SEVEN new members have been appointed and four reappointed to WA's Rural, Remote and Regional Women's Network Reference Group.
Agriculture Minister Kim Chance and Regional Development Minister Tom Stephens welcomed the new members and commended the network on its important contribution to women and communities in rural WA.
Nicole Egginton from Quairading has been appointed the new chair of the RRR Network.
Three indigenous women, Gail Bellotti and Lynne Mitchell both from Carnarvon and Jenny Okley from Bunbury, have been appointed to the RRR Reference Group.
The other new members are Wendy Newman of Dowerin, Julie Weir of Geraldton, Michele Bentink of Newman and Rosa Lincoln from Karratha.
They will join Nicole Egginton, Robyn Nicholas (Morawa), Georgina Taylor (Broomehill) and Elizabeth Hoek (Boddington), who have all been reappointed.
Other current members are Alex Malloch (Gascoyne), Jan Trenorden (Wyalkatchem) and Suzanne Rigney (Derby) for their first meeting later this month.
"These special women will bring a broad range of interests, expertise and background to the group, which has had a significant role in supporting and encouraging women right around WA during the last seven years," Mr Chance said.
"Reference group members play an integral role in setting the strategic direction of the RRR Network and providing a forum for issues and opportunities affecting rural women, their families and communities."
Mt Stephens said the new members, from different regional areas of the state, were acutely aware of issues that had an impact on women.
"The RRR Network has become a strong unifying link for women and their families," Mr Stephens said.
"The group has shared and disseminated information to thousands of individuals and communities across regional WA, helping them to realise their visions and goals."
Both Ministers thanked the retiring chair, Cathy Broad (Carnarvon), and other retiring members Dianne Enright (Mt Barker), Lorraine McArthur (Busselton) and Pam Glossop (Karratha) for their valuable contribution to the network.
The network is a joint initiative by the Departments of Agriculture and Local Government and Regional Development.