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Farm Writers Christmas Lunch

Resilience NSW Commissioner - Shane Fitzsimmons

Wednesday December 9, 2020

We’re back! Come and help us celebrate our first in person function since February

Our guest speaker for this lunch is Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, the inaugural Commissioner for Resilience NSW and Deputy Secretary, Emergency Management with the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Shane was also recently announced as the NSW Australian of the Year. 

Resilience NSW is the newly created lead disaster management agency for NSW, responsible for all aspects of disaster recovery and building community resilience to future disasters.

We look forward to an interactive Q&A session with Shane, hosted by award-winning ABC journalist Nadia Daly, to reflect on lessons learned since this time last year in the midst of the catastrophic fires, and now looking forward with a NSW Government agency that is focussed on preparing our communities and landscapes for future challenges.

Event Details

Venue: Doltone House, Hyde Park – 181 Elizabeth St, Sydney

Date and Time: Wednesday December 9, 1 - 4pm for three course lunch 

Cost: Members $120 and Non-Members $130

Welcome to Farm Writers

The Farm Writers' Association of NSW was established in 1966 as the Farm Writers' and Broadcasters' Society of NSW.

Its aim is to foster communication about and promote the interests of rural Australia in general and the NSW farm sector in particular.

Farm Writers plays an important role in helping to strengthen links and understanding between the rural sector and the wider Australian community.

Regular forums held in Sydney provide a unique and respected platform for industry leaders, expert commentators, entrepreneurs and activists to communicate with a wide range of audiences and influencers.

The Association also provides a forum for rural journalists and other agri-communicators to discuss rural industry developments and issues in a networking environment with people involved in farming, food and fibre processing, marketing, regulation, and rural politics.

Farm Writers invites you to join us at our monthly lunch seminars and at Agribuzz, our quarterly evening networking functions.

Speaker presentations 

Friday October 30: Can COVID save artisan cheesemakers? Australians are more interested in where their food comes from and keen to ‘buy local’, while the reduction in international flights has limited the availability of some imports. Online sales have provided an outlet where farmers markets have closed, and Cressida believes the interest in provenance will endure. The 2020 winner of the AgriFutures NSW/ACT Rural Women’s Award, Cressida Cains founded Pecora Dairy in 2011, an artisan sheep milk dairy and cheesery in the NSW Sothern Highlands.

Prior speakers can be accessed via the Speakers Archives link and are on our YouTube channel.


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