About the Rural Women's Network
The Rural Women's Network (RWN) is a state-wide government program within NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), part of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services.
Part of the Agriculture NSW - Skills & Communities program, the small RWN works in innovative ways to share information and promote action on rural women's issues, often in partnership with individuals, groups and non-government and government agencies.
Members of the RWN team (pictured above) are: Novelle Hasling (Administrative Assistant), Sonia Muir (Manager - Community Engagement), Emma Regan & Allison Priest (RWN Project Coordinators).
Start of the Rural Women's Network
In May 1991 a Rural Women's Conference was held in Parkes. Participants identified the need for rural women to have more opportunities to network, share ideas, access information and have a voice in decision making. As a result, the RWN was set up in 1992.
What the RWN can do for you
- Promote activities and share information via our networks.
- Give presentations and facilitate workshops at women's events or send relevant information for you to distribute.
- Connect you with key individuals, groups and agencies and provide contacts.
Projects and activities
A large portion of RWN time is spent on specific projects and activities. Many of these projects are developed and coordinated in partnerships with other agencies, organisations and community groups.
Current RWN projects:
- The Country Web: a free newsletter
- RIRDC Rural Women's Award: a leadership and development award
- Shaping Out Futures Together: a two day self-development workshop
- Annual NSW Rural Women's Gathering
- Hidden Treasures: recognising rural women volunteers
- Daring to Dream: stories of rural women making a difference
- Join our Rural Email List: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/nsw_rwn
- Join The Country Web free mailing list