WIFE has success in networking rural women

28 Oct, 2015 01:00 AM
The WIFE committee has exciting times ahead as the network continues to expand across WA.
The WIFE committee has exciting times ahead as the network continues to expand across WA.

WOMEN In Farming Enterprises (WIFE) is is a homegrown success story, expanding across WA's agricultural regions to include 120 members and seven branches.

WIFE last week held its third annual seminar in Varley for a group of 70 and it touched on topics including building strong family farm models and human resource management.

WIFE chair and member of the Varley branch Anna-Lisa Newman said interest was continuing to grow in the WIFE concept as women took the lead in helping run the farm.

She said rural women encountered problems in isolation from their peers and needing to self-educate without the ability to learn from others.

The concept has taken the next step from the traditional workshops many attend, by inviting industry leaders to speak to the WIFE groups and then allowing the members to bounce ideas off each other, Ms Newman said.

Ms Newman said WIFE was helping to change the way people do business across WA.

She said this year's seminar had proved a big success, with all feedback coming in being positive and constructive in readiness for the 2016 WIFE seminar to be held in the West Arthur region.

The structure of WIFE has been altered in the past 12 months as the group has grown to feature an overarching WIFE body of which branches become members.

"We've had inquiries from all over and we wanted to take advantage of those inquiries and one of our members, Lynette Gittos, was in a position where she could travel and visit and help new groups form," Ms Newman said.

"We figure keeping us all connected by the umbrella organisation is great, as we're able to run our own groups and share with the new branches to get them up and running quickly.

"The girls out there are really keen.

"It's just filling that need for women to have an active role on the farm as there hasn't been a network for these people before.

"We're not about reinventing the wheel, people go and do workshops but they bring that back and discuss it further within the WIFE network."

This year's speakers included Telstra Country Wide's Boyd Brown, Penny Griffin from the Department of Commerce talking on the Royalties for Regions Telecommunications Project, and Dennis Hoiberg from Lessons Learnt.



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