Agriculture's leading women invited to talk safety

The NSW Government’s Women in Agriculture Lunch and Learn series is making its way to Gunnedah on the 29th of June to shine a light on safety for farming families.

The event, held in partnership with Essential Energy and SafeWork NSW is targeted at women working on farms or connected to the agricultural/rural industry.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson invited women from around the electorate to attend the free event to gain the skills they need to improve safety on farms.

“Women are the heart and soul of family farms, often making business decisions, running the farms, and managing family life throughout the day,” Mr Anderson said.

“Women are the driving force behind changing safety culture on farms and this Lunch and Learn series is an opportunity to hold those discussions around the prevention of injury and death in the agricultural sector.”

Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said the series will cover issues including working near electricity, emergency preparedness and response, safety around farm vehicles, and at-risk workers and contractors.

“Tragically, farming accounts for one in every five worker deaths. That’s why these events are so important for the women at the centre of farming families – to provide essential safety resources and encourage safe farming practices,” Ms Petinos said.

“After the success of last year’s inaugural sessions, we have almost doubled the number of events this year to expand our reach to more women across regional towns.”

The interactive event will provide participants with the opportunity to speak with presenters connected to the sector and network with like-minded women in agriculture.

Attendees may be eligible to apply for the following rebate programs:

•           Small business rebate of up to $1,000

•           Quad bike safety improvement program up to the value of $2,000

•           Aerial marker installation free of charge

The event will run for two and a half hours with a light lunch to be provided.

To attend the SafeWork NSW Women in Agriculture Lunch and Learn events register here or contact 13 10 50.

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