Muttaburra event ready to inspire Western Queensland’s future female entrepreneurs

RAPAD will host its first women’s entrepreneur retreat in Muttaburra 27 to 28 October 2018 as part of its plan to grow a community of female entrepreneurs in Outback Queensland and beyond.

The mpowHER initiative is part of RAPAD’s drive to deliver on its Strategic Plan priority to foster innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship across the region.

RAPAD CEO David Arnold said: “As the drought continues to impact our communities, being able to look at new opportunities for income as well as business and personal development is invaluable.

“Through partnerships, friendship and inspiration, we’re building a network to encourage other women to bravely step into entrepreneurship, or to support others to do so.

“Whether it is juggling family and income, providing off-farm income or starting a new business for interest reasons, outback women are innovators and entrepreneurs,” he said.

“We’re excited to host our first mpowHER event in Muttaburra; a great chance to start a dynamic, innovative community hub that we can learn from and draw inspiration for the future of the program.”

Event coordinator, Jane Jenkins said the Muttaburra Retreat weekend was a fantastic opportunity for local women to get together in a small group with professional speakers covering topics relevant to them.

“The focus of the weekend includes creating a network that comes together to support and develop women in and around Muttaburra. Program features include empowering women through the tough times, tips on getting your mojo back, building connections within the community and even dinner with a dinosaur.

“It’s going to be an inspirational and motivational weekend, breaking down the barriers for women in our region together,” Jane said. 

“We have had an amazing response from the speakers travelling to our region, as well as the local community, including the Longreach Lions Club which is supporting five registrations for local women. Local women can complete a short application form for themselves or someone else, to be considered for the sponsored registration.”

“We look forward to sharing the outcomes from the weekend and encourage other regional locations to consider supporting future events with us – visit for more information,” Jane said.

All meals are included in registration, with event organisers able to assist with finding accommodation options if needed. Registration is $150, with an early bird rate of $100 finishing on 12 October.

Contact Jane Jenkins for more information on the program, or the for a ‘sponsored registration’ application form by email or phone 0422 413 483.

The mpowHER initiative is delivered by the Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning with support from Advance Queensland.

Media contact: David Arnold, RAPAD CEO, 0428 583 301.