• Dave Layzell MP

GLOUCESTER WOMEN TO TALK FARM SAFETY

The NSW Government’s Women in Agriculture Lunch and Learn series at Gloucester on Thursday 9 June will shine a light on safety for farming families.


In partnership with Essential Energy, Gloucester is among the first of the 20 free events being held state-wide from this month until 15 July, focusing on safety while working in rural settings.


Member for Upper Hunter, Dave Layzell said women in the Gloucester region can influence improved health and safety outcomes as they are often at the forefront of rural workplaces, which commonly double up as households.

“Women are often the centre of making business decisions, running the farm, and managing family life throughout the day, playing a critical role in building a culture of safety,” Mr Layzell said.


“The Lunch and Learn series is an opportunity to hold real discussions around the prevention of injury and death in the agricultural sector.”

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:

· Small business rebate of up to $1,000

www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/1000-safework-small-business-rebate

· Quad bike safety improvement program up to the value of $2,000

www.safework.nsw.gov.au/hazards-a-z/quad-bikes-and-side-by-side-vehicles/rebates

· Aerial marker installation free of charge

www.essentialenergy.com.au/safety/aerial-markers


The event will run for two and a half hours on Thursday 9 June, 11:00am–1:30 pm, at Gloucester Country Club with a light lunch to be provided.

To attend the SafeWork NSW Women in Agriculture Lunch and Learn events register at www.eventbrite.com.au/o/safework-nsw-33287479609 or contact 13 10 50.