Queensland’s rural, regional and remote women’s potential will be boosted by an ambitious new initiative supported by the Australian Government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Program. The three-year project TripleR Qld Women Towards 2030 to be rolled out across 9 Queensland locations will provide direct support to up to 84 women who are ready to take the next step in their work or business.
President of Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN), Tracey Martin, from Home Hill, said she is thrilled to see that this issue is attracting support from the Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet to show what RRR women can achieve with the right opportunities.
‘Engagement within QRRRWN’s network showed how keen women are to build their business skills and find opportunities in non-traditional and emerging technology opportunities,’ Ms Martin said. ‘We know that women on the land and in regional locations have a powerful appetite to apply their knowledge and understanding to tackle problems and find solutions. These might be problems in farm and production management, in transport and logistics, in tourism, industry, community, health and well-being. This project will act as an incubator for RRR women’s dreams for economic security and building leadership capacity.’
The Australian Government’s grant of $850,000 over three years will support three 10-month phases in 9 clusters through on-line skills training sessions supplemented by face-to-face workshops will address effective networking, fundamentals of business writing, negotiation skills, people management, presentation skills, resilience, project pitching. Additional support links learners with experienced mentors across each 10-month phase.
‘We are very grateful to Dr Pamela Greet and the QRRRWN Grants Team for following through with their vision for this program’ enthused Tracey.
‘Issues of isolation, accessibility to training opportunities, the appropriateness of content, and concerns about disconnection have been carefully considered in our project design,’ Tracey explained. ‘QRRRWN has had a lot of success over the last few years in building strong engagement through-online platforms. But we do not discount the importance of support so RRR women can meet face to- face to encourage and learn from each other.’