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Kay sharing her love of animals on the Tommerup family farm, which has survived the threat of deregulation thanks to Kay’s innovation. Image: Contributed.

Free lunch for Richmond Valley farming women

The Nationals in NSW Government want to talk safety with Richmond Valley women who are involved in agriculture and are inviting them to a “Lunch and Learn” event at the Casino RSM Club on Tuesday 12 July, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis says.

“Farming can be a dangerous business and this initiative is about offering locals the latest information available on farm safety,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“This particular campaign is targeting women because we know women are often the ones making business decisions, running the farm, and managing family life throughout the day, playing a critical role in building a culture of safety,”

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

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.

The event will run for two and a half hours from 1100 am with a light lunch to be provided.

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