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Awarded for service to Agriculture
Started in 1994
Entered on roll: 2013
Recognising women on farms.
Tasmanian Women in Agriculture (TWiA) are mothers, wives, partners in farms and fishing, and managers of agribusinesses. Many of them also work in towns. TWiA members have links with primary production and the special lifestyle and problems affecting rural families. They see themselves as, and are proud to be, rural women.
TWiA formed in 1994 and is recognised as Tasmania's largest voluntary organisation for rural women to seek connection, support and development opportunities. It has given rural women a united voice on important issues and government legislation that affect Tasmanian agriculture.
The group not only provides a shared vision for women in rural industries, but a strong and diverse support network for like-minded women who have experienced similar pressures and issues throughout their working and home lives.
TWiA has been a key player in the recognition of women and their skills in rural Tasmania. Since its inception, the number of women running rural businesses and participating on high level boards and committees has increased.
A number of TWiA's members are volunteer representatives on boards and committees including the: Rural Youth Advisory Committee; Rural Safety Awareness Council; National Rural Women's Coalition and Network; and the Tasmanian Rural Counselling Service and Community Review Committee - Threatened Species Unit.
TWiA has provided hundreds of programs for women and their families to improve their skills and confidence and to help cope with the changing and extreme circumstances of rural life. Programs have included: monthly discussion groups; Paddock to Parliament forums; child safety days; safe driver training; Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women's Awards; Marcus Oldham Leadership Award Scholarships; judging and sponsorship of the University of Tasmania's Agricultural Science Awards; Boot the Drought and Boot the Blues for rural women; Beyond the Farm tours, succession planning workshops; GST and quality assurance workshops; and computer and first aid training.