2023 Australian Women in Agriculture conference  

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awia-logo black2023 Australian Women in Agriculture conference  

More than 80 women from across Australia gathered in Central Victoria on the weekend at the 2023 Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA) conference 

The first held in Bendigo, the conference discussed the major issues and prospects facing agriculture, with the aim of connecting women in ag nationwide.  


The Victoria Drought Resilience Adoption & Innovation Hub was proud to sponsor the two-day event, at which 12 speakers discussed sustainable and innovative futures, shaping the landscape, the place of technology, success linked to a modern and sustainable circular economy, carbon accounting and ESG in agriculture, succession and strategic planning, among other topics.  

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Vic Hub Operations Manager Anita Chennell and Admin Assistant Emma O’Halloran attended the event, along with Dr Sara Hely (pictured right in green) and Project Officer Rhiannan McPhee (pictured on Sara’s left) from the Vic Hub’s North-East Node, Riverine Plains Inc 

Dr Sara Hely, who is Riverine Plains’ Chief Operating Officer said, “Attending the AWiA event on behalf of Riverine Plains was such a wonderful opportunity for Rhiannan and myself to make connections, be inspired and spend time with incredible women leaders, entrepreneurs and farmers.  

“We came away filled with ideas and really looking forward to further collaboration with AWiA and the women in agriculture we met and were inspired by.”  

Vic Hub Admin Assistant Emma O’Halloran echoed the sentiment. “It was great; attending the Australian Women in Agriculture event was  inspiring – listening to the stories of incredible women in the industry was a powerful and motivating experience.” 

MC’d by Kimberley Furness, founder of Oak Magazine, guest speakers included: Natalie Collard, CEO Farmers for Climate Action; Claire Harris from Hoedowns For Country Towns;  Suzie Shearer, founder of Coolabah Turf; Angela Harrison, National Manager Member Services for AgSafe; Kat Bidstrup, CEO of Think Digital; Dylan Byrne from BDO Australia; Nat Dowling from Wander into Wildness; AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award 2023 Winner Nikki Davey of Grown not Flown; AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award 2020 Winner Kelly Barnes; Ally Paterson from Tekoa Farms; and Dianna Jacobsen from Shine at Business 

Vic Hub was proud to sponsor the 2023 AWiA conference at Bendigo Vic Hub was proud to sponsor the 2023 AWiA conference at Bendigo Vic Hub was proud to sponsor the 2023 AWiA conference at Bendigo