Celebrating the Rain and Resilience in The Country Web
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Stories from women from across NSW who survived floods and have witnessed a dramatic change in the landscape are featured in the latest edition of The Country Web.
The Country Web is a free 40 page colour newsletter which has been produced by the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network for the past 16 years.
Project Coordinator of the Rural Women’s Network, Allison Priest, said the spring edition picks up on a lot of issues many rural women are currently experiencing.
“The drought, floods and storms which have criss-crossed NSW over the past 12 months have been extremely challenging for all rural women,” Mrs Priest said.
“We have some inspiring stories in The Country Web which demonstrate the huge amount of courage and resilience women have built as they have learnt quickly to adapt and respond positively to the changing circumstances around them.
“A mother from Lightning Ridge, Dayle Murray, provides a detailed account after being isolated for five weeks with her young children on her property.
“Patty Byrnes from Gol Gol near Mildura describes the new challenges which resulted from the rain, including an increase in pests and the need to muster using a helicopter.”
The Country Web also includes articles on:
- Flood Insurance: Are you covered?
- Looking After Yourself After a Disaster
- Is your child being bullied?
- The 10thousandgirl Campaign
Mrs Priest said the10thousandgirl Campaign helps young women clarify their financial plans and learn the basic financial principles to support their goals.
“This great campaign is featured in The Country Web and aims to ensure every young woman from 15-40 years has a plan for her life, a minimum 3–6 months wages in accessible savings, and has relevant insurance in place.”
Women are also encouraged to attend the Gloucester Rural Women's Gathering which takes place on 13-16 October.
The Country Web is available at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/rwn/country-web/the-country-web-number-55-spring-2011
Media contact: Lyndall Hilder 6391 3686 or 0409 383 423