WOMEN'S LUNCH: Kathleen Freeman, Mikaela Greenslade, Kate Perrett, Olivia Frahm, and Skye Douglas.
WOMEN'S LUNCH: Kathleen Freeman, Mikaela Greenslade, Kate Perrett, Olivia Frahm, and Skye Douglas. Madeline Grace

Ladies do lunch for International Rural Women's Day

MORE than 30 South Burnett women got together to celebrate and empower each other over lunch for World Food Day and International Rural Women's Day.

The luncheon was at the Hidden Gold Homestead and showcased three South Burnett women, all with inspiring stories and different rural perspectives.

Kayleen Freeman, Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network youth program facilitator and Nanango teacher, said it was important for rural women to band together.

"We just wanted to get a social group together for World Food Day and International Women's Day," Ms Freeman said.

"So we've got our locally grown girls and then all of the produce we've got here is also locally grown.

"It's been a way of promoting and celebrating our rural industries and services in the South Burnett."

Ms Freeman said it was important to stay local to sustain our community.

"We need to do this to sustain our infrastructure, produce, and people," she said. "We need to have people living and working here for us to survive as an industry. We all need those services; health, education, and produce.

"It's important we stay rural. Which is why we've had three girls who all grew up rurally and now live rurally speak here."

Mikaela Greenslade (24 years old), Kate Perrett (17), and Olivia Frahm (19) spoke at the luncheon.

All of the girls spoke about their work, career aspirations, and the important role rural women play in the Burnett community.

"It's really close to my heart," Ms Greenslade said.

"I wouldn't want to live or work anywhere else."

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