Launceston hosts rural mothers group’s inaugural conference


Launceston is hosting the first ever Motherland Conference with more than 250 rural women from around the country meeting at Hotel Grand Chancellor today.

Founded in 2019 by Business Events Tasmania visionary Stephanie Trethewey, Motherland is a national charity that supports rural mums across Australia.

Trethewey said more than 80 per cent of women on the land attribute isolation and loneliness as the hardest parts of rural motherhood.

“This will be an event like no other. It’s been designed by rural mums, for rural mums,” she said.

“This conference takes our mission of reducing isolation and enabling meaningful connections to a whole new level.

“We are so excited to have women, and a few men, from around the country joining us to celebrate the incredible role rural mothers play in our community.”

The line-up of speakers includes Olympic gold medallist and cattle farmer Giaan Rooney, parenting educator Maggie Dent, two-time world para surfing champion Sam Bloom and journalist Jessica Rowe.

“Even though my children were four and seven when we moved to the farm I feel very strongly about Motherland’s mission,” Rooney said.

“Motherhood is the most difficult thing I have ever done and it is incredibly important to provide better services and connection for mums living in rural Australia.”