LADIES IN BEEF PROGRAM OF EVENTS

BEEF BULLETIN – THAT’S A WRAP

*THE PROGRAM IS IN FINAL*

Minor changes only. Any queries to Tracey Martin M:0400 744 517

Map of James Lawrence Pavilion

RELAX AND UNWIND WITH FREE TEA, COFFEE & A SPACE FOR CHILDREN

in the James Lawrence Pavilion at the Rockhampton Showgrounds

Celebrate the contribution women have made to agriculture past, present and future.

Monday 3 May 2021

9:00 AM        Venue Opens          RELAX, REFRESH & BE INSPIRED

9:15 AM         Venue opened by Julie Mayne, QRRRWN Board Member & Beef Producer at Dulacca

We are delighted that Julie Mayne will open the QRRRWN Venue. Julie is a QRRRWN Board member, advocate for rural and regional women and is beef producer at Dulacca. Julie has been featured in Graziher Magazine, Channel 9 My Way – Season 1 and is the owner of Mayne Pastoral. Julie is an inspiration to all who meet her, a mother, an artist and sculptor.

Julie Mayne will outline our vision for the week ahead. The full program is set out below.

9:30 AM   to 11:00 AM     Inspiring Stories from Women in Beef. Hosted by Robin McConchie (interviews, discussions & Q & A on stage).

Interactive Produce Panel

  • Jenny Underwood – QRRRWN Member & Beef Producer

  • Julie Mayne – QRRRWN Board Member, Beef Producer, Dulacca

  • Cathy Tanner – Sales Director, Jim’s Jerky

Discussing all things about being a beef producer and sharing their journey, including:

  • Business Diversification
  • Sole operators
  • Responding to a changing industry

Segment by QRRRWN Ag Interest Group

Your Host – Robin McConchie

Robin McConchie will interview and lead the Q & A for the following QRRRWN Ag Group Members who will share their journey in rural Queensland and involvement in the Beef Industry.

Robin McConchie is recognised as one of radio’s living treasures, she was inducted in to the Queensland Rural Press Club’s Hall of Fame in 2011.

Robin joined ABC’s rural department in 1982. As a reporter and ABC’s Chief Rural Political Correspondent in Canberra and the Executive Producer of Queensland ABC radio’s Country Hour, she has reported on the issues and events that have shaped rural Australia.

Robin McConchie - Postcards from the Bush

Jenny Underwood

Beef Producer, Wallumbilla & QRRRWN Member

Jenny says teaching is in her blood. She followed in the family tradition and was a primary school teacher for 18 years – the last six at Cameron Downs south of Hughenden. It was a one-teacher school with students from preschool to Yr 7.

Cameron Downs was the “turning point” in Jenny’s life. She describes it as the usual story: teacher heads west; meets and marries a grazier; becomes a cow-cockie.

Jenny and Roger run Droughtmaster cattle. They have two studs as well as a commercial operation.

The couple sold their western Qld properties (Eversleigh & Aireworth) and moved to “Pine Hills” Wallumbilla at the end of 2015.

Jenny was a guest speaker at QRRRWN High Tea in 2015 and features in “Cattlemen in Pearls.”

Jenny is well known for her social media posts during the prolonged drought #lifeinasong and her famous cow ‘no name’, which produced 15 calves.

Julie Mayne

Beef Producer, Mayne Pastoral Dulacca

We are so proud to have Julie as a QRRRWN Board member.  She is an inspiration to all who meet her, a mother, an artist and sculptor.  Julie has worked in the rural industry for 30 years, mostly remotely, as a single mother with two children (now grown and gone). She is a beef breeder and producer situated in central Western Queensland and is slowly expanding her enterprise, and value adding to her business through various creative endeavours.

Her skillset is large and varied; a horse trainer, contract musterer, dozer operator, truck driver through to station manager, branded beef marketing and business management, all in a male dominated arena…

Julie has been featured in Graziher Magazine, Channel 9 My Way – Season 1, Wander of the West campaign with Edwina Robertson, Channel 7’s Queensland Weekender program and the Queensland Country Life.  She has also featured as a brand ambassador for various organisations like RB Sellars, and Ergon Electricity.

Cathy Tanner

Sales Director, Jim’s Jerky

Cathie Tanner has been involved in the beef industry in one way or another for her entire life. Growing up on mixed grazing and farming property at Durong on the Northern Downs, she married Jim from up the road at Burra Burri. They lived and farmed at Durong for 17 years, the last 10 yrs in partnership with Cathie’s parents. When succession planning became difficult, Jim and Cathie invested in a property in the Rolleston district in partnership and stayed in the area for 10 years. They redeveloped a property, sent 3 kids to boarding school, ran a successful Droughtmaster stud and set up a commercial feedlot contracted to Woolworths.

In 2002 Jim wanted to head to Northern Territory to grow peanuts and Cathie told him to have a nice time up there, as she would not be joining him J.  They compromised and ended up settling in Toowoomba and started Jim’s Jerky in 2004. Over the past 17 years Jim’s has grown from 12kg made in the first month to being a leading Australian Beef Snack brand. Cathie’s first show was Farmfest where she sold $400 and sold out of stock. She now travels Australia sampling and educating people around how great Aussie beef is as a snack. Cathie is proof that while life can throw many curve balls at you, you can always find a way to forge your path.

11:00 AM   to 12:00 MD   Segment, TBC

12:00 MD           Welcome from QRRRWN President – Tracey Martin

  • Introduction to QRRRWN

  • QRRRWN Purpose

  • Strategic Plan for 2021

  • Toward 2030

  • SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

About Tracey Martin, QRRRWN President

Tracey is a 2020 Nuffield Scholar, a member of the DAF Beef Leaders Pilot Program 2020/21 and a member of the Cattle Council of Australia Policy Committee. Tracey lives with her young family on a cattle station 2 1/2 hours South East of Townsville.

In 2021 Tracey founded Provenance Lawyers & Advisors that specialises in risk and insurance legal and advisory services – that operates remotely.

Tracey is an experienced solicitor, risk & governance professional, regulatory affairs advisor, international negotiator, litigator and Chair of international financial policy committees. Her regulatory and financial services experience covers the corporate, government and professional services sectors and she has a strong record of working collaboratively across these.

Tracey has Masters qualifications in Law from the University of Melbourne and a Masters from the London School of Economics in Diplomacy & International Strategy. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

12.30 PM – 1.00PM          How are we holding other women back from succeeding in business and what we can do to change this.

Speaker – Patrice Brown – CQG Consulting

1.00 PM – 1.30PM          Why we need more country girls in the environmental sector.

Speaker – Patrice Brown – CQG Consulting

About Patrice Brown, Company Director, CQG Consulting

BSc (Chem), Dip Sugar Tech, Masters Eng (Civil), GAICD Dip Company Director, Certified Environmental Practitioner, Cert in Environmental Maritime Management Lloyds London, Cert Sustainability in Business, University of Cambridge, Fellow EIANZ, FIML, GAICD

Patrice is a Corporate Environmental Advisor with over 30 years’ experience in industrial and environmental management, regional business leader and advocate for sustainable development.

Patrice established CQG in 2003 as a professional consultancy to deliver practical, creative and cost effective solutions throughout regional Australia. With a background in agriculture (beef and sugar), qualifications in engineering, science and business and a passion for enabling sustainable development, Patrice and her team are sought out to deliver environmental and development advisory services to a broad range of clients.

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM        Why don’t girls get the farm? Tips for business & financial independence for women

Hosted by Julie Mayne

Speakers Include:

  • Susan Bryant – Women Joining Agricultural Families

  • Lisa Lonsdale – Agribusiness, Faming Consultants

  • Brigid Price – Founder and Managing Director of Rural Resource Online / Price Cattle Company

  • Karen Penfold – Four Daughters Beef

  • Alissa Herman – Teach Me Money

Your Host – Julie Mayne

Julie is a QRRRWN Board member, advocate for rural and regional women and is beef producer at Dulacca. Julie has been featured in Graziher Magazine, Channel 9 My Way – Season 1 and is the owner of Mayne Pastoral. Julie is an inspiration to all who meet her, a mother, an artist and sculptor.

Speaker, Susan Bryant

– Women Joining Agricultural Families

There are many different experiences of women in agriculture and the beef industry. This talk focuses on some hints and tips for women joining agricultural families – who bring a wealth of experience, intellect and contributions to the family, the business and the industry.

Susan specialises in working with established rural producers who are passionate about their land and their families. I help develop financial strategies so they can retire with confidence, protect the family legacy and focus on family unity. Susan has some helpful hints and tips for women in agricultural businesses including women who have joined agricultural families.

Speaker, Lisa Lonsdale, Agribusiness, Faming Consultants

As an independent specialist with a grazing background, I understand the complex issues that producers are faced with.

I grew up on a beef cattle enterprise at the head of the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. From a young age I had cattle and learnt quickly what living on the land was all about.

A career in Agribusiness Banking quickly highlighted to me that a primary producer’s business was partly controlled by how good a relationship they had with their bank, and the professionals they used. If that changed, it could have a detrimental effect on the operation and things generally unravelled very quickly.

Today, I work with producers on a variety of requirements from Rural Property Investments, Finance Proposals, Property Planning and Strategic Development, and Financial reporting.

I advise a broad array of rural clients, from breeding operations and cattle enterprises to mixed farming operations anywhere from and between South West Queensland to Central Queensland and North Queensland.

Speaker, Brigid Price, Beef Producer and Founder, Rural Resources

Brigid Price is a beef producer and Founder of Rural Resources. Rural Resources is the online hub for farming families. Connecting people involved in Australian agriculture, providing relevant up-to-date resources, to support individual members of farming families to thrive and help businesses grow.

Through this online community we are embracing the wisdom of elders, the energy and enthusiasm of youth as well as the knowledge of the wider agricultural industry to support long-term positive change within Australian agriculture.

Brigid also writes regularly for Queensland Country Life and is a supporter and advocate for rural communities.

