2018 Conference Program

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD – Celebrating 25 years of Australian WOmen in Agriculture

The AWiA Board and Conference Committee look forward to welcoming all our conference delegates, presenters, sponsors and supporters to the 2018 Australian Women in Agriculture Conference from the 17 – 19 August 2018

This year the conference is being held in Shepparton, in Northern Victoria, which is essentially where it all began. We are celebrating 25 years of Australian Women in Agriculture with the conference theme of Looking Back, Looking Forward and will feature conference sessions that celebrate the past, present and future of Australian Women in Agriculture.

Our program, will be as follows:

Friday 17 August

3 pm Catch Up, Chat & Coffee – Eastbank Centre – AWiA General Meeting and Invisible Farmer Project Presentation

6 pm –10.30 pm Opening Cocktail Event – Shepparton Motor Museum

Saturday 18 August

8.30 am – 5.00 pm – Conference Sessions – Eastbank Centre

6.30 pm – 2018 AWiA Gala Dinner – Olivehouse Event & Function Venue

Sunday 19 August

9 am – AWiA AGM – Shepparton RSL

10.30 am – Conference Tours – depart from Eastbank

Our conference tours will follow our conference themes of past, present and future.

Past Tour:

Our past tour bus will head over the historic Port of Echuca for a guided walking tour, followed by lunch in the historic almost 160 year old Henry’s Bridge Hotel and a cruise of the Murray River aboard a genuine Paddle Steamer that is over 150 years old

You will experience the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre  as part of your tour, as well as time to explore the historic port and shops in the port precinct.

Present Tour:

Our present tour will feature  leading farmers and innovative agriculturalists within the Strathbogie Shire Region.  We will be accompanied and guided by Mayor of Strathbogie Shire Amanda McClaren, whom also owns Yapunyah Meadow Grazed Chickens. The tour visits will include  wineries with a focus on sustainable development and the paddock to plate market, producers that specialise in niche products and enjoy lunch that will feature regional produce matched with the region’s wines. Time permitting, we will also visit the Macarthur Monument.

Future Tour:

The future tour bus will head out to Dookie College, the University of Melbourne’s Agricultural Campus. Along with being a working farm, the campus has some of the leading technology and research being done in Australia. This includes an ultra-modern dairy comprises robotic milking machines, milking shed and feeding systems with capacity for 180 cows and the Goulburn Broken Indigenous Seedbank which is collecting, preserving, treating and providing indigenous seed mixes for direct seeding purposes to land holders and land care groups.

Fiona Lake will also give an in-depth presentation and practical demonstration of drones and their use in agriculture. There may also be an opportunity for tour attendees to try to ‘fly’ a drone.

Lunch will be at Tallis Wine, a farming business that has grown broad acre crops, sheep and cattle to the Tallis Wine Cellar Door. “Wine grape varieties were selected not only because we love them, but for their special relationship with this unique viticultural environment. “.

Following Lunch we will visit a Riverine Plains Research Site and Rich Glen Olive Estate.