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CFA women more than farmers
A CFA volunteer from Gippsland has represented the emergency services organisation at the 2016 annual Women on Farms Gathering.
Swifts Creek Fire Brigade member Robyn Sandy attended the Women on Farms Gathering in Hopetoun from 18 – 20 March after being nominated to attend by CFA.
Robyn has been a member of the Swifts Creek brigade for 13 years and has been instrumental in supporting its continual operations.
The Women on Farms Gathering was sponsored by the CFA with the aim of bringing together women from diverse rural backgrounds across the state to network and share their ideas and experiences of life in regional Victoria.
Topics covered over the three days included the use of social media and internet risks, allowing change to be a choice in managing health issues, and innovative ways to share information especially in researching historical documents using Ancestry.com and Trove.
The gatherings are held in a different town each year and help promote the role of rural women as farmers, skilled business owners and community leaders.
Robyn said she hoped her presence inspired other women to join their local brigade as a way of engaging their community.
“There is a role for anyone, whether that’s on the fire ground or behind the scenes in your local fire station assisting the efforts on the ground with logistics, resourcing and communications,” she said.