Speaker, Karen Penfold, Four Daughters Beef

Dan and Karen Penfold supplied quality 100-day feed cattle to a large domestic supermarket, but a chance meeting with a Chinese meat importer gave them the opportunity to diversify into the international market.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Four Daughters Premium Black Angus has adapted their business model to now provide premium products to the domestic market with their new family box.

Speaker, Alissa Penfold, Teach Me Money

Alissa Herman is the founder and Director of Teach Me Money. Alissa is a wife, mother, sister, friend, daughter, accredited finance and mortgage broker and business partner. She has spent 17 years in finance through her work at the Top 4 Bank’s in Australia and as an accredited mortgage broker and debt advisor.

Alissa is also the treasurer of her own family budget and understands the struggle and stress created by a growing family and mountains of bills. She has lived through this and now lives freely without the worry created by a lack of money.

5:00 PM        CLOSING OF DAY’S ACTIVITIES

Tuesday 4 May 2021

9:00 AM        Venue Opens          RELAX, REFRESH & BE INSPIRED

9:15 PM    – 11:15 AM    BEYOND THE BEEF

Hosted by Robin McConchie

Come along and hear from beef industry leaders and the many other facets to the beef industry where they demonstrate grit and determination to steer us through today and shape the future for our families, communities and rural Queensland.

  • Elyse Riethmuller, Chief Operating Officer, Fitzroy Basin Association

  • Gillian Fennell, Passionate Rural Advocate & Beef Producer

  • Claire Mactaggart, Writer, Beef Producer, Beef Australia 2021 Board Member

Supported by QRRRWN Business Group 

Panellist – Elyse Riethmuller, Chief Operating Officer, Fitzroy Basin Association

Elyse is a highly competent and confident leader with over 20 years of technical experience in the natural resource and agricultural industries. Her career spans three states (QLD, NSW and VIC) and an array of land, water and vegetation management roles. For the past 10 years, Elyse has worked alongside graziers and farmers in central Queensland. Elyse’s passion is for the facilitation of sustainable practices that are profitable, productive and have positive water quality outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef. As a grazier herself, Elyse possesses extensive knowledge and understanding of the pressures facing the beef industry and graziers. A champion for the industry, Elyse has been instrumental in the development and extension of programs such as Grazing BMP, which provide a pathway for producers to improve their profitability, while demonstrating their environmental performance. A source of great pride for Elyse has been the opportunity to lead and influence other natural resource management professionals throughout their careers.

Panellist – Gillian Fennell, Passionate Rural Advocate & Beef Producer

Cattle Council of Australia Board Member

I have over 15 years experience in the pastoral industry (rangeland beef cattle production) and am eager to see sustainable, environmentally sound methods of beef cattle grazing continue across the rangelands of Australia.

I am proud to advocate for and represent grass fed beef cattle producers and their families across Australia.

I also specialise in governance of non-profit organisations and community groups.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gillianfennell/

Panellist – Claire Mactaggart, Writer & Beef Produce

Claire and her husband Andrew Mactaggart operate a beef breeding and backgrounding business in the Duaringa and Moura districts. 

After completing a Bachelor of Agribusiness, Claire worked in regional development while studying post graduate business administration. Claire is a freelance writer who has contributed to a range of publications for the past 12 years and is currently Queensland contributing editor of Country Style magazine. 

In 2018 Claire was a member of the Property Tours committee of Beef Australia and has been a long-term supporter of the event. 

12.00 MD – 1:00 PM       ABC Country Hour – Live cross to the Venue

Hosted by Robin  McConchie

StoryTelling – It’s power and beauty in business and live

Q&A session with the editor of Graziher

Victoria Carey – Graziher Editor

Victoria Carey, Editor Graziher Magazine

Victoria is former Editor in Chief of Country Living Magazine, Vogue Living Magazine & Homelife.com.au to name a few.  Victoria has recently taken over the reigns of Graziher Magazine whilst Claire Dunne is on maternity leave.

Graziher is targeted towards female readers with a strong focus on rural affairs, regional issues and the social aspects relating to life for women who live and work in remote areas of Australia.

Victoria is described as a creative visionary with amazing style who possesses a deep grasp of her audience tastes.

1.00 PM – 3:00 PM           Lunch for Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Advancing Beef Leaders Program Members

(Venue remains open to the public)

About The Advancing Beef Leaders Program

Advancing Beef Leaders, is a beef industry leadership and professional development program. The program is designed to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of producers and agribusiness participants interested in pursuing community and industry committee positions and leadership roles. All queries to alison.larard@daf.qld.gov.au.

The Department of Agriculture & Fisheries are a sponsor of the QRRRWN Women in Beef Program and Venue.

3:00 PM        TECHNOLOGY IS OUR SLAVE – PUT IT TO WORK – REAL EXAMPLES

Hosted by Robin McConchie

  • Fiona Lake, Rural Drone Academy, Townsville – mustering and other uses for drones on cattle stations
  • Melinee Leather, Leather Cattle Company, Banana; discussing the use of CIBO Labs for vegetation mapping, and the difference smart yards have made to yardwork
  • Anna Cochrane, CPC/Isis Downs & Meridian Agriculture, Isisford; the money saved and other advantages of using Farmbot water telemetry system
  • Kate Scott, Allandale, Roma, talking about the usefulness of Optiweigh’s transportable, automated scale system – having weighed thousands of their cattle
  • Heidi Perrett, Ceres Tag; explaining how Ceres smart tags work and the potential to revolutionise management and mustering

Speaker – Fiona Lake

Rural Drone Academy, Townsville – mustering and other uses for drones on cattle stations 

Via the Rural Drone Academy, Fiona Lake runs unique drone information sessions across regional and remote Australia. These one-day workshops cover the fundamentals that a rural drone operator needs to know to fly safely, productively and enjoyably.

Fiona has worked as a professional agricultural photographer for more than three decades and has become Australia’s most experienced rural drone educator. She has received repeat invitations to speak at the world’s largest drone events on four continents, and won many awards.

As well as undertaking photography commissions Fiona has published three books featuring Australia’s largest cattle stations. The oldest images date back to 1984 and thousands of copies have been sold across the world.

Speaker – Melinee Leather

Leather Cattle Company, Banana; discussing the use of CIBO Labs for vegetation mapping, and the difference smart yards have made to yardwork

Melinee Leather is also part of a family run property, Barfield Station, in Central Queensland.  She and her husband are passionate about naturally raised grass-fed beef and have spent 30 years creating a sustainable business that they can pass down through the generations.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/melinee-leather-40973a142/

Speaker – Anna Cochrane

CPC/Isis Downs & Meridian Agriculture, Isisford; the money saved and other advantages of using Farmbot water telemetry system

Andrew and Anna Cochrane have held the Manager’s position on Isis Downs since January 2017, with 6,000 Charolais Brahman cross females run on Isis with Angus bulls producing cattle for the local trade and feedlot markets.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-cochrane-27a28b107/

Anna Cochrane

Speaker – Kate Scott

Allandale, Roma, talking about the usefulness of Optiweigh’s transportable, automated scale system – having weighed thousands of their cattle

For John and Kate Scott, on their property out of Roma, their decision-making is based on the motto that increasing profitability comes via increased productivity and capital efficiency.

Speaker – Heidi Perrett

Ceres, Nathan; explaining how Ceres smart tags work and the potential to revolutionise management and mustering

Heidi is Data Platform Manager at Ceres

https://www.linkedin.com/in/heidi-perrett-416b0411/

5:00 PM        CLOSING OF DAY’S ACTIVITIES

Wednesday 5 May 2021

9:00 AM        Venue Opens          RELAX, REFRESH & BE INSPIRED

10:45 AM  – 11:00 AM       Address by Georgie Somerset AM

The Beauty of RRR, Technology and Thoughts on the future of remote work

Georgie Somerset AM

A beef producer and rural leader with experience in agribusiness, rural tourism and regional development, Georgie Somerset’s work involves identifying and advocating opportunities, resolving issues and creating linkages and networks across rural sectors.

Actively involved in beef production in Qld’s South Burnett and mother of three children, Georgie is President of AgForce Qld, on the board of the Australian Broadcasting Commission and Children’s Health Queensland, and Chair of the Red Earth Community Foundation South Burnett, and involved with various industry and community groups.

Georgie has served on a range of state and national committees and as president of the Qld Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network. Her life combines cattle yards and board rooms, boarding school parenting and committee chairing, and long drives for short meetings.

Georgie believes in lifelong learning and education, and is passionate about agriculture and its opportunities. She also knows that accessing information and influencing decision makers is still possible in a remote location if you can stay connected – and access sufficient data.

11:00 AM      Women in Beef – Start Ups, Technology & Innovation

Your Host: Robin McConchie

  • Melita Smith – Ceres Tag, Founder

  • Emma Black – Black Box, Founder

  • Juliette Wright – Founder, GIVIT

  • Karen Penfold – Four Daughters Beef

Supported by QRRRWN Advocacy Working Group

Panellist – Melita Smith

Melita Smith is the Co-Founder of Ceres Tag. She is also a QRRRWN member and supports the Ag Interest Group.

Ceres Tag is a next generation livestock information platform providing GPS location, provenance traceability and animal welfare information to improve data driven decisions for all stakeholders in the supply chain from paddock to processor. Ceres Tag decreases risk and increases transparency, fundamentally improving the detection of bio-security threats, financing of operations and insurance evaluation. Ceres Tag automates the collection of data on animals giving seamless evaluation of livestock assets. Ceres Tag provides confidence in the origins and history of the food we eat, the fibres we wear and products we use.

Panellist – Emma Black

Chief Operations Office (COO) and Co-founder Black Box

Emma has always been passionate about the beef and livestock industry since growing up on a property in Western Queensland. Educated at the University of New England, Armidale NSW, Emma went on to work in livestock nutrition consulting followed by meat processing to gain a knowledge right along the beef supply chain. To apply this knowledge, Emma then worked in extension services taking a whole-of-business approach, working directly with beef producers and industry to assist in livestock nutrition, pasture/livestock management, meat quality, business/data analysis and general property management.

