The Country Web - Issue 65, 2018 Annual

Rural women - more than you think!

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Our 65th issue of The Country Web, Rural women-more than you think!, celebrates 25 years of the Rural Women's Network and The Country Web. It features 25 inspiring rural women across rural NSW, including our 2018 rural women's award winner and finalists.

Other articles in this edition include:

  • Jillian Kilby's dream of empowering women: 2018 NSW-ACT Rural AgriFuturesTM Women's Award winner, Jillian Kilby, approaches life optimistically, with logical thinking of a civil engineer, the roll-up-your-sleeves attitude of a farmer's daughter from Coonamble, and with an altruistic passion for change. Jillian is encouraging women to step outside their comfort zone and pursue their personal and professional goals as part of her 2018 AgriFuturesTM Women's Award initiative.
  • Active Farmers: Active Farmers founder, Ginny Stevens, wants to have a positive impact on as many farmers and farming communities as possible.  She has big ambitions with Active Farmers to be servicing 70 small farming communities nationally by June 2020.
  • Fire, hope and recovery: Jill Goodman and her husband Graham live in the small village of Uarbry. Before the Sir Ivan Fire in 2017, the farm was going well and they had begun to make plans to take things easier, however the Sir Ivan Fire would forever change that.
  • Sober in the Country: As a recovered alcoholic who nearly lost her life five years ago, Shanna Whan knows all-too-well the reality of lack of support, awareness, and education for the hugely complex issues of addiction. She has set about to change this with the inception of Sober in the Country (#SITC) - a unique platform which she hopes will start serious and overdue discussions around the toxic booze culture in rural communities.
  • Write your story: Stories are powerful tools that can change lives and the world.  Kasia Gospos from Leaders in Heel provides exercises to catch your imagination to write and tell your own life or business story.
  • Depression proof your kids: Almost every family will come into contact with depression. Clinical Psychologist, Andrew Fuller says while he can't guarantee that we can protect everyone from depression, there are things that we can do to make it less likely. In this article Andrew shares his top tips for depression proofing your kids.
  • My mother's way: For 30 years Aboriginal woman Julie Knight has built a strong rapport among non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal people through her volunteer work within Bourke and the surrounding area.  Julie discusses her journey over the last 30 years and what being a rural women means to her.
  • Little Wings: Richelle Koller, CEO of Little Wings talks about the not-for-profit organisation and the story of how Little Wings was able to step in and help the Garland Family from Rural NSW stay connected when their three-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and required extensive treatment in Sydney.
  • Asking farmers difficult questions earns respect, if not friends: After more than 30 years working with farmers and in relationship counselling, Lyn Sykes has earned the reputation as Australia's most respected and successful farm family facilitator through fearlessly asking the hard questions no-one wants to hear. Lyn offers a timely but grim warning to families battling drought, particularly male farmers.
  • The art of celebrating regional women: During her eight years living regionally, Sarah McEwan says she has witnessed the drive of rural women to actively change the practical, social and emotional experience of regional life - for themselves, their families, their friends and for their communities.
  • Men's matters: Dr John Ashfield talks about what makes men tick and how women can better help the men in their life when they are in distress.
  • Bright, strong and fearless: Agriculture is ingrained in the hearts and minds of three female students awarded at  2018 Horizon Scholarship. In this article they each share their vision for the future of women in Australian agriculture.

Call for stories

The 2019 annual issue of The Country Web will be published August 2019.

Contributions are required by 30 April 2019.

Email your contribution to or post to:

The Editor - The Country Web
Rural Women's Network, NSW DPI
Locked Bag 21
Orange  NSW  2800