Lynelle Boyle of Rosemount Turf and Sarah Mason of Coast Turf
The concept behind the new initiative of Women In Turf conference was that women are represented in many aspects of the turf industry and that by coming together, they could learn from one another to help develop the businesses they work in and for. Those who attended the conference had a range of experience in the industry – from newcomers to those with decades of industry knowledge. The common factor for all at the event was that they were all very engaged, passionate and keen to learn and share. There was a variety of informative and engaging topics discussed at the event, from payroll tax, work health and safety to mental health but the resounding success of the event was listening to the stories of our women in the industry. Lynelle Boyle of Rosemount Turf, Suz Shearer of Coolabah Turf and Sarah Mason of Coast Turf all shared
their individual stories of how they were either married or born into turf farming. They were very generous in sharing their stories, their challenges and their successes. There were many highlights of the event but a few significant moments were: the youngest member of Women In Turf, little Addison Baker who sat through the whole conference and was a complete delight- one very happy little girl! Seeing ladies who hadn’t met previously open up to each other and share ideas, experiences and laughs and, finally, a great quote from one of the ladies, “finally I don’t feel alone”. The success of the event was evident when asked what the ladies wanted for future events. It was agreed that the event continue annually and be held early in the year. So, plans are underway for the 2020 event.
... women are represented in many aspects of the turf industry and that by coming together, they could learn from one another to help develop the businesses they work in and for. The group has a Facebook page: Women in Turf Australia. All ladies of the industry are welcome to join the group and share ideas, stories and have a laugh.
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