Emma has since co-founded Black Box Co, an innovative software that ingests raw production data from right along the beef supply chain, instantly turning it into key insights to inform production decisions, prediction and forecasting. Black Box Co has secured production data on over 800,000 animals and is currently being trialled with key commercial partners across the beef supply chain.

Black Box Co is an innovative SaaS (Software as a Service) product for the livestock industry. It ingests data captured within production systems, cleans, refines and disseminates this data through multiple proprietary algorithms to create data driven informed insights for the livestock industry. By capturing the data from the whole supply chain Black Box Co is able to improve production and profitability for the whole industry and accurately form prediction and forecasting models for performance and profitability.

Panellist – Juliette Wright OAM

An inspired and passionate social justice campaigner, Juliette Wright is on a mission to alleviate the effects of poverty across Australia. Establishing an online platform in 2009 to connect those who have with those who need and championing it to become one of Australia’s leading charities, Juliette is changing how society helps its most vulnerable and marginalised people, in and out of natural disasters and emergencies. Juliette is also a grazier.

Founder and CEO of GIVIT, Juliette created the portal to ensure quality goods get to where they are needed most by safely connecting and inspiring an online network of givers. Juliette’s vision, hard work and determination have resulted in more than 2.5million items donated through GIVIT’s website to directly assist Australians in need. Juliette’s passion is supporting each community by ensuring local donors give to local residents in need. The GIVIT model ensures the right people get the right things, in the right way – always buying locally. 

As a prominent social justice campaigner, Juliette has been awarded 2015 Australia’s Local Hero by the National Australia Day Council, National Resilient Australia Award by Australia’s Attorney-General, The Australian National Innovation Challenge Award, Ernst & Young Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year, Toastmasters Communicator of the Year, Moreton Bay Citizen of the Year 2016 and inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Network Hall of Fame. 

Panellist – Karen Penfold

Dan and Karen Penfold supplied quality 100-day feed cattle to a large domestic supermarket, but a chance meeting with a Chinese meat importer gave them the opportunity to diversify into the international market.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Four Daughters Premium Black Angus has adapted their business model to now provide premium products to the domestic market with their new family box.

1:00 PM   – 2:00 PM   Leah Freney in conversation with Andrea Crothers

From runway to rural realtor:  How a beach kid fell onto the catwalk and landed her dream career working with some of Australia’s Beef Business’.

Sponsored by Colliers, Program Partner

About Leah Freney

Associate Director, Colliers

Colliers Head of Agribusiness, Rawdon Briggs says ‘Anyone living & working in Rural or Regional Australia understands the huge commitment, determination and leadership delivered everyday by a growing number of dynamic women, all communities are all the better for their collective success, Leah Freney in our Colliers team is a great example of what we all seek to accelerate success as she leads our involvement at Beef Aust 2021’.

About Andrea Crothers

Breakfast Producer for ABC Western Queensland based in Longreach.

Andrea cut her teeth in media at Queensland Country Life, affectionately known as the ‘Bible of the Bush’.

Though based in Brisbane, the role saw her spend much time hitting the road and roaming across rural Queensland — just the way she liked it.

It was at QCL that Andrea found a fondness for the camera and was a finalist in the PANPAS 2015 Australian Newspaper of the Year Photography Award.

Always up for an adventure, Andrea completed stints at Katherine, Northern Territory, and as Acting Editor in Mount Isa during her time with Fairfax Media.

12:45 PM   – 2:00 PM   KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Jo Palmer of Pointer Remote ‘Working from Anywhere’

Presentation by Lee White, Beef Producer and Chair of Rabobank’s Beef Commodity Sector Group (CSG)

Conversation with Jo Palmer and Lee White on remote work

About Jo Palmer

Founder & Managing Director of Pointer Remote | Australian Rural Woman of the Year 2019 | Passionate advocate for rural Australia

Jo Palmer is a passionate advocate for remote work and the positive impact it has on rural communities and the people who call them home. Remote work levels the playing field for those in the bush and she strives to support communities to use remote work as a means to attract and retain populations as well as drive economic growth.

Jo is passionate about championing the innovation and identity of rural Australia and facilitating access to meaningful employment and giving businesses access to the skills needed in organisations.

She founded Pointer Remote upon seeing a gap in the market for connecting employers with the educated and talented candidates available in regional, rural and remote areas.

About Lee White

Beef Producer, Branch Manager and Chair of Beef Commodity Sector Group

Lee is a local Roma girl, growing up on a beef/grain enterprise south of Roma.  Lee now has her own small Angus and Brangus breeder operation with her husband and three children.

Lee has been employed with Rabobank for the past three years but has worked in banking most of her life covering the South West Qld area stretching from Roma to Blackall, Quilpie, Cunnamulla, Jackson, Taroom, Injune and Arcadia Valley. 

Lee’s main area of speciality is Beef with most of her clients being beef producers.  The other industries Lee works with include sheep, goats, wool and grains. 

Recently Lee took on the position of Chair of Rabobank’s Beef Commodity Sector Group (CSG). As a bank focused purely on Food & Agriculture, Rabobank have created eight CSG’s, focusing on key commodity sectors.  The Beef group consists of Rabobank staff who are based in the major beef production regions and who have a depth of knowledge and understanding of the beef industry. The groups come together to develop initiatives to assist our clients in the beef industry. Lee is looking forward to chairing this group and looking for ways of assisting beef clients.

2.00 PM – 5:00 PM      YOUTH & THE FUTURE

Two panels hosted by Dr Pamela Greet, Founder FutureAg Queensland

About Dr Pamela Greet

Founder FutureAgQLD

FutureAgQld is interested in the BIG questions that face both food producers and environmentalists. We bring those who look after the land, those who make a difference, together, so they can collaborate for a better future, a dependable tomorrow, for regional Qld.
What are the key challenges to Qld Ag as we enter a new decade… feeding more people and keeping our rural and regional enterprises and communities afloat through drought, economic plateaux and consumers who want more for less?

How do those who are on the land ensure its productivity for ‘all creatures great and small’ while grappling with feeding themselves and paying school fees and running a business, succession planning, climate change, economic uncertainty, disinterested lenders and disengaged politicians?

• I apply logic and analysis to solve problems and build collaboration
• Research & policy experience honed across diverse fields: health, agriculture & environment
• Stakeholder engagement, organisational change and redesign for target outcomes
• National and international experience of not-for-profit and public sector leadership for community infrastructure and health service delivery; disaster management & public education.
• Negotiation, lobbying and advocacy

Pamela has strong knowledge and experience in emergency services and disaster response in Australia and internationally, outstanding results overseeing major sport and recreation infrastructure projects for community, local government and peak sporting organisations.

An experienced team leader with broad experience in stakeholder negotiation; an excellent presenter and public speaker.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Imagining the Future for Young Queenslanders:

What does our next gen think are the exciting opportunities in ag, where do they see the challenges between now and 2035,  what are the critical skills – knowledge, aptitude, attitudes?

HOSTED BY Dr Pamela Greet, Founder FutureAg Queensland

  • Siobhan Smith – QLD Farmers for Climate Action

  • Chloe House – AC Marksmen

Siobhan Smith

QLD Farmers for Climate Action

Siobhan is currently in her final year studying a Bachelor of Agriculture/ Business. Throughout her time at university she has been the President of the RSUS Agricultural Society and a NSW RAS Rural Achiever Finalist. Inspired by the era of agricultural innovation she is witnessing, Siobhan believes this is the most exciting time to be a young woman in agriculture.

Through her roles working on the family farm in the South Burnett as well as Ceres Tag and, newly, Queensland State Co-Ordinator for Farmers for Climate Action, her goals for the future include promoting sustainability, innovation and future farming opportunities. Her determination to push the industry benchmark to new heights has her perfectly positioned with an incredible drive to succeed, and a firm focus on what’s next.

Siobhan Smith

Chloe House

AC Marksmen

It seems the thinking is turning around about rewarding farmers for looking after the landscape rather than punishing them for the sins of the past. Since I was a kid, things have really changed a lot about how people think about their land, the cattle and the relationship between them. Everyone needs to come together to come up with ideas that work for people who aren’t at the big end of agribusiness. Banks have to change too.

As a producer, if you have a massive mortgage that eats up pretty much everything you grow, you are going to have top think VERY carefully about making a change. Because banks can be pretty unforgiving. They’re not going to say ‘Oh, okay. You made a mistake. We’ll wait and see if it gets better next year or in a couple a years when you have recovered from the floods / droughts / Chinese trade decisions.’

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Imagining the Future for RRR Queensland:

Is the divide between ‘burbs and bush real? What keeps the pulse of RRR communities beating? What’s your part in that?

HOSTED BY Dr Pamela Greet, Founder FutureAg Queensland

Thursday 6 May 2021

9:00 AM        Venue Opens          RELAX, REFRESH & BE INSPIRED

9:30 AM   to 12:00 MD       A Radical Future – The New Businesses & Business Women in RRR (remote work & innovation in isolation)

10 minute spotlight & panel discussion

Your Host – Sharon Purcell

Panellists 

  • Dr Beth Woods OAM, former Director-General of the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF) QLD, current Independent Chair of the Cattle Council of Australia, Policy Council

  • Fiona Lake – Rural Drone Academy, Professional Photographer

  • Patrice Brown, Company Director / Founder of CQ Group

  • Robin Strang, Owner of The Madhatter

Panellist – Dr Beth Woods OAM

Independent Chair, Cattle Council of Australia Policy Council. Former Director-General, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Dr Beth Woods OAM is the Director-General of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Queensland, where she leads development initiatives to deliver an innovative, productive and sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector.

Previously Beth was the Deputy Director-General of Agriculture; and Deputy Director-General, Science in the former Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. She was the foundation Director of UQ’s Rural Extension Centre, and Professor of Agribusiness at UQ from 1997-2004.

