Indigenous Women Making Remarkable Changes in Australian Agriculture

Gayle Heron, a proud Larrakia woman, found her calling working alongside Indigenous Rangers in the Top End of Australia. In her role, she aids in monitoring and reporting flora and fauna that could pose biosecurity risks to the country. Gayle’s journey is just one example of the remarkable contributions women are making in the agriculture industry. Women Making Waves: Celebrating Women in Agriculture

“Working with the Rangers has deepened my cultural understanding and connected me even more to the land,” Gayle shares. “It’s inspiring to witness the dedication and pride these Rangers have in their work.”

Within the agricultural sector, women like Gayle are increasingly making their presence felt. According to the latest Australian Census, nearly half of the agricultural workforce comprises women, a number that has been steadily growing. From 2016 to 2021, over 7,000 women joined the industry, with roles ranging from sheep and beef farming to biosecurity.

Tess Bishop, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry, emphasizes the crucial role women play in agriculture. “Women have been integral to the industry’s success, yet their contributions have often gone unnoticed. International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate their achievements and acknowledge their importance.”

Among these trailblazers is Mundinarra Daley, who began her journey as a trainee in Sydney and now leads a biosecurity inspections team in Port Hedland. “I’m passionate about keeping Australia safe from pests and diseases,” Mundinarra explains. “This job has provided invaluable experience, and I’m eager to continue growing within the department.”

Offering advice to aspiring women in agriculture, Mundinarra encourages them to pursue their ambitions fearlessly. “Don’t let stereotypes deter you. Women are thriving in diverse roles within the department, and there’s ample opportunity for growth and development.”

For Gikana Mosby, working as a biosecurity officer in the Torres Strait Islands is a legacy passed down through her family. “Biosecurity is crucial for preserving Australia’s environment,” Gikana emphasizes. “Knowing that my work protects our land and communities is incredibly fulfilling.”

As women like Gayle, Mundinarra, and Gikana continue to make their mark in agriculture, their stories inspire a new generation of women to pursue careers in the industry. With their dedication and passion, they are shaping the future of Australian agriculture for the better.

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