Grazi(her) blogger and Central Burnett cattlewoman Claire Dunne.
Grazi(her) blogger and Central Burnett cattlewoman Claire Dunne.

Central Queensland grazier in the national spotlight

HUDDLED around her grandparents' television, Landline has always been compulsory Sunday viewing for Claire Dunne.

Even hearing the iconic theme song takes Claire back to those hours spent with family hearing about life on the land.

But Claire will soon be on the other side of the lens, featured in an upcoming episode as the founder of rural women's magazine Graziher.

It's a special and surreal moment for the 23-year-old, who launched the quarterly publication six months ago.

Claire was the fifth generation to grow up on a 12,500ha property, Wooroona, south-west of Duaringa.

She pursued a graphic design degree at university, but was lured home by her love of the land.

Before starting Graziher, Claire also spent six months in Canada on an agricultural exchange.

The magazine focuses on the diversity of rural women, but each story holds some common themes Claire said most readers could relate to.

"It's not that there are more challenges, but it might be different challenges they all possibly go through," Claire said.

"Usually there'll be some common thread they've all lived through and related to and that's why I think the stories can be special.

"I think each person has their own individual character that comes through. It's when their own personal traits come across, that it makes a lovely story to read."

The challenge has been spreading the world, with a remote, nation-wide audience.

"To even get them to hear about the magazine can be challenging," Claire said.

Much of the promotion is done through social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.

Each edition, Claire is backed by dozens of other women who contribute stories and photos.

It's this support which has overwhelmed Claire and reminded her just how special the rural community is when people band together.

"There's a massive team of women behind me either contributing their own stories or contributing a story of someone they know or a story on what they can do to help women in rural areas," she said. "There's a lot of help behind me."

Claire has big dreams for Graziher and hopes to one day see it spread further than Australia.

Already, New Zealand women have featured in each edition.

Claire also hopes it will be made accessible for young rural women at boarding schools, introduced to common rooms or libraries.

She wants young women to know how diverse the rural network is and the possibilities that await.

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  • Order the magazine online at graziher.com.au


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