Natasha Roebig works to encourage a new generation of beekeepers into the industry, especially women and young people, by mentoring and up-skilling newcomers. Her business, Bee All Natural, began six years ago when her daughter Miranda was born and diagnosed with eczema. Roebig creates organic, handmade products free of insecticides, pesticides ideal for sensitive skin.

“Bees used to get a lot of bad press but people now understand how essential bees are to pollination and helping fruit and vegetables grow.” AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, John Harvey said. The 2019 Rural Women’s Award Gala Dinner and Announcement celebrates female leaders who are contributing and making a difference to rural and regional communities, businesses and industries across Australia.

Through her business, Roebig maintains a commitment to continuing the age old techniques adopted from generations of beekeepers who have practiced sustainable, natural and organic methods. Bee All Natural has achieved multiple category awards at the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka), Gold Coast Show and the Beaudesert Show, a testament to Roebig’s inspirational work.

“This is Australia’s leading award in acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural business, industries and communities. The event is an important step in acknowledging the contribution of these outstanding and inspirational women. The night is a celebration of their hard work and commitment and we are looking forward to showcasing their stories to the nation,” said Mr. Harvey. “In 2019, the Award turns twenty-one, and will see an Alumni of more than 300 women who continue to support each other, their communities and industry.”

The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award National Winner and Runner up will be announced Wednesday, 11 September 2019, at the Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra.

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