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
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.
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.
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.
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. “.