Beth Woods completed her DPhil in Agricultural Economics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. She has served on committees of the Grains R&D Corporation, the Policy Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the CSIRO Board, the Gatton College Council and the Rural Adjustment Scheme Advisory Council.  She Chaired the RIRDC, ACIAR, and the National Drought Policy Review in 2004, and the International Rice Research Institute from 2008-10, was a Director of the QRAA from 2012-2015, and Chair of WorldFish, headquartered in Penang, until June 2017.  She is Queensland “Government Champion” for the Northern Peninsula Area Indigenous Community, on northern Cape York Peninsula.

Panellist – Fiona Lake

Rural Drone Academy

I’m a professional photographer who has specialised in agriculture, rural regions and aerial photography for more than thirty years. I am a jack of many related trades and arguably a master of none. I could certainly name people who are better at specific fields. But there is one thing for certain – combining the particular fields I have has resulted in a unique business; there really isn’t another one quite like it, anywhere.  These days my focus is on passing on what I’ve learned to others – drone pilots, photographers, people in agriculture and rural residents thinking of starting up small businesses, sometimes in the most remote parts of the continent. Valuable information that I wish I had been able to find out early on.

Panellist – Patrice Brown

Company Director / Founder of CQ Group

BSc (Chem), Dip Sugar Tech, Masters Eng (Civil), GAICD Dip Company Director, Certified Environmental Practitioner, Cert in Environmental Maritime Management Lloyds London, Cert Sustainability in Business, University of Cambridge, Fellow EIANZ, FIML, GAICD

Corporate Environmental Advisor with over 30 years’ experience in industrial and environmental management, regional business leader and advocate for sustainable development.

A leader in environmental impact assessment and a Certified Environmental Practitioner, Patrice established CQG in 2003 as a professional consultancy to deliver practical, creative and cost effective solutions throughout regional Australia. With a background in agriculture (beef and sugar), qualifications in engineering, science and business and a passion for enabling sustainable development, Patrice and her team are sought out to deliver environmental and development advisory services to a broad range of clients. She is a regular presenter at national and international conferences as an advocate for protecting environmental and cultural values through partnerships with Traditional Owners, researchers and regional communities. Patrice has decades of experience as an appointed board director on State and Commonwealth government boards. She is currently a member of the CQUniversity Council and various regional economic development advisory committees.

Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Entrepreneur (2016), Queensland and Townsville region – Institute of Managers and Leaders Owner/ Entrepreneur (2017) and Gladstone Engineering Alliance Forty Calis award recipient for her contribution to the Gladstone region (2016).

Panellist – Robin Strang

Owner of The Madhatter

The Two MadHatters began in 1996 with two girls from the bush of outback Queensland whose passion for colour, fabrics and style developed one of the first fabric hats for the harsh Australian climate.

With a need to look good but ever so practical at all kinds of events like cattle, sheep and horse sales or sporting events. Worn at picnics on  the river, garden party’s, social gatherings the fabric hat has become essential.

Robin Strang and Kathy Moloney developed their own special style and fun as they become know around Qld and NSW field days as ‘The TwoMadhatters of Longreach”. The name came about with the help of slightly mad brother of Robin’s and a bottle or two of good red wine!!

They have evolved now with Kathy living near Roma and Robin’s sea change to Townsville.

The range of hats have grown to incorporate race hats and, fascinators learning the age old art of blocking. Working with sinamay, felt and straw and including beautiful fabrics, leathers, pearl bling and of course gorgeous feathers. 

Although the original much loved fabric hats are still the mainstay the girls are always playing with ideas and have designed many more styles to their repertoire.

The girls run their own businesses but come together as The TwoMadhatters to attend field days and other functions.

Workshops in the making of fabric hats are also a fun way to get a group together, along with a favourite of Robins called Sad to Fabulous. This workshops is great for team building for a like minded group, girls night or to celebrate just being girls who need a creative outlet.

https://www.twomadhatters.com.au/

11:00 AM   to 12:00 PM      When is your side- hustle ready to be a business

Speaker: Maree Franettovich GradDipMgt, BBus, CertGovPrac, MAICD, MIML   

Director/Principal CareerForce Australia

Maree Franettovich GradDipMgt, BBus, CertGovPrac, MAICD, MIML

Director/Principal CareerForce Australia

Maree is a proud and passionate regional citizen and advocate. Currently she is operating a boutique consultancy providing targeted business support to small and medium enterprises.
Maree has enjoyed a career as an educator in the higher education and vocational sectors based in Mackay region. Instrumental in supporting regional students to invest in their career success, she encourages them to take advantage of the opportunities regions provide.
Maree was also a finalist in the 2020 QRRRWN Volunteer of the Year Awards.

12:00 MD   to 2:00 PM      LADIES IN BEEF – LEADING FROM THE FRONT LUNCH

SPONSORED BY HEALTH AND WELLBEING QUEENSLAND 

The lunch will focus on the what it means to LEAD FROM THE FRONT as QRRRWN works to partner with RRR women to ‘create better futures.’

The Master of Ceremonies is the talented Sharon Purcell.

Special (pre-recorded) address by Robyn Littlewood, the CEO of Health & Wellbeing Queensland.

Guest Speaker: Libby Homer, Chairperson Anglicare Central Queensland.

Libby will speak on the theme ‘For the Love of Beef’ which will explore Libby’s role and experience in the industry, family, connections to Beef Week, especially its foundation and ongoing work and involvement.

With special guest Dr Beth Woods

This is a ticketed event.  Attendees will enjoy a light lunch with refreshments within the venue.

Tickets available via the below link

Sharon Purcell

Media and Communications Officer for the Rural Financial Counselling Service SQ

Sharon is former AgForce Regional Manager in Central and Southern Inland Queensland and Livestock Writer and Sales Manager for Queensland Country Life

Elizabeth Homer BSc, GAICD

Libby is a beef producer from Baralaba.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Microbiology.  Libby was named in the WIAA Top 100 women in Australian Agriculture 2014, was a finalist in the 2012 RIRDC QLD rural women’s award.  She was the official ambassador for Beef Australia in 2006, was awarded in 1998 with the Rees Alsop bursary to attend the DEPT of primary industries – rural leadership course and was nominated for the Australia day citizens award in January 1996.

Dr Beth Woods OAM

Independent Chair, Cattle Council of Australia Policy Council. Former Director-General, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Dr Beth Woods OAM is the Director-General of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Queensland, where she leads development initiatives to deliver an innovative, productive and sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector.

Previously Beth was the Deputy Director-General of Agriculture; and Deputy Director-General, Science in the former Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. She was the foundation Director of UQ’s Rural Extension Centre, and Professor of Agribusiness at UQ from 1997-2004.

Beth Woods completed her DPhil in Agricultural Economics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. She has served on committees of the Grains R&D Corporation, the Policy Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the CSIRO Board, the Gatton College Council and the Rural Adjustment Scheme Advisory Council.  She Chaired the RIRDC, ACIAR, and the National Drought Policy Review in 2004, and the International Rice Research Institute from 2008-10, was a Director of the QRAA from 2012-2015, and Chair of WorldFish, headquartered in Penang, until June 2017.  She is Queensland “Government Champion” for the Northern Peninsula Area Indigenous Community, on northern Cape York Peninsula.

2:00 PM    – 5:00 PM    Afternoon Session – RRR Creatives

  • Kerry Brennan – Buy from the Bush

  • Katrina Goldsworthy – The Bull Artist

  • Sandra McLean, Artist, Designer and Teacher

  • Amanda Salisbury, Photo journalist and Blogger

Panellist – Kerri Brennan – Buy from the Bush QLD

The Buy From The Bush Queensland initiative started in mid-2018 as a Facebook page for women doing it tough on the land, and has since blossomed into an online community of bush businesses, creatives and a broad array of family-run side hustles across the rural regions of Queensland. Kerri Brennan, a Darling Downs cattle producer, saw the need to support the family farm through a second source of income.

She found many other women doing the same thing and realised that individually, they all had a very little reach on social media but collectively, they could reach a large audience. And so ‘BuyfromtheBushQLD’ was born.

The group now has its own shop in Brisbane and has featured over 1000 businesses on its page.

Panellist – Katrina Goldsworthy – ‘The Bull Artist’

Katrina Goldsworthy known as ‘The Bull Artist’ paints intricate Hero Portraits on individually selected  vegetable tanned Kangaroo Hides.  Her ‘Hero’ pieces allow for a deep sense of pride, power and purpose in her subjects questioning the Provenance, Structure, and questions the fit in our world today.

The Genre Fluid mediums used are kangaroo hide, acrylic paint and selectively stitched on a sewing machine before being  backed onto Canvas.

Katrina’s technique  to create these works is unique and not found anywhere else in the world.  The 2 ml lip/shadow  that is created once the portrait is backed and sewn onto canvas gives a sculptural feel  to the image & a ‘walk off the canvas’ impression.

Katrina Goldsworthy

Panellist – Amanda Salisbury, Photo Journalist and Blogger

Amanda runs the well-known and followed blog ‘Bush Babe of Oz’ and was a founding member of the Outback Paparazzi Facebook Page. She regularly uploads photographs as well as witty, insightful posts featuring life in the country.

Amanda and her husband run Bimbadeen Brangus Stud in North Burnett, Central QLD.

5:00 PM        Closing of the day’s activities.

Friday 7 May 2021

9:00 AM        Venue Opens          RELAX, REFRESH & BE INSPIRED

9:10 AM   to 1:00 PM       A MORNING OF NETWORKING & CONNECTION

Join us for the final day of the event.

01:00 PM        CLOSING OF VENUE

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Thank You To THE QRRRWN AG GROUP & LADIES IN BEEF WORKING GROUP

Thank you to the QRRRWN member working group – led by Julie Mayne.
  • Dr Pam Greet – QRRRWN Member and Principal, FutureAg Queensland
  • Robin McConchie – QRRRWN Member & former ABC reporter see profile HERE.
  • Megan Ford – QRRRWN Member and Owner Feed Central
  • Melita Smith – QRRRWN Member and Founder Ceres Tag
  • Lisa Lonsdale – QRRRWN Member and owner Lonsdale Agribusiness
  • Gail Russell – QRRRWN Board Member, Events & Grants Portfolio Lead
  • Tracey Martin – QRRRWN President
  • Fiona Lake, QRRRWN Member and Rural Drone Academy

Thank You to the QRRRWN Funding Bodies

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LADIES IN BEEF PROGRAM OF EVENTS

* The program is currently still being updated and is subject to change without notice.

