LEADER: Melissa Barnett is the new QRRRWN president.
LEADER: Melissa Barnett is the new QRRRWN president. Helen Spelitis

Burnett farmer to take lead in QRRRWN

A SOUTH Burnett farmer has been appointed the new president of the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network.

In a statement the QRRRWN said Melissa Barnett had been named the president for 2017-18.

"Melissa and her husband are partners in a cattle producing enterprise at Haly Creek in the South Burnett,” the network said.

"She also manages a farm stay business and a vineyard on the property.

"Melissa began her career as a nurse before gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Post-Graduate degree in Library and Information Management and a Graduate Diploma in Writing, Editing and Publishing.

"She has been the senior journalist for online business-to-business website, Forkliftaction since 2009 and also writes freelance.”

Mrs Barnett lived in Brisbane for 29 years, though returned to the family property with her husband and son in 2011. She is the immediate past-president of the Barambah branch of the QRRRWN and feels that it is vital that people involve themselves in the community.

"The paddock to plate movement and the arts are her passions and she would love to be more involved in bringing those two aspects of rural and regional Australia to a wider audience,” the network said.

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