Local female macadamia growers are gathering for the first of a series of Women in Macadamias events which aim to provide a welcoming space for growers to meet while learning more about machinery.
Hosted by Suzanne Fleming at her and husband Bryce’s macadamia farm in Woongarra, the event brings women together to network and provide a practical focus on safe and efficient machinery operations.
The Bundaberg launch is the first of four events to be held in key macadamia growing regions including Glass House Mountains, Northern Rivers NSW and Clarence Valley NSW by the peak industry body, the Australian Macadamia Society.
More than 20 female Bundaberg macadamia growers are participating and given practical machinery demonstrations and an opportunity to take part in an open forum.
Industry development manager Leoni Kojetin said women made an enormous contribution to the Australian macadamia industry.
“At the AMS, we are committed to creating an environment that encourages women’s participation in industry and decision making at all levels,” Leoni said.
“The Women in Macadamias initiative will offer safe spaces for women to participate in activities that build their confidence and skills, as well as networking and mentorship opportunities for all women in our industry.
“It will also offer opportunities for women to be represented at all levels of industry, including leadership roles and will showcase and celebrate the achievements of women in our industry.”