Connecting women, showing off region

Visitors and local Tasmanian Women in Agriculture members enjoy a lunch put on by locals at Temma during one of the tours featured in the weekend’s Women on Farms Gathering.

TWIA. Circular Head has wowed visitors from all over the state as local ladies hosted the 11th Women on Farms Gathering over the weekend.

Twelve months of planning went into organising the event – which sees Tasmanian Women in Agriculture members meet in a different region every two years, celebrating and connecting with others.

This year, it was Circular Head’s turn to show off its many assets.

The bunch of hard working volunteers are mostly new to the game, but according to the working committee’s chairperson Susan Wigg the three days of entertaining were “a success”.

More than 100 people attended the TWIA’s 20th anniversary dinner at Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre on Saturday night, with about as many attending the shopping extravaganza at Agritas the night before.

Local councillors and state politicians attended the dinner, put on by a small group of members.

Guest speaker Alana Johnson – the founding member of the Australian Women in Agriculture – spoke on the night, inspiring all those in attendance.

Tours to Woolnorth and Temma saw groups board buses to see the region’s more isolated spots, with Mrs Wigg citing feedback from commuters as being “surprised at the depth and scope of our primary industries, the west coast scenery and extensive green pastures”.

On Sunday, speakers from all walks of life joined for the community forum ‘What Makes a Good Leader’, attracting 70 people.

Mrs Wigg said her highlight of the gathering was the “genuine interest and desire to visit Circular Head and experience our scenery and diversification of our dairy, beef and kelp industries”.

She said she was pleasantly surprised, as people promised to return with their partners and experience more of what Circular Head has to offer.

The TWIA now has 10 new members following the weekend’s gathering, and Mrs Wigg said people with little farming experience are now planning to begin a career in agriculture, looking at AgriTas to support their endeavours.

Mrs Wigg thanked all those who helped and the many sponsors who made the non-profit event possible.

To find out more about the Tasmanian Women or to join up for free, go to www.twia.org.au or email Susan Wigg at susan.wigg@bigpond.com.

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