Droughts are devastating.
When our farmers do it tough, everyone hurts – farmers, families, towns.
The effect of current drought conditions is playing out in farming communities all over Australia. Communities crippled by years without decent rains, as well as other natural disasters.
As an essential service provider, with most of its operational sites in regional and country areas, AGL is committed to supporting our farmers, and shining a light on this cause.
Shining a light on ‘Real stories of country women’
As a rural woman myself, I’ve always known how strong women living in our regions are, but times are very tough right now. That’s why we’ve partnered with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and Lifeline to bring to life ‘Real stories of country women’ in Australia. AGL has provided $20,000 in funding to bring these stories to the screen.
The six-part documentary series has been championed by Dr Sarah Casey: a lecturer in screen media and communication, but also a fifth-generation scion of a Queensland farming family.
Dr Casey said the project was driven by a desire to hear from women in the bush in their own, raw words about the drought, their communities, and how they’re bridging city-bush understanding.
‘In the mainstream media, we often only hear the same kinds of stories, told through a journalistic lens,’ she said. ‘In this project, we want to hear women talking about their experiences and resilience strategies in their own words.’