It was my first Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network conference. It was the 20th year since the organisation began. It was also 20 years since I had been in central western Queensland. Much had changed. As had my appreciation of the many issues facing agriculture today. From the politics within the industry and its leadership to the corporatisation of the sector, pressures from competing land uses and greater consumer expectation of responsible production.
The theme of the conference was ‘women with heart, passion and purpose’. While familiar with industry conferences, this conference was personal. It spoke to and sought to give women working in the many facets of agriculture the confidence and support to speak on behalf of their industry, their communities and their families.