Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

The re-established and revitalised Victorian Rural Women’s Network is nearly here.

From 1 July, thousands of rural and regional women in towns, farms and boardrooms across Victoria will have a new place to connect, share ideas, learn and find out about events and opportunities.

The Rural Women’s Network will reduce distance and disconnection for women living in isolated areas through the E- newsletters, a networking platform, social media and regular e-updates.

It will provide a one stop shop for information about mentoring, leadership opportunities and inspiring stories, as well as events and ideas.

Harriet Shing, Member for Eastern Victoria, welcomed the re-establishment of the much loved network after it was disbanded by the former Coalition Government in 2013, in what is a win for regional women across Victoria, who will now have a coordinated voice.

The Andrews Labor Government will provide $1.7 million to support the Network to promote women’s economic participation, professional development, and wellbeing through information about health and education services.

For more information, and to join the more than 300 members who have already signed up to the network, visit

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing

“This is a fantastic opportunity for women who live and work in regional and rural Victoria to come together, share information and lead the agricultural agenda.”

“The return of a bigger, better Rural Women’s Network will help more women across Gippsland to be recognised, to be heard and to get involved in their communities, workforces and in leadership roles.”