Thriving women

Clare Scriven

There is a bright future ahead for women in agriculture and regional communities.

I had the great pleasure this week of listening to current and future female leaders in the agribusiness sector at the Thriving Women’s Conference in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, organised by Women Learning Together (WoTL).

I am proud that the State Government, through PIRSA, sponsors this important conference that recognises the very significant role women play in the agricultural sector and in regional communities.

Several women shared their powerful stories of facing and overcoming barriers, juggling work/family/life priorities, introducing innovations and how to turn perceived ‘failures’ into

opportunities to learn, grow and ultimately succeed.

I was also able to share some of my own experiences as a regional woman, and particularly to encourage regional people to put their hands up to be involved in government boards. More

regional voices will improve the advice that is provided to government, and I encouraged every person there to register on, so that more regional people contribute to


I also encourage anyone reading this to consider whether their skills and experience could help in government decision-making, and then take the next step of registering their interest. Stronger

regional representation will make for stronger outcomes.

PIRSA also supports the Stepping Into Leadership Program each year to enable 15 women to participate in professional development and build their personal leadership skills. Participants also

benefit from ongoing support through individual coaching, mentoring and webinars.

Who do you know who might benefit from this program? Encourage them to find out more by contacting Executive Office Kim Blenkiron, via email or phone  0427 592 243.

Growing the agribusiness sector is a priority for us all, and women play a critical role in achieving that shared goal. The women I met this week demonstrated our agribusiness sector will go from

strength to strength!

Clare Scriven

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development