative work and dedication to inclusive community arts led her to be awarded with the Australian Council for the Arts Young Leaders Award in 2007. In 2015, she was awarded the Churchill Fellowship, which enabled her to research disability-led theatre practices and inclusive training programs across Europe and the UK.

Alison is motivated by using her experience to build and engage the community in inclusive arts and cultural events and programs. She is passionate about raising the profile of the company, uncovering local stories and creating genuine opportunities for the regional voice to be heard.

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