The NSW Government’s Women in Agriculture Lunch and Learn series in Temora on June 8 will shine a light on safety for farming families.

In partnership with Essential Energy, the 20 free events kick off state-wide from 1 June until 15 July, focusing on safety while working in rural settings.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said The Lunch and Learn series is an opportunity to hold real discussions around the prevention of injury and death in the agricultural sector.

“Mothers, wives and daughters are at the heart of a lot of farms and agri-businesses, and their influence is key to seeing change for the better and improving safety on the farm.” Ms Cooke said

“Women play a central role in farm life, they often make business decisions and keep the farm running while managing family life. Inviting them to discuss ways to prevent injury and death will be critical in shifting attitudes and creating safer workplace practices on the farm.”

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.

“After the success of last year’s inaugural sessions, we have almost doubled the number of events this year to expand our reach to more women across regional towns.”

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.

Attendees may be eligible to apply for the following rebate programs:

The event will run for two and a half hours 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.