Tasmanian Women in Agriculture
P.O. Box 281
Latrobe 7307

Tel: 0428 523 035

taswomeninag@outlook.com

Tel: 0428 523 035

taswomeninag@outlook.com

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Belinda Hazell

Joined TWiA: Too long ago, I can't remember! 

Location: Sandford (Southern Tasmania)

Occupation: Principal Consultant at Optimum Standard

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? I lived on a small family farm and worked for an apple export business before living and workington our own mixed horticultural and beef enterprise in the Huon Valley from 1990.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? Connections with vibrant women who are passionate and proud of their roles in the primary industry. I learn and gain energy from every member I meet. 

Chair | Public Officer

Samantha Sullivan

Joined TWiA: 2017

Location: Launceston

Occupation: I joined TP Jones in 2012 as Marketing & Comms Manager

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? I became involved when I was hired by TP Jones.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? As a previous MORLP TWIA scholarship recipient, I have experienced first hand the opportunities TWIA creates for women working in the agribusiness sector. It is my honor to now be involved in an organisation that promotes such amazing opportunities to women in the Agribusiness sector.  

Chair Elect | Marketing & Communications | Training Co-ordinator

Mandy Cooper

Joined TWiA: I became a member in 2016 and joined the board in 2017.

Location: Willmores Bluff, Rowella, Tasmania.

Occupation: Part-time rural liaison pharmacist at the University of Tasmania and full-time sheep farmer.

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? I was brought up on a mixed farm at Nunamara and currently farm 500 acres at Rowella with my husband Carl.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? l enjoy feeling connected to and supported by other rural women.

Vice Chair

Angela Finch

Joined TWiA: 2018

Location: Karoola, Upper Pipers, Tasmania

Occupation: Manager at Barrett’s Creek Pastoral Company

How did you become involved in the rural industry? In 2016 when I met my partner. Though different industries my ultimate goal has been working for a comfortable life while doing something I love. Life now feels as though all the different journeys I have taken we’re leading to this life,  of carving out a future from the soil up, now I get to do it a place that offers so much more than just a place to work. 

 What do you love about being a member of the TWiA? The amazing women. The support. The inspiration. The stories. The strength of knowing you’re not in it alone, we maybe from different fields of this vast industry we but the commonality between us far outweighs the difference.

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Gillian Murdoch

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Andy Jackman

Joined TWiA: 2017

Location: Oldina (NW TAS)

Occupation: Dairy Farmer & Cheese Maker

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? By meeting my husband and continuing a career in the rural industry

What do you love about being a member of TWIA?  I love the passion of the TWIA members and their ongoing support they provide for women within rural industries in Tasmania

Membership Co-ordinator

Linda Groombridge

Joined TWiA: I became a member in February 2014 at the AGM.

Location: Kettering, Tasmania

Occupation: Office Admin/Quality Control Manager at Trial Bay Orchards

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? I married an apple grower in 1987, I didn’t work in the family business until after our children were born, I have been working full-time doing everything from the orchard to the packing shed for over 20 years.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? The chance to meet other rural women, the farm and study tours where we get an insight into the many diverse agricultural endeavours, and the opportunity to learn from some very inspirational and amazing women.

Major Events Co-ordinator | Executive Member

Vanessa Douglas

Joined TWiA:   2017

Location:   Perth TAS

Occupation:   Farmer; Accommodation Host

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry?  Married a farmer 

What do you love about being a member of TWIA?  Talking to other women about farming

Executive Member

Mhari Tucker

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Exective Member

Sophie Murfitt

Joined TWiA: 2016

Location: Nareeb, Victoria

Occupation: Area Representative for ProWay Livestock Equipment

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? I moved up to NSW to work on a farm after I finished school.

What do you love about being a member of TWIA? The connections you make with like minded people. 

Executive Member

Derani Power

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Emily Triffitt

Joined TWiA: March 2019

Location: Evandale, Tasmania

Occupation: Research and Extension Officer at Southern Farming Systems (SFS)

How did you become involved in the Rural Industry? After completing year 12, I decided to study Ag at the University of Tasmania and fell in love with the industry. I moved to NSW in 2018 to work with a corporate broadacre cropping company, and whilst I loved wide open spaces, Tasmania was always home. I moved back and started working with SFS in my current role and haven't looked back since!

What do you love about being a member of TWiA? I am so excited to become involved with such a range of vibrant and inspiring women, from a range of backgrounds, and hopefully shape the future of women in ag. 

Executive Member

Larna Pittiglio

Joined TWiA - When I first came to Tasmania about 5 years ago. 

Location - Ross, Northern Midlands

Occupation - Self-employed Caterer -  Grazing Tasmania

How did you become involved in the rural industry? - Initially it was through wanting to cook all the great Tasmanian produce that is available.  I started to build relationships with farmers who were making great produce.  We now live on a large rural farm and are growing a lot of our own food as well.

What do you love about being a member of TWiA? Constant inspiration!  Having a constant resource of amazing women involved in all aspects of agriculture and being about to share our skills in support of each other. 

Executive Member

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