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La Trobe Honors Distinguished Alummni

I'm honoured to have been recognised with a Distinguished Alumni Award from La Trobe University. 

My work over the past thirty years in gender equality, rural community development and sustainable agriculture began with my Arts and then Social Work degrees at La Trobe University.  I would not have been able to do the work I have done if it were not for free university education in the 1970s that made it possible for thousands of young rural women like me to be first-generation graduates.

My contribution to the Rural Women’s Movement in Australia, to sustainable agriculture, to rural leadership development, and recently the democracy project Voices for Indi is a result  of that investment made in me.

I am delighted  to have been recognised along with  journalist, author, ABC Melbourne radio and television presenter Virginia Trioli, SecondBite founder Simone Carson, Professor John Hopper AM and young achievers Dr Batool Albatat and AFL Women's star Daisy Pearce. I thank La Trobe University for recognising my work.

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Recent Speaking Engagements

La Trobe University – interview with Historian Clare Wright
Shepparton, October 2019

ABC Radio – World Rural Women’s Day

October 2019

Victorian Women’s Trust – Economic Justice Forum

Northcote Townhall, August 2019

Vic. Rural Women’s Network
Melbourne, May 2019

Our Catchments Our Communities Conference
Lancefield, May 2019

‘About Bloody Time’ - Book Launch
Carlton, May 2019
ABC Radio – Indi Election Campaign
May 2019

Bendigo Council
Bendigo, May 2019

Wall to Wall Street Art Project

Benalla, April 2019

Indi Candidate Selection Forum + ABC Radio/WIN TV

Benalla, April 2019

Festival of Change
Beechworth, April 2019

Community Leadership & Social Change
University of Melbourne , Feb 2019

Previous Speaking Engagements

Community Leadership and Social Change
University of Melbourne , Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Feb 2016

Building Participatory Democracy

Community Radio Feb 2016

Indi Summit

Benalla, October 2015

AWiA delegation to Federal Ministers & MPs
Canberra, September 2015

Aust. Women in Agric national conference
Alice Springs, July 2015

Rural Policy That Works with visiting Irish Professor Sally Shortall
The Centre, Wangaratta, April 2015

Benalla Talks Farming Forum
Benalla, March 2015

Community Leadership and Social Change
Agricultural Sciences Feb 2015
INDI – The Road to Canberra film launch

Cinema Nova, Carlton, November 2014
Inaugural 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness conference
Melbourne October 2014
Celebrating 20 years of Tasmanian
Women in Agriculture

May 2014 Circular Head, Tasmania
Women of the Valleys
May 2014, Whitfield
How do you get your voice heard?
May 2014 Radio National – Life Matters
Using a Wide Angle Lens
April 2014 Monash University, Caulfield
RIRDC Rural Women’s Award
March 2014 Parliament House, Melbourne
Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program Conference
March 2014, Wodonga
RIRDC Rural Women’s Award
March 2014 Parliament House, Darwin
National Rural Women’s Conference
Canberra 2013
Australian Women in Agriculture 20th
Anniversary Conference
WA 2013
Alexandra Club
Melbourne 2013
Trust for Nature
Melbourne 2013
National Rural Women’s Award Luncheon Canberra 2013
Voice for Indi Report Presentation
Wangaratta 2013
ABARES Outlook conference
Canberra 2012
Family Legacy & Philanthropy
Mac Robertson High School April  2016

Vic. Minister for Agriculture –
Women’s Forum

Parliament House May 2016

Wheeler Centre
Melbourne, September 2015
Rural Focus event

National Rural Social Work conference

Shepparton, July 2015

Argentine Rural Society
Buenos Aires, July 2015

RIRDC Rural Women’s Award, Victorian Alumni
Melbourne March 2015

Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program
Wangaratta, March 2015

Commonwealth Government Rural Summit
Victoria 2012 Aust. Dairy Business of the Year
Australian Women in Agriculture conf.
Aust. Dairy Business of the Year awards
National Aust. Bank Agribusiness Awards
ABC Q&A panel
Municipal Assoc. Victoria conference
Melbourne 2011
Gender & Climate Change conference
Prato Italy 2011
Rural Social Workers conference
keynote Victoria 2011
Victorian Rural Press Club
Melbourne 2011
RIRDC awards ceremony
Parliament House Canberra 2011
Monash University
sessional lectures 2009 - 2011
New Rural Industries Australia conference
Gold Coast 2010
International Agriculture Exchange Association conference
Sweden 2010
Women's Words of Wisdom
author pub. KPMedia 2010
Rural Women Leading Change DPCD
facilitator Melbourne 2010
GRDC Guide to Succession
author 2010
ABARE Outlook Regional conf.
address 2010