Regional women leading the way

The Victorian Government is encouraging women making a difference in regional Victoria to apply for a place on the Victorian Rural Women’s Network to develop their leadership skills and advocate for country communities.

Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes launched the 2020 intake of the Victorian Rural Women’s Network Leadership and Mentoring Program, with Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas, at a cattle farm in Fern Hill, the home of 2019 participant Caroline Thomson.

The $500,000 program provides funded places on a range of leadership programs targeted to rural Victorian women connected to agriculture. The programs offer opportunities for training along the many stages of the leadership journey.

The Victorian Rural Women’s Network is partnering with four established leadership training providers to deliver these prestigious programs, which have already supported thirteen outstanding Victorian women since the program launched in August 2018.

Caroline Thomson is a Senior Agribusiness and Food Manager at ANZ, and as part of 2019’s Leadership and Mentoring Program received a funded place on The Observership Program, for emerging leaders to position to become future board directors.

The Leadership and Mentoring program, alongside other initiatives including the AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award and the Invisible Farmer Project, is part of the Victorian Government’s ongoing support for rural and regional women.

Source: Vic Government