Spotlight on South Australia’s Women in Forestry

Friday 8 Dec 2017

The important role women play in agribusiness is being highlighted once again with four women from South Australia’s forestry industry profiled to help champion female participation and leadership in the sector.

The four women join the State Government’s Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions Strategy, which aims to grow the capacity of women in agribusiness sectors across the state by partnering with industry and the community.

The four women from the forestry industry are:

- Josie Jackson, Farmer and Revegetator – runs a native tree revegetation business in the South East, manages the stock side of the family farm and organises and hosts horse schools.
- Sheryl Vickery, Harvesting Forester – manages crews contracted to harvest timber and build roads for a Mount Gambier-based forest management company.
- Wendy Fennell, Company Owner – manages and co-owns Fennell Forestry, one of the biggest timber harvest and transport companies in South Australia’s Green Triangle.
- Amy McMurren, Forestry Project Manager in PIRSA (Photo)– manages the South East Forestry Partnerships Program, which supports the development of innovative products and technologies, and is helping to co-ordinate the submission of South Australian data for the next national State of the Forests Report.

- The women from forestry join an existing group of 20 women in agribusiness and regions.


The Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions Strategy was developed through a partnership between women in industry, community and Primary Industries and Regions SA. br>
Over the past year Piper Alderman has worked with the State Government to deliver a series of Agri Master Classes, designed to help industry participants develop their skills and grow their capacity as leaders in the sector. br>
The strategy aims to meet three core outcomes: br>
- women occupy an increasing number of diverse roles in agribusiness
- women are skilled, capable and confident influencers and decision-makers in the agribusiness sector
- the barriers which currently hinder women in agribusiness are understood and addressed.

Be inspired by South Australia’s women in agribusiness and regions and read their profiles at

Source: Primary Industries and Regions SA – PIRSA

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