ESTABLISHED IN 1996 TO REPRESENT RURAL, REGIONAL AND REMOTE WOMEN IN WA
From 1996 until 2016 the Rural, Remote and Regional Women's Network of WA (RRR Reference Group) existed as a Ministerial Reference Group.
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For 20 years the RRR Reference Group comprised of 15 members, appointed by the Minister of the day, via a public application process, to provide advice and feedback to both the Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for Regional Development on issues impacting women and their communities in rural and regional WA.
In addition, an Executive Officer allocated to the RRR Reference Group managed the WA Rural Women’s Awards promotion, judging and event ceremony since the inception of the National Rural Women’s Award in 2000; and oversaw production a quarterly magazine with a 10,000 edition print run, posted to around 7,000 households for free and distributed at rural field days, shows and events.
The RRR Reference Group members were selected to represent a broad range of interests, expertise, demographic, background and geographic spread, and provided a valued forum for important issues to be communicated to government. Likewise, the RRR Reference Group was used by government to consider policy initiatives with a focus on providing the WA government with a better understanding of possible impacts of policy changes on communities outside of the Perth metropolitan area.
Some issues considered by the RRR Reference Group, with the permission of their Ministers, in more recent years included:
- Access to suitable palliative care for terminally ill children and young people in regional locations.
- Feedback to an inquiry into the Removal of Senior School Allocation Funding for Year 11 and 12 Courses at District High Schools.
- Advise on the impact of Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed reforms in childcare and early education on small WA communities.
- Feedback on the impact to remote families of transitioning Year 7 from primary school to high school.
During the 20 years as a Ministerial Reference Group, the RRR was resourced with 1 full time Executive Officer, and funding to host the annual Rural Women’s Awards in partnership with commercial sponsors. Funding was also allocated to produce and post the RRR Magazine.
Our Purpose and Vision
Our vision is to ENGAGE, INFLUENCE AND DEVELOP a strong, connected and influential network of Rural, Regional and Remote women to create better outcomes for Rural, Regional and Remote Western Australia.
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