Bligh gives Qld rural women a greater say
Bligh gives Qld rural women a greater say

Improving the lifestyle opportunities for women and children in rural communities will be the focus of the Queensland Government's inaugural Rural Women's Symposium, Premier Anna Bligh announced in Kingaroy.

"The first of these will be in Roma during August," said Ms Bligh.

In recognition of International Women's Day on March 8, the Premier and Local Government Minister Warren Pitt announced details of the symposium.

"The Rural Women's Symposium will be held each year for the next three years in various regional centres.

"We want to harness the enthusiasm of rural women and their families and scope what we can collectively achieve to meet the Government's Blueprint for the Bush vision.

"That vision is to build a sustainable, liveable and prosperous rural Queensland," Ms Bigh said.

"This can only happen when the women and children of rural Queensland are confident of maintaining their lifestyle in rural locations.

"Women are the key drivers and motivators for revitalising rural communities and we want to focus on how to make rural towns and communities better places for women to live in."

Ms Bligh said the inaugural symposium in Roma would explore what was currently happening across rural Queensland to help foster and develop roles and opportunities for women.

"I want this symposium to be able to proudly announce what has been achieved thus far and then reflect on what we could do better," she said.

Mr Pitt said key issues to be discussed would include access to quality education, workforce participation and skill development, birth choices, transport options and community welfare.

"All of the members from relevant peak bodies, including the Rural Women's Network, the Country Women's Association and AgForce Queensland, will be invited to participate.

"I am enthusiastic about providing rural women with an opportunity to discuss the options for improving the rural lifestyle and making it more attractive to other women and their families.

"The symposium will provide an opportunity for the Government, through its Blueprint for the Bush Strategy, to formulate closer links with women and their families and to continue building a sense of confidence in rural and remote communities across Queensland," Mr Pitt said