FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday 27 May 2021
The issues and achievements of women who live in rural, regional and remote Queensland communities will be squarely in the spotlight at a conference hosted in Dalby, in Queensland’s Western Downs region.
Conference convenor, the Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN), anticipates a large contingent of women will travel to Dalby to connect and inspire each other as they discuss strategies to tackle some of the challenges they face.
“Connectedness is always a major hurdle for our members, and last year’s pandemic made it even more difficult. We were forced to cancel our 2020 conference, so this year it was more important than ever for us to bring our members together to reconnect,” said QRRRWN President, Tracey Martin.
“Given its location in the heart of a growing population that’s centred on intensive agriculture, energy and manufacturing, all of which impact our members, Dalby is the ideal venue to host this year’s conference.
“This is the first time we’ve held our conference here in QRRRWN’s 28 year history, and it’s a great opportunity for our members to visit this vibrant region,” continues Ms Martin.
“The Western Downs Regional Council provided a compelling expression of interest and we are thrilled to be working with Council to provide the women of QRRRWN with a great weekend of networking, learnings and growth opportunities.”
The Dalby Events Centre will be home to the majority of events during the QRRRWN conference weekend. The Western Downs region has a strong pedigree in unique, large-scale events, with Council previously hosting Opera at Jimbour and the Big Skies Festival. These both add to the region’s five other major festivals, and make it the ideal venue for the annual QRRRWN conference.
Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said he was delighted to welcome the QRRRWN’s annual conference to the region.
“We are proud of our vibrant, welcoming community and it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to showcase our region and our ability to host premier events,” Cr McVeigh said.
This conference is generously funded by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR). The Gala Dinner and Youth Program is sponsored by the Queensland Government.
About Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network: https://qrrrwn.org.au
QRRRWN is a vibrant, connected community of women who live and work in rural, regional and remote areas. Established as a not-for-profit in 1993 by Jan Darlington of Monto, the organisation was built around a deep understanding of the power of connection for women living outside Queensland’s major metropolitan centres. QRRRWN now has a reach of more than 200 members and 5000 women who participate in programmes and initiatives to lean into their careers, families and communities.
For further information contact:
Julie Mayne, President, QRRRWN
About the Western Downs: https://www.wdrc.qld.gov.au/
The Western Downs region is located in the south of the state just 2.5 hours west of Brisbane with a growing population of over 34,000 people built on agriculture. The future of the region is centred on intensive agriculture, energy and manufacturing industries. Located in the heart of the resource rich Surat Basin, the region has a diversified energy portfolio including Coal, Gas, Wind and Solar cementing our reputation as the Energy Capital of Queensland.
For further information contact:
Western Downs Regional Council
firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 1300 268 624