Farming women unite for support

FARMING WOMEN: Jasmin Piggott, Helen Lamont, Jeanette Long and Lisa Baldock at the Kimba ladies' day.
FARMING WOMEN: Jasmin Piggott, Helen Lamont, Jeanette Long and Lisa Baldock at the Kimba ladies' day.

A ladies' day providing opportunities for farming women to learn more about agriculture and drought support services has been a success, with more than 20 women from across the region spending a day together in Kimba.

The 'Surviving the Dry' ladies' day was held on Tuesday at the Kimba Hotel and attracted women from as far as Wudinna and Port Neill.

Speakers from various organisations offering support to drought-affected families gave talks, as well as local farmer Dion Woolford who spoke about techniques his family is using to maintain stock through the dry conditions.

Event organiser Lisa Baldock said it was "fabulous" to see women from different communities come together for the day, including some she had not met before.

"It gives us all more opportunities to meet new people... it's just giving us that wider net and that wider support," she said.

"People that have never met each other have had a coffee and a chat."

Ms Baldock said the women were encouraged to sit near different people to get to know each other.

She said it was important to provide a safe environment for women to share their stories about dealing with the impacts of drought and finding others in similar situations.

"It's a conversation to be had and it's not taboo... hopefully some free flowing conversations come out of this for people," she said.

Ms Baldock said Ag Consulting Co's Jeanette Long gave the women tools to prepare themselves and their family for the tough conversations with each other and professional services that come in difficult times, and Libby Baldock of Rural Business Support and Jasmin Piggott of Red Cross gave helpful information about support services.

She said there would be more similar workshops in the new year; some specifically for women and some for men and women to attend together.