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Ladies Luncheon 2023

Riverine Plains is excited to host the inaugural Ladies Luncheon on Saturday 14 October 2023 at St Leonard’s Vineyard, Wahgunyah, in celebration of International Rural Women’s Day.

Riverine Plains is hosting a Ladies Luncheon on Saturday 14 October 2023 at St Leonard’s Vineyard, Wahgunyah, in celebration of International Rural Women’s Day.

The day is being held in conjunction with partner GrainGrowers and features award-winning ABC Journalist, Sally Sara, as well as GrainGrowers CEO, Shona Gawel.

Riverine Plains Chief Operating Officer, Dr Sara Hely, said that the day is all about celebrating the positive influence and contributions of women in agriculture and our regional communities.

“Women play such an important role in local businesses and farming, as well as in their communities, and our Ladies Luncheon is all about recognising and celebrating the everyday, and often unheralded, contributions women make to rural life.

“The day is a chance to celebrate and have fun over a delicious meal in a great location, and we are also aiming to inspire local women to think about their next challenge or ‘what’s possible’ moment, by hearing from some truly inspirational speakers,” Dr Hely said.

Riverine Plains is extremely excited to have ABC journalist, writer and author, Sally Sara join us to share stories from her career, as well as her experiences as a foreign correspondent reporting from countries including Iraq, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone.

We are also thrilled to have GrainGrowers CEO Shona Gawel speak on her experiences as a woman in agriculture and some of the turns her journey has taken.

“The Australian grains industry has a multitude of opportunities and there’s so many waiting for you,” she said.

“My advice to any aspiring female leaders in ag is to always be yourself – it can be hard to be comfortable in your own skin, but it truly is where you’ll be your best,” she added.

There will also be a panel featuring Sally Sara, Shona Gawel and Riverine Plains Chair and local farmer Fiona Marshall.

The Riverine Plains Ladies Luncheon will be held on Saturday 14 October from 12 noon to 4pm at St Leonard’s Vineyard, Wahgunyah and all are welcome.

Tickets are $90 ($45 for Riverine Plains members) and include canapes, a two-course meal, drinks, bus pick up and drop off from Albury, Yarrawonga, Rutherglen and Benalla.

Ticket sales for this event are closed.

This project is also supported by funding by FRRR, through funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.


Michelle Pardy
Communications Manager Bachelor of Agricultural Science

18 September 2023



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