Agriculture network expands

News release | 21-Jan-2021

The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) has expanded with the appointment of the network’s seventh officer to Emerald.

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries General Manager Rural Economic Development Paul Walmsley said the CHRRUP Limited’s Isabella Fanning brought an impressive mix of knowledge, skills and experience to the role.

“With a Bachelor of Agriculture from the Central Queensland University and extensive beef industry experience in Rockhampton and Victoria, Isabella is well-placed to provide Central Queensland agribusinesses with crucial business support,” Mr Walmsley said.

“Isabella took up her role on 11 January 2021 with a focus on driving industry growth and rural jobs within the local community, through advice and guidance on workforce attraction, recruitment and development.

“Becoming Queensland’s latest QAWN officer further demonstrates Isabella’s passion for agriculture which has included her forming the Central Queensland University’s Agriculture Society in 2017, being a Central Queensland Rural Ambassador and Ekka State finalist in 2017, and a member of the Rockhampton Show board in 2018.

“I welcome Isabella to QAWN and wish her well in this challenging and rewarding role.”

QAWN officer Isabella Fanning said returning to Queensland was exciting after spending 2020 working at the Central Victorian Livestock Exchange in Ballarat.

"I am very much looking forward to moving back to central Queensland, working with agricultural businesses, and building networks to achieve improved employment outcomes,” Ms Fanning said. 

“The area I will cover is vast and I’m excited about spending time on the road, meeting new people, and re-connecting with some old faces.”

Mr Walmsley said QAWN officers were a vital conduit for Queensland’s agriculture industry bodies.

“QAWN officers assist agriculture businesses, regardless of commodity or location, with advice and guidance on workforce planning, attraction, recruitment and skilling,” Mr Walmsley said.

“QAWN officers are located around the state and provide a free service to help agribusinesses understand available options and strategies to identify and meet future workforce needs.”

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