Albany branch forms to give Women in Farming a chance to connect while sharing knowledge and ideas

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Women in Farming Albany branch treasurer Natasha Hull, president Haylee Pitts and secretary Christine Howard.
Camera IconWomen in Farming Albany branch treasurer Natasha Hull, president Haylee Pitts and secretary Christine Howard. Credit: Laurie Benson

Women in Farming has officially expanded its presence to Albany following the first meeting of a new branch this week.

The Albany WIF branch is the 12th established in regional WA since the organisation was first set up in 2009 by five women sitting around a table in Varley.

Haylee Pitts will be the branch’s inaugural president and she will be joined by Natasha Hull and Christine Howard as secretary and treasurer.

Ms Pitts said the branch had been established to help women in farming build networks as well as to share their knowledge and ideas.

“The group has been designed to ‘fill a gap’ which varies between each branch,” she said.

“The Albany branch has gained strong interest from women who are eager to become part of the group.

“We have also been very lucky in having organisations reach out to our branch to present on many new laws, finance, work health and safety etcetera.”

Nine new members came together for the first meeting on Tuesday morning.

Ms Pitts said the meeting largely focused on administrative matters such as setting branch fees and who would take on leadership roles.

“We also discussed topics we wish to get professional speakers in to cover, courses we may choose to do as a group for future meetings and possible field outings,” she said.

The branch will meet on the first Thursday of every month with location to be confirmed.

Anyone interested in joining the branch can follow the links to the Albany branch from the Women in Farming website or reach out to Ms Pitts for more information: Haylee.pitts@rabobank.com

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