Goondiwindi 12-14 September

Industry Tours

Join women from rural, regional and remote Queensland to hear thought-provoking and powerful speakers on a wide range of topics. Make new friends and greet old ones. Share the laughter, the achievements and the experiences. Learn new skills in the interactive workshops.




Ginger Gorman – Friday Keynote

Ginger Gorman is a fearless and multi award-winning social justice journalist. In the course of her 16-year media career she’s watched bodies burn at the crematorium, been strapped to a bondage wheel and recorded her own cancer treatment.

She’s interviewed everyone from eminent scientists and artists to hardened criminals and vicious Internet trolls.

She has an innate ability to connect and communicate with some of the most interesting and marginalised people in our community. Ginger works hard to translate those untold stories into powerful and insightful journalism.

In 2013, Ginger and her family suffered the effects of online hate first-hand, and it was this experience that set Ginger on her professional journey into the world of trolls. In 2017 her series of articles on trolling for Fairfax newspapers in Australia went viral and became some of the most read Australian stories of the year. She is now in demand as an expert on online hate and has written and spoken extensively about trolling and social media self-defence in Australian and global contexts. Her first book, Troll Hunting, was published in February 2019.


Sara Hales – Saturday Keynote

With a background in the cattle industry, media and aviation, Sara Hales is an experienced leader, mother, wife, business person and mentor.

From a teenage runaway working in the stock camps of the Barkly Tableland to General Manager of Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, Sara’s outstanding career and commitment to her core values of integrity and courage is an inspiring and uplifting story.

Today, Sara consults on leadership ethics, business and aviation topics, while operating as a keynote speaker and working together with her husband on their own business. Sara is passionate about the importance and power of women supporting each other, and the evolving role and vital contribution of women in leadership.


Jodie Fields – Youth Stream Keynote

Jodie Fields, former Australian Women’s Cricket Captain, was instrumental in the public rise of women’s cricket in Australia and remains heavily involved in the sport she loves so much.

Jodie captained the Australian women’s cricket team for five years and the Queensland women’s cricket team for six years. In 2013, Jodie was awarded the Queensland Sportswoman of the Year for her contribution to the game.

Jodie is an exceptional leader and has displayed that through her work in various leadership roles in sport, as well as in private business, not-for-profit organisations and state government.

Since retiring from competitive cricket, Jodie has put her inner drive and relentless commitment to great use. As well as commentating for the ABC during Cricket Australia elite matches and sharing her knowledge by coaching and mentoring up-and-coming players, Jodie also established the Jodie Fields Young Development Scholarship to support regional and remote young cricketers to further their journey in the sport.




Maddy Bento – The importance of nutrition for a thriving life and business!

Maddy Bento has a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine making her a qualified Clinical Nutritionist. Maddy loves helping others use nutrition to feel their best. Maddy conducts private consultations in her practice with clients from all walks of life, with different health issues and goals but has a particular passion for helping women. Supporting rural women to ensure they have access to health services and information is integral to Maddy’s practice. As Maddy has recently become anew mother herself she understands the importance of women supporting one another. Maddy can support a range of conditions such as eczema, acne, allergies, IBS, reflux but has a keen interest in women’s health and mental health. Maddy loves supporting women going through menopause, PCOS, endometriosis and experiencing PMS. Maddy’s aim is to ensure women feel empowered and not debilitated by their bodies. Maddy loves sharing her passion of nutrition and health to rural communities.


Sally Dickinson – The Murray Darling Basin plan, what it is and what it hopes to achieve.

Sally Dickinson grew up on the family sheep farm in Central Victoria and it was this love of farming and a rural lifestyle that has seen her career focussed on Sustainable Agriculture, Natural Resource Management and working with rural communities. After time spent working for State and Local Government in Victoria, Sally then worked in the cotton industry in Northern NSW/Southern QLD. She has recently embarked on an exciting and challenging role with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority based in Goondiwindi. Sally is passionate about supporting rural women and the integral role they play in agriculture and rural communities. Sally was previously on the Wincott-Women in Cotton Committee for 8 years including time spent as Chair. Outside of work you’ll find her competing in Campdrafts.


Kim Storey – What Does A Farmer Look Like?

Kim Storey grew up on a farm near Bathurst in NSW. She has always been interested in photography, using her Dad’s old camera to photograph everything in sight on the farm while she was growing. Kim never really thought of photography as a career, for her it was all about becoming a farmer. Because the farm at home wasn’t big enough for her to come home to, she headed off to Ag College at Orange and then worked for Elders in farm supplies and livestock production for the next 12 years.

Finally the photography bug bit again. Kim bought a little farm at Eugowra, left Elders and started a family and commercial photography business in 2015.

The What Does a Farmer Look Like? project began in late 2016 and has taken Kim right across Australia photographing and chatting to farmers producing a whole range of food and fibre. She has met some incredible people and hopes that her book makes a difference in improving the perception of farmers and farming.



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