Please check back in to see what more we will be presenting

Map of James Lawrence Pavilion

RELAX AND UNWIND WITH FREE TEA, COFFEE & A SPACE FOR CHILDREN

in the James Lawrence Pavilion at the Rockhampton Showgrounds

Celebrate the contribution women have made to agriculture past, present and future.

Monday 3 May 2021

9:00 AM        Venue Opens          RELAX, REFRESH & BE INSPIRED

9:15 AM         Venue opened by Julie Mayne, QRRRWN Board Member & Beef Producer at Dulacca

We are delighted that Julie Mayne will open the QRRRWN Venue. Julie is a QRRRWN Board member, advocate for rural and regional women and is beef producer at Dulacca. Julie has been featured in Graziher Magazine, Channel 9 My Way – Season 1 and is the owner of Mayne Pastoral. Julie is an inspiration to all who meet her, a mother, an artist and sculptor.

Julie Mayne will outline our vision for the week ahead. The full program is set out below.

9:30 AM   to 11:00 AM     Inspiring Stories from Women in Beef. Hosted by Robin McConchie (interviews, discussions & Q & A on stage).

Interactive Produce Panel

  • Jenny Underwood – QRRRWN Member & Beef Producer

  • Julie Mayne – QRRRWN Board Member, Beef Producer, Dulacca

  • Cathy Tanner – Sales Director, Jim’s Jerky

Discussing all things about being a beef producer and sharing their journey, including:

  • Business Diversification
  • Sole operators
  • Responding to a changing industry

Segment by QRRRWN Ag Interest Group

Your Host – Robin McConchie

Robin McConchie will interview and lead the Q & A for the following QRRRWN Ag Group Members who will share their journey in rural Queensland and involvement in the Beef Industry.

Robin McConchie is recognised as one of radio’s living treasures, she was inducted in to the Queensland Rural Press Club’s Hall of Fame in 2011.

Robin joined ABC’s rural department in 1982. As a reporter and ABC’s Chief Rural Political Correspondent in Canberra and the Executive Producer of Queensland ABC radio’s Country Hour, she has reported on the issues and events that have shaped rural Australia.

Robin McConchie - Postcards from the Bush

Jenny Underwood

Beef Producer, Wallumbilla & QRRRWN Member

When not running a 800 – 1000 head of beef cattle on their property Pine Hills, she is Principal at Cameron Downs State School

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenny-underwood-3323b21aa/

Julie Mayne

Beef Producer, Mayne Pastoral Dulacca

We are so proud to have Julie as a QRRRWN Board member.  She is an inspiration to all who meet her, a mother, an artist and sculptor.  Julie has worked in the rural industry for 30 years, mostly remotely, as a single mother with two children (now grown and gone). She is a beef breeder and producer situated in central Western Queensland and is slowly expanding her enterprise, and value adding to her business through various creative endeavours.

Her skillset is large and varied; a horse trainer, contract musterer, dozer operator, truck driver through to station manager, branded beef marketing and business management, all in a male dominated arena…

Julie has been featured in Graziher Magazine, Channel 9 My Way – Season 1, Wander of the West campaign with Edwina Robertson, Channel 7’s Queensland Weekender program and the Queensland Country Life.  She has also featured as a brand ambassador for various organisations like RB Sellars, and Ergon Electricity.

Cathy Tanner

Sales Director, Jim’s Jerky

Cathie Tanner has been involved in the beef industry in one way or another for her entire life. Growing up on mixed grazing and farming property at Durong on the Northern Downs, she married Jim from up the road at Burra Burri. They lived and farmed at Durong for 17 years, the last 10 yrs in partnership with Cathie’s parents. When succession planning became difficult, Jim and Cathie invested in a property in the Rolleston district in partnership and stayed in the area for 10 years. They redeveloped a property, sent 3 kids to boarding school, ran a successful Droughtmaster stud and set up a commercial feedlot contracted to Woolworths.

In 2002 Jim wanted to head to Northern Territory to grow peanuts and Cathie told him to have a nice time up there, as she would not be joining him J.  They compromised and ended up settling in Toowoomba and started Jim’s Jerky in 2004. Over the past 17 years Jim’s has grown from 12kg made in the first month to being a leading Australian Beef Snack brand. Cathie’s first show was Farmfest where she sold $400 and sold out of stock. She now travels Australia sampling and educating people around how great Aussie beef is as a snack. Cathie is proof that while life can throw many curve balls at you, you can always find a way to forge your path.

11:00 AM   to 12:00 MD   Segment, TBC

12:00 MD           Welcome from QRRRWN President – Tracey Martin

  • Introduction to QRRRWN

  • QRRRWN Purpose

  • Strategic Plan for 2021

  • Toward 2030

  • SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

About Tracey Martin, QRRRWN President

Tracey is a 2020 Nuffield Scholar, a member of the DAF Beef Leaders Pilot Program 2020/21 and a member of the Cattle Council of Australia Policy Committee. Tracey lives with her young family on a cattle station 2 1/2 hours South East of Townsville.

In 2021 Tracey founded Provenance Lawyers & Advisors that specialises in risk and insurance legal and advisory services – that operates remotely.

Tracey is an experienced solicitor, risk & governance professional, regulatory affairs advisor, international negotiator, litigator and Chair of international financial policy committees. Her regulatory and financial services experience covers the corporate, government and professional services sectors and she has a strong record of working collaboratively across these.

Tracey has Masters qualifications in Law from the University of Melbourne and a Masters from the London School of Economics in Diplomacy & International Strategy. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

12.30 PM – 1.00PM          How are we holding other women back from succeeding in business and what we can do to change this.

Speaker – Patrice Brown – CQG Consulting

1.00 PM – 1.30PM          Why we need more country girls in the environmental sector.

Speaker – Patrice Brown – CQG Consulting

About Patrice Brown, Company Director, CQG Consulting

BSc (Chem), Dip Sugar Tech, Masters Eng (Civil), GAICD Dip Company Director, Certified Environmental Practitioner, Cert in Environmental Maritime Management Lloyds London, Cert Sustainability in Business, University of Cambridge, Fellow EIANZ, FIML, GAICD

Patrice is a Corporate Environmental Advisor with over 30 years’ experience in industrial and environmental management, regional business leader and advocate for sustainable development.

Patrice established CQG in 2003 as a professional consultancy to deliver practical, creative and cost effective solutions throughout regional Australia. With a background in agriculture (beef and sugar), qualifications in engineering, science and business and a passion for enabling sustainable development, Patrice and her team are sought out to deliver environmental and development advisory services to a broad range of clients.

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM        Why don’t girls get the farm? Tips for business & financial independence for women

Hosted by Julie Mayne

Speakers Include:

  • Susan Bryant – Women Joining Agricultural Families

  • Lisa Lonsdale – Agribusiness, Faming Consultants

  • Brigid Price – Founder and Managing Director of Rural Resource Online / Price Cattle Company

  • Karen Penfold – Four Daughters Beef

  • Alissa Herman – Teach Me Money

Your Host – Julie Mayne

Julie is a QRRRWN Board member, advocate for rural and regional women and is beef producer at Dulacca. Julie has been featured in Graziher Magazine, Channel 9 My Way – Season 1 and is the owner of Mayne Pastoral. Julie is an inspiration to all who meet her, a mother, an artist and sculptor.

Speaker, Susan Bryant

– Women Joining Agricultural Families

There are many different experiences of women in agriculture and the beef industry. This talk focuses on some hints and tips for women joining agricultural families – who bring a wealth of experience, intellect and contributions to the family, the business and the industry.

Susan specialises in working with established rural producers who are passionate about their land and their families. I help develop financial strategies so they can retire with confidence, protect the family legacy and focus on family unity. Susan has some helpful hints and tips for women in agricultural businesses including women who have joined agricultural families.

Speaker, Lisa Lonsdale, Agribusiness, Faming Consultants

As an independent specialist with a grazing background, I understand the complex issues that producers are faced with.

I grew up on a beef cattle enterprise at the head of the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. From a young age I had cattle and learnt quickly what living on the land was all about.

A career in Agribusiness Banking quickly highlighted to me that a primary producer’s business was partly controlled by how good a relationship they had with their bank, and the professionals they used. If that changed, it could have a detrimental effect on the operation and things generally unravelled very quickly.

Today, I work with producers on a variety of requirements from Rural Property Investments, Finance Proposals, Property Planning and Strategic Development, and Financial reporting.

I advise a broad array of rural clients, from breeding operations and cattle enterprises to mixed farming operations anywhere from and between South West Queensland to Central Queensland and North Queensland.

Speaker, Brigid Price, Beef Producer and Founder, Rural Resources

Brigid Price is a beef producer and Founder of Rural Resources. Rural Resources is the online hub for farming families. Connecting people involved in Australian agriculture, providing relevant up-to-date resources, to support individual members of farming families to thrive and help businesses grow.

Through this online community we are embracing the wisdom of elders, the energy and enthusiasm of youth as well as the knowledge of the wider agricultural industry to support long-term positive change within Australian agriculture.

Brigid also writes regularly for Queensland Country Life and is a supporter and advocate for rural communities.

Speaker, Karen Penfold, Four Daughters Beef

Dan and Karen Penfold supplied quality 100-day feed cattle to a large domestic supermarket, but a chance meeting with a Chinese meat importer gave them the opportunity to diversify into the international market.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Four Daughters Premium Black Angus has adapted their business model to now provide premium products to the domestic market with their new family box.

