Spotlight on safety for women in agriculture

Women across the Orana region are urged to register for one of the NSW Government’s free Women in Agriculture Lunch and Learn events.

In partnership with Essential Energy, the 20 free events kick off state-wide on 1 June until 15 July, focusing on safety while working in rural settings.

Member for the Dubbo electorate and Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Dugald Saunders said women in Dubbo, Nyngan, Walgett and surrounding areas can influence improved health and safety outcomes as they are often at the forefront of rural workplaces, which commonly double up as households.

“Women are often at the centre of making business decisions, running the farm, and managing family life throughout the day, playing a critical role in building a culture of safety,” Mr Saunders said.

“The Lunch and Learn series is an opportunity to hold real discussions around the prevention of injury and death in the agricultural sector.”

Women in Agriculture Lunch and Learn events will be held in Dubbo on June 15, Nyngan on June 16, and Walgett on June 22. Events will run for two and a half hours with a light lunch to be provided.

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.

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:

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

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