The Canberra based National Rural Press Club (NRPC) held a successful and vibrant corporate networking event in Canberra this week delivering an important message about its mission.
The lunch at the Wild Duck Inn on the Kingston foreshore was attended by about 30 different groups of varying degrees but who all share common interests on tackling the big issues concerning rural and regional Australians.
The NRPC was re-launched in March this year by Nationals Barnaby Joyce to play a leading role in the nation’s capital, sparking and promoting debate and communicating to a broader audience, the political and policy issues of importance to the bush.
It comes under the umbrella of the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists, with ties into the National Press Club with inaugural sponsors being; Westpac Agribusiness, CropLife Australia, Case IH, GrainCorp and Animal Medicines Australia.
NRPC President Colin Bettles said after more than 120 people attended the initial launch – including politicians from all political factions – and co-hosting several events throughout the year, it was great to see the corporate networking lunch well attended; especially at a busy time of year and shortly after the National Agriculture Day.
Mr Bettles said the NRPC wanted to reach out and connect with like-minded groups such as those who attended the corporate lunch, to build a presence that extended well beyond agriculture and expand its corporate membership base.
He said farming was a critical element of regional communities – but the NRPC was also keen to work with others involved in the nation’s capital such as education, health and transport.
The NRPC brings together rural journalists and communication influencers and is also available for others to work on co-hosting strategic events that share a common purpose.
Some of the lunch guests included representatives from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australian Food and Grocery Council, Minerals Council, Australian Hotels Association, Australian Trucking Association, Agribusiness Australia, Seafood Industry Australia, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and more.