Speaker, Alissa Penfold, Teach Me Money

Alissa Herman is the founder and Director of Teach Me Money. Alissa is a wife, mother, sister, friend, daughter, accredited finance and mortgage broker and business partner. She has spent 17 years in finance through her work at the Top 4 Bank’s in Australia and as an accredited mortgage broker and debt advisor.

Alissa is also the treasurer of her own family budget and understands the struggle and stress created by a growing family and mountains of bills. She has lived through this and now lives freely without the worry created by a lack of money.

5:00 PM        CLOSING OF DAY’S ACTIVITIES

Tuesday 4 May 2021

9:00 AM        Venue Opens          RELAX, REFRESH & BE INSPIRED

9:15 PM    – 11:15 AM    BEYOND THE BEEF

Hosted by Robin McConchie

Come along and hear from beef industry leaders and the many other facets to the beef industry where they demonstrate grit and determination to steer us through today and shape the future for our families, communities and rural Queensland.

  • Elyse Riethmuller, Chief Operating Officer, Fitzroy Basin Association

  • Gillian Fennell, Passionate Rural Advocate & Beef Producer

  • Claire Mactaggart, Writer, Beef Producer, Beef Australia 2021 Board Member

Supported by QRRRWN Business Group 

Panellist – Elyse Riethmuller, Chief Operating Officer, Fitzroy Basin Association

Elyse is a highly competent and confident leader with over 20 years of technical experience in the natural resource and agricultural industries. Her career spans three states (QLD, NSW and VIC) and an array of land, water and vegetation management roles. For the past 10 years, Elyse has worked alongside graziers and farmers in central Queensland. Elyse’s passion is for the facilitation of sustainable practices that are profitable, productive and have positive water quality outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef. As a grazier herself, Elyse possesses extensive knowledge and understanding of the pressures facing the beef industry and graziers. A champion for the industry, Elyse has been instrumental in the development and extension of programs such as Grazing BMP, which provide a pathway for producers to improve their profitability, while demonstrating their environmental performance. A source of great pride for Elyse has been the opportunity to lead and influence other natural resource management professionals throughout their careers.

Panellist – Gillian Fennell, Passionate Rural Advocate & Beef Producer

Cattle Council of Australia Board Member

I have over 15 years experience in the pastoral industry (rangeland beef cattle production) and am eager to see sustainable, environmentally sound methods of beef cattle grazing continue across the rangelands of Australia.

I am proud to advocate for and represent grass fed beef cattle producers and their families across Australia.

I also specialise in governance of non-profit organisations and community groups.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gillianfennell/

Panellist – Claire Mactaggart, Writer & Beef Produce

Claire and her husband Andrew Mactaggart operate a beef breeding and backgrounding business in the Duaringa and Moura districts. 

After completing a Bachelor of Agribusiness, Claire worked in regional development while studying post graduate business administration. Claire is a freelance writer who has contributed to a range of publications for the past 12 years and is currently Queensland contributing editor of Country Style magazine. 

In 2018 Claire was a member of the Property Tours committee of Beef Australia and has been a long-term supporter of the event. 

12.00 MD – 1:00 PM       ABC Country Hour – Live cross to the Venue

Hosted by Robin  McConchie

StoryTelling – It’s power and beauty in business and live

Q&A session with the editor of Graziher

Victoria Carey – Graziher Editor

Victoria Carey, Editor Graziher Magazine

Victoria is former Editor in Chief of Country Living Magazine, Vogue Living Magazine & Homelife.com.au to name a few.  Victoria has recently taken over the reigns of Graziher Magazine whilst Claire Dunne is on maternity leave.

Graziher is targeted towards female readers with a strong focus on rural affairs, regional issues and the social aspects relating to life for women who live and work in remote areas of Australia.

Victoria is described as a creative visionary with amazing style who possesses a deep grasp of her audience tastes.

1.00 PM – 3:00 PM           Lunch for Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Advancing Beef Leaders Program Members

(Venue remains open to the public)

About The Advancing Beef Leaders Program

Advancing Beef Leaders, is a beef industry leadership and professional development program. The program is designed to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of producers and agribusiness participants interested in pursuing community and industry committee positions and leadership roles. All queries to alison.larard@daf.qld.gov.au.

The Department of Agriculture & Fisheries are a sponsor of the QRRRWN Women in Beef Program and Venue.

3:00 PM        TECHNOLOGY IS OUR SLAVE – PUT IT TO WORK – REAL EXAMPLES

Hosted by Robin McConchie

  • Fiona Lake, Rural Drone Academy, Townsville – mustering and other uses for drones on cattle stations
  • Melinee Leather, Leather Cattle Company, Banana; discussing the use of CIBO Labs for vegetation mapping, and the difference smart yards have made to yardwork
  • Anna Cochrane, CPC/Isis Downs & Meridian Agriculture, Isisford; the money saved and other advantages of using Farmbot water telemetry system
  • Kate Scott, Allandale, Roma, talking about the usefulness of Optiweigh’s transportable, automated scale system – having weighed thousands of their cattle
  • Heidi Perrett, Ceres Tag; explaining how Ceres smart tags work and the potential to revolutionise management and mustering

Speaker – Fiona Lake

Rural Drone Academy, Townsville – mustering and other uses for drones on cattle stations 

Via the Rural Drone Academy, Fiona Lake runs unique drone information sessions across regional and remote Australia. These one-day workshops cover the fundamentals that a rural drone operator needs to know to fly safely, productively and enjoyably.

Fiona has worked as a professional agricultural photographer for more than three decades and has become Australia’s most experienced rural drone educator. She has received repeat invitations to speak at the world’s largest drone events on four continents, and won many awards.

As well as undertaking photography commissions Fiona has published three books featuring Australia’s largest cattle stations. The oldest images date back to 1984 and thousands of copies have been sold across the world.

Speaker – Melinee Leather

Leather Cattle Company, Banana; discussing the use of CIBO Labs for vegetation mapping, and the difference smart yards have made to yardwork

Melinee Leather is also part of a family run property, Barfield Station, in Central Queensland.  She and her husband are passionate about naturally raised grass-fed beef and have spent 30 years creating a sustainable business that they can pass down through the generations.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/melinee-leather-40973a142/

Speaker – Anna Cochrane

CPC/Isis Downs & Meridian Agriculture, Isisford; the money saved and other advantages of using Farmbot water telemetry system

Andrew and Anna Cochrane have held the Manager’s position on Isis Downs since January 2017, with 6,000 Charolais Brahman cross females run on Isis with Angus bulls producing cattle for the local trade and feedlot markets.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-cochrane-27a28b107/

Anna Cochrane

Speaker – Kate Scott

Allandale, Roma, talking about the usefulness of Optiweigh’s transportable, automated scale system – having weighed thousands of their cattle

For John and Kate Scott, on their property out of Roma, their decision-making is based on the motto that increasing profitability comes via increased productivity and capital efficiency.

Speaker – Heidi Perrett

Ceres, Nathan; explaining how Ceres smart tags work and the potential to revolutionise management and mustering

Heidi is Data Platform Manager at Ceres

https://www.linkedin.com/in/heidi-perrett-416b0411/

5:00 PM        CLOSING OF DAY’S ACTIVITIES

Wednesday 5 May 2021

9:00 AM        Venue Opens          RELAX, REFRESH & BE INSPIRED

10:45 AM  – 11:00 AM       Address by Georgie Somerset AM

The Beauty of RRR, Technology and Thoughts on the future of remote work

Georgie Somerset AM

A beef producer and rural leader with experience in agribusiness, rural tourism and regional development, Georgie Somerset’s work involves identifying and advocating opportunities, resolving issues and creating linkages and networks across rural sectors.

Actively involved in beef production in Qld’s South Burnett and mother of three children, Georgie is President of AgForce Qld, on the board of the Australian Broadcasting Commission and Children’s Health Queensland, and Chair of the Red Earth Community Foundation South Burnett, and involved with various industry and community groups.

Georgie has served on a range of state and national committees and as president of the Qld Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network. Her life combines cattle yards and board rooms, boarding school parenting and committee chairing, and long drives for short meetings.

Georgie believes in lifelong learning and education, and is passionate about agriculture and its opportunities. She also knows that accessing information and influencing decision makers is still possible in a remote location if you can stay connected – and access sufficient data.

11:00 AM      Women in Beef – Start Ups, Technology & Innovation

Your Host: Robin McConchie

  • Melita Smith – Ceres Tag, Founder

  • Emma Black – Black Box, Founder

  • Juliette Wright – Founder, GIVIT

  • Karen Penfold – Four Daughters Beef

Supported by QRRRWN Advocacy Working Group

Panellist – Melita Smith

Melita Smith is the Co-Founder of Ceres Tag. She is also a QRRRWN member and supports the Ag Interest Group.

Ceres Tag is a next generation livestock information platform providing GPS location, provenance traceability and animal welfare information to improve data driven decisions for all stakeholders in the supply chain from paddock to processor. Ceres Tag decreases risk and increases transparency, fundamentally improving the detection of bio-security threats, financing of operations and insurance evaluation. Ceres Tag automates the collection of data on animals giving seamless evaluation of livestock assets. Ceres Tag provides confidence in the origins and history of the food we eat, the fibres we wear and products we use.

Panellist – Emma Black

Chief Operations Office (COO) and Co-founder Black Box

Emma has always been passionate about the beef and livestock industry since growing up on a property in Western Queensland. Educated at the University of New England, Armidale NSW, Emma went on to work in livestock nutrition consulting followed by meat processing to gain a knowledge right along the beef supply chain. To apply this knowledge, Emma then worked in extension services taking a whole-of-business approach, working directly with beef producers and industry to assist in livestock nutrition, pasture/livestock management, meat quality, business/data analysis and general property management.

Emma has since co-founded Black Box Co, an innovative software that ingests raw production data from right along the beef supply chain, instantly turning it into key insights to inform production decisions, prediction and forecasting. Black Box Co has secured production data on over 800,000 animals and is currently being trialled with key commercial partners across the beef supply chain.

Black Box Co is an innovative SaaS (Software as a Service) product for the livestock industry. It ingests data captured within production systems, cleans, refines and disseminates this data through multiple proprietary algorithms to create data driven informed insights for the livestock industry. By capturing the data from the whole supply chain Black Box Co is able to improve production and profitability for the whole industry and accurately form prediction and forecasting models for performance and profitability.

Panellist – Juliette Wright OAM

An inspired and passionate social justice campaigner, Juliette Wright is on a mission to alleviate the effects of poverty across Australia. Establishing an online platform in 2009 to connect those who have with those who need and championing it to become one of Australia’s leading charities, Juliette is changing how society helps its most vulnerable and marginalised people, in and out of natural disasters and emergencies. Juliette is also a grazier.

Founder and CEO of GIVIT, Juliette created the portal to ensure quality goods get to where they are needed most by safely connecting and inspiring an online network of givers. Juliette’s vision, hard work and determination have resulted in more than 2.5million items donated through GIVIT’s website to directly assist Australians in need. Juliette’s passion is supporting each community by ensuring local donors give to local residents in need. The GIVIT model ensures the right people get the right things, in the right way – always buying locally. 

As a prominent social justice campaigner, Juliette has been awarded 2015 Australia’s Local Hero by the National Australia Day Council, National Resilient Australia Award by Australia’s Attorney-General, The Australian National Innovation Challenge Award, Ernst & Young Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year, Toastmasters Communicator of the Year, Moreton Bay Citizen of the Year 2016 and inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Network Hall of Fame. 

Panellist – Karen Penfold

Dan and Karen Penfold supplied quality 100-day feed cattle to a large domestic supermarket, but a chance meeting with a Chinese meat importer gave them the opportunity to diversify into the international market.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Four Daughters Premium Black Angus has adapted their business model to now provide premium products to the domestic market with their new family box.

1:00 PM   – 2:00 PM   Leah Freney in conversation with Andrea Crothers

From runway to rural realtor:  How a beach kid fell onto the catwalk and landed her dream career working with some of Australia’s Beef Business’.

Sponsored by Colliers, Program Partner

About Leah Freney

Associate Director, Colliers

Colliers Head of Agribusiness, Rawdon Briggs says ‘Anyone living & working in Rural or Regional Australia understands the huge commitment, determination and leadership delivered everyday by a growing number of dynamic women, all communities are all the better for their collective success, Leah Freney in our Colliers team is a great example of what we all seek to accelerate success as she leads our involvement at Beef Aust 2021’.

About Andrea Crothers

Breakfast Producer for ABC Western Queensland based in Longreach.

Andrea cut her teeth in media at Queensland Country Life, affectionately known as the ‘Bible of the Bush’.

Though based in Brisbane, the role saw her spend much time hitting the road and roaming across rural Queensland — just the way she liked it.

It was at QCL that Andrea found a fondness for the camera and was a finalist in the PANPAS 2015 Australian Newspaper of the Year Photography Award.

Always up for an adventure, Andrea completed stints at Katherine, Northern Territory, and as Acting Editor in Mount Isa during her time with Fairfax Media.

12:45 PM   – 2:00 PM   KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Jo Palmer of Pointer Remote ‘Working from Anywhere’

Presentation by Lee White, Beef Producer and Chair of Rabobank’s Beef Commodity Sector Group (CSG)

Conversation with Jo Palmer and Lee White on remote work

About Jo Palmer

Founder & Managing Director of Pointer Remote | Australian Rural Woman of the Year 2019 | Passionate advocate for rural Australia

Jo Palmer is a passionate advocate for remote work and the positive impact it has on rural communities and the people who call them home. Remote work levels the playing field for those in the bush and she strives to support communities to use remote work as a means to attract and retain populations as well as drive economic growth.

Jo is passionate about championing the innovation and identity of rural Australia and facilitating access to meaningful employment and giving businesses access to the skills needed in organisations.

She founded Pointer Remote upon seeing a gap in the market for connecting employers with the educated and talented candidates available in regional, rural and remote areas.

About Lee White

Beef Producer, Branch Manager and Chair of Beef Commodity Sector Group

Lee is a local Roma girl, growing up on a beef/grain enterprise south of Roma.  Lee now has her own small Angus and Brangus breeder operation with her husband and three children.

Lee has been employed with Rabobank for the past three years but has worked in banking most of her life covering the South West Qld area stretching from Roma to Blackall, Quilpie, Cunnamulla, Jackson, Taroom, Injune and Arcadia Valley. 

Lee’s main area of speciality is Beef with most of her clients being beef producers.  The other industries Lee works with include sheep, goats, wool and grains. 

Recently Lee took on the position of Chair of Rabobank’s Beef Commodity Sector Group (CSG). As a bank focused purely on Food & Agriculture, Rabobank have created eight CSG’s, focusing on key commodity sectors.  The Beef group consists of Rabobank staff who are based in the major beef production regions and who have a depth of knowledge and understanding of the beef industry. The groups come together to develop initiatives to assist our clients in the beef industry. Lee is looking forward to chairing this group and looking for ways of assisting beef clients.

2.00 PM – 5:00 PM      YOUTH & THE FUTURE

Two panels hosted by Dr Pamela Greet, Founder FutureAg Queensland

About Dr Pamela Greet

Founder FutureAgQLD

FutureAgQld is interested in the BIG questions that face both food producers and environmentalists. We bring those who look after the land, those who make a difference, together, so they can collaborate for a better future, a dependable tomorrow, for regional Qld.
What are the key challenges to Qld Ag as we enter a new decade… feeding more people and keeping our rural and regional enterprises and communities afloat through drought, economic plateaux and consumers who want more for less?

How do those who are on the land ensure its productivity for ‘all creatures great and small’ while grappling with feeding themselves and paying school fees and running a business, succession planning, climate change, economic uncertainty, disinterested lenders and disengaged politicians?

• I apply logic and analysis to solve problems and build collaboration
• Research & policy experience honed across diverse fields: health, agriculture & environment
• Stakeholder engagement, organisational change and redesign for target outcomes
• National and international experience of not-for-profit and public sector leadership for community infrastructure and health service delivery; disaster management & public education.
• Negotiation, lobbying and advocacy

Pamela has strong knowledge and experience in emergency services and disaster response in Australia and internationally, outstanding results overseeing major sport and recreation infrastructure projects for community, local government and peak sporting organisations.

An experienced team leader with broad experience in stakeholder negotiation; an excellent presenter and public speaker.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Imagining the Future for Young Queenslanders:

What does our next gen think are the exciting opportunities in ag, where do they see the challenges between now and 2035,  what are the critical skills – knowledge, aptitude, attitudes?

HOSTED BY Dr Pamela Greet, Founder FutureAg Queensland

  • Siobhan Smith – QLD Farmers for Climate Action

  • Chloe House – AC Marksmen

Siobhan Smith

QLD Farmers for Climate Action

Siobhan is currently in her final year studying a Bachelor of Agriculture/ Business. Throughout her time at university she has been the President of the RSUS Agricultural Society and a NSW RAS Rural Achiever Finalist. Inspired by the era of agricultural innovation she is witnessing, Siobhan believes this is the most exciting time to be a young woman in agriculture.

Through her roles working on the family farm in the South Burnett as well as Ceres Tag and, newly, Queensland State Co-Ordinator for Farmers for Climate Action, her goals for the future include promoting sustainability, innovation and future farming opportunities. Her determination to push the industry benchmark to new heights has her perfectly positioned with an incredible drive to succeed, and a firm focus on what’s next.

Siobhan Smith

Chloe House

AC Marksmen

It seems the thinking is turning around about rewarding farmers for looking after the landscape rather than punishing them for the sins of the past. Since I was a kid, things have really changed a lot about how people think about their land, the cattle and the relationship between them. Everyone needs to come together to come up with ideas that work for people who aren’t at the big end of agribusiness. Banks have to change too.

As a producer, if you have a massive mortgage that eats up pretty much everything you grow, you are going to have top think VERY carefully about making a change. Because banks can be pretty unforgiving. They’re not going to say ‘Oh, okay. You made a mistake. We’ll wait and see if it gets better next year or in a couple a years when you have recovered from the floods / droughts / Chinese trade decisions.’

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Imagining the Future for RRR Queensland:

Is the divide between ‘burbs and bush real? What keeps the pulse of RRR communities beating? What’s your part in that?

HOSTED BY Dr Pamela Greet, Founder FutureAg Queensland

Thursday 6 May 2021

9:00 AM        Venue Opens          RELAX, REFRESH & BE INSPIRED

9:30 AM   to 12:00 MD       A Radical Future – The New Businesses & Business Women in RRR (remote work & innovation in isolation)

10 minute spotlight & panel discussion

Your Host – Sharon Purcell

Panellists 

  • Dr Beth Woods OAM, former Director-General of the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF) QLD, current Independent Chair of the Cattle Council of Australia, Policy Council

  • Fiona Lake – Rural Drone Academy, Professional Photographer

  • Patrice Brown, Company Director / Founder of CQ Group

  • Robin Strang, Owner of The Madhatter

Panellist – Dr Beth Woods OAM

Independent Chair, Cattle Council of Australia Policy Council.

Dr Beth Woods OAM is also the former Director-General of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Queensland, where she lead development initiatives to deliver an innovative, productive and sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector.

Previously Beth was the Deputy Director-General of Agriculture; and Deputy Director-General, Science in the former Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. She was the foundation Director of UQ’s Rural Extension Centre, and Professor of Agribusiness at UQ from 1997-2004.

Beth Woods completed her DPhil in Agricultural Economics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. She has served on committees of the Grains R&D Corporation, the Policy Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the CSIRO Board, the Gatton College Council and the Rural Adjustment Scheme Advisory Council.  She Chaired the RIRDC, ACIAR, and the National Drought Policy Review in 2004, and the International Rice Research Institute from 2008-10, was a Director of the QRAA from 2012-2015, and Chair of WorldFish, headquartered in Penang, until June 2017.  She is Queensland “Government Champion” for the Northern Peninsula Area Indigenous Community, on northern Cape York Peninsula.

Panellist – Fiona Lake

Rural Drone Academy

I’m a professional photographer who has specialised in agriculture, rural regions and aerial photography for more than thirty years. I am a jack of many related trades and arguably a master of none. I could certainly name people who are better at specific fields. But there is one thing for certain – combining the particular fields I have has resulted in a unique business; there really isn’t another one quite like it, anywhere.  These days my focus is on passing on what I’ve learned to others – drone pilots, photographers, people in agriculture and rural residents thinking of starting up small businesses, sometimes in the most remote parts of the continent. Valuable information that I wish I had been able to find out early on.

Panellist – Patrice Brown

Company Director / Founder of CQ Group

BSc (Chem), Dip Sugar Tech, Masters Eng (Civil), GAICD Dip Company Director, Certified Environmental Practitioner, Cert in Environmental Maritime Management Lloyds London, Cert Sustainability in Business, University of Cambridge, Fellow EIANZ, FIML, GAICD

Corporate Environmental Advisor with over 30 years’ experience in industrial and environmental management, regional business leader and advocate for sustainable development.

A leader in environmental impact assessment and a Certified Environmental Practitioner, Patrice established CQG in 2003 as a professional consultancy to deliver practical, creative and cost effective solutions throughout regional Australia. With a background in agriculture (beef and sugar), qualifications in engineering, science and business and a passion for enabling sustainable development, Patrice and her team are sought out to deliver environmental and development advisory services to a broad range of clients. She is a regular presenter at national and international conferences as an advocate for protecting environmental and cultural values through partnerships with Traditional Owners, researchers and regional communities. Patrice has decades of experience as an appointed board director on State and Commonwealth government boards. She is currently a member of the CQUniversity Council and various regional economic development advisory committees.

Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Entrepreneur (2016), Queensland and Townsville region – Institute of Managers and Leaders Owner/ Entrepreneur (2017) and Gladstone Engineering Alliance Forty Calis award recipient for her contribution to the Gladstone region (2016).

Panellist – Robin Strang

Owner of The Madhatter

The Two MadHatters began in 1996 with two girls from the bush of outback Queensland whose passion for colour, fabrics and style developed one of the first fabric hats for the harsh Australian climate.

With a need to look good but ever so practical at all kinds of events like cattle, sheep and horse sales or sporting events. Worn at picnics on  the river, garden party’s, social gatherings the fabric hat has become essential.

Robin Strang and Kathy Moloney developed their own special style and fun as they become know around Qld and NSW field days as ‘The TwoMadhatters of Longreach”. The name came about with the help of slightly mad brother of Robin’s and a bottle or two of good red wine!!

They have evolved now with Kathy living near Roma and Robin’s sea change to Townsville.

The range of hats have grown to incorporate race hats and, fascinators learning the age old art of blocking. Working with sinamay, felt and straw and including beautiful fabrics, leathers, pearl bling and of course gorgeous feathers. 

Although the original much loved fabric hats are still the mainstay the girls are always playing with ideas and have designed many more styles to their repertoire.

The girls run their own businesses but come together as The TwoMadhatters to attend field days and other functions.

Workshops in the making of fabric hats are also a fun way to get a group together, along with a favourite of Robins called Sad to Fabulous. This workshops is great for team building for a like minded group, girls night or to celebrate just being girls who need a creative outlet.

https://www.twomadhatters.com.au/

11:00 AM   to 12:00 PM      When is your side- hustle ready to be a business

Speaker: Maree Franettovich GradDipMgt, BBus, CertGovPrac, MAICD, MIML   

Director/Principal CareerForce Australia

Maree Franettovich GradDipMgt, BBus, CertGovPrac, MAICD, MIML

Director/Principal CareerForce Australia

Maree is a proud and passionate regional citizen and advocate. Currently she is operating a boutique consultancy providing targeted business support to small and medium enterprises.
Maree has enjoyed a career as an educator in the higher education and vocational sectors based in Mackay region. Instrumental in supporting regional students to invest in their career success, she encourages them to take advantage of the opportunities regions provide.
Maree was also a finalist in the 2020 QRRRWN Volunteer of the Year Awards.

12:00 MD   to 2:00 PM      LADIES IN BEEF – LEADING FROM THE FRONT LUNCH

SPONSORED BY HEALTH AND WELLBEING QUEENSLAND 

The lunch will focus on the what it means to LEAD FROM THE FRONT as QRRRWN works to partner with RRR women to ‘create better futures.’

The Master of Ceremonies is the talented Sharon Purcell.

Special (pre-recorded) address by Robyn Littlewood, the CEO of Health & Wellbeing Queensland.

Guest Speaker: Libby Homer, Chairperson Anglicare Central Queensland.

Libby will speak on the theme ‘For the Love of Beef’ which will explore Libby’s role and experience in the industry, family, connections to Beef Week, especially its foundation and ongoing work and involvement.

With special guest Dr Beth Woods, Independent Chair, Cattle Council of Australia Policy Council.

This is a ticketed event.  Attendees will enjoy a light lunch with refreshments within the venue.

Tickets available via the below link

Sharon Purcell

Media and Communications Officer for the Rural Financial Counselling Service SQ

Sharon is former AgForce Regional Manager in Central and Southern Inland Queensland and Livestock Writer and Sales Manager for Queensland Country Life

Elizabeth Homer BSc, GAICD

Libby is a beef producer from Baralaba.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Microbiology.  Libby was named in the WIAA Top 100 women in Australian Agriculture 2014, was a finalist in the 2012 RIRDC QLD rural women’s award.  She was the official ambassador for Beef Australia in 2006, was awarded in 1998 with the Rees Alsop bursary to attend the DEPT of primary industries – rural leadership course and was nominated for the Australia day citizens award in January 1996.

Dr Beth Woods OAM

Independent Chair, Cattle Council of Australia Policy Council.

Dr Beth Woods OAM is also the former Director-General of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Queensland, where she lead development initiatives towards innovative, productive and sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector.

Previously Beth was the Deputy Director-General of Agriculture; and Deputy Director-General, Science in the former Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. She was the foundation Director of UQ’s Rural Extension Centre, and Professor of Agribusiness at UQ from 1997-2004.

Beth Woods completed her DPhil in Agricultural Economics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. She has served on committees of the Grains R&D Corporation, the Policy Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the CSIRO Board, the Gatton College Council and the Rural Adjustment Scheme Advisory Council.  She Chaired the RIRDC, ACIAR, and the National Drought Policy Review in 2004, and the International Rice Research Institute from 2008-10, was a Director of the QRAA from 2012-2015, and Chair of WorldFish, headquartered in Penang, until June 2017.  She is Queensland “Government Champion” for the Northern Peninsula Area Indigenous Community, on northern Cape York Peninsula.

2:00 PM    – 5:00 PM    Afternoon Session – RRR Creatives

  • Kerry Brennan – Buy from the Bush

  • Katrina Goldsworthy – The Bull Artist

  • Sandra McLean, Artist, Designer and Teacher

  • Amanda Salisbury, Photo journalist and Blogger

Panellist – Kerri Brennan – Buy from the Bush QLD

The Buy From The Bush Queensland initiative started in mid-2018 as a Facebook page for women doing it tough on the land, and has since blossomed into an online community of bush businesses, creatives and a broad array of family-run side hustles across the rural regions of Queensland. Kerri Brennan, a Darling Downs cattle producer, saw the need to support the family farm through a second source of income.

She found many other women doing the same thing and realised that individually, they all had a very little reach on social media but collectively, they could reach a large audience. And so ‘BuyfromtheBushQLD’ was born.

The group now has its own shop in Brisbane and has featured over 1000 businesses on its page.

Panellist – Katrina Goldsworthy – ‘The Bull Artist’

Katrina Goldsworthy known as ‘The Bull Artist’ paints intricate Hero Portraits on individually selected  vegetable tanned Kangaroo Hides.  Her ‘Hero’ pieces allow for a deep sense of pride, power and purpose in her subjects questioning the Provenance, Structure, and questions the fit in our world today.

The Genre Fluid mediums used are kangaroo hide, acrylic paint and selectively stitched on a sewing machine before being  backed onto Canvas.

Katrina’s technique  to create these works is unique and not found anywhere else in the world.  The 2 ml lip/shadow  that is created once the portrait is backed and sewn onto canvas gives a sculptural feel  to the image & a ‘walk off the canvas’ impression.

Katrina Goldsworthy

Panellist – Amanda Salisbury, Photo Journalist and Blogger

Amanda runs the well-known and followed blog ‘Bush Babe of Oz’ and was a founding member of the Outback Paparazzi Facebook Page. She regularly uploads photographs as well as witty, insightful posts featuring life in the country.

Amanda and her husband run Bimbadeen Brangus Stud in North Burnett, Central QLD.

5:00 PM        Closing of the day’s activities.

Friday 7 May 2021

9:00 AM        Venue Opens          RELAX, REFRESH & BE INSPIRED

9:10 AM   to 1:00 PM       A MORNING OF NETWORKING & CONNECTION

Join us for the final day of the event.

01:00 PM        CLOSING OF VENUE

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Thank You To THE QRRRWN AG GROUP & LADIES IN BEEF WORKING GROUP

Thank you to the QRRRWN member working group – led by Julie Mayne.
  • Dr Pam Greet – QRRRWN Member and Principal, FutureAg Queensland
  • Robin McConchie – QRRRWN Member & former ABC reporter see profile HERE.
  • Megan Ford – QRRRWN Member and Owner Feed Central
  • Melita Smith – QRRRWN Member and Founder Ceres Tag
  • Lisa Lonsdale – QRRRWN Member and owner Lonsdale Agribusiness
  • Gail Russell – QRRRWN Board Member, Events & Grants Portfolio Lead
  • Tracey Martin – QRRRWN President
  • Fiona Lake, QRRRWN Member and Rural Drone Academy

Thank You to the QRRRWN Funding Bodies

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