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GROW through Creativity and Diversity


November 28, 2023    
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Merrigangs Distillery and Bar
The Mill, 210 - 224 Bong Bong Street, Bowral, NSW, 2576

GROW through Creativity and Diversity

In our last GROW event of the year we have three fantastic local speakers in conversation with our GROW Vice President, Nicole Smith:

  • Kylie Needham – Author & Award-winning Screenwriter
  • Rachael Oakes-Ash – Publisher, Editor and Journalist
  • John Mauger – Regen Farmer, Butcher, Paddock to Plate and Farmstay Operator

Come along and gain insight into their stories of creative bravery and diversity and be inspired.

Enjoy canapes and a wine on a arrival. Come and meet other great locals at the new Merrigangs Distillery & Bar.

Cost: $33

Gold members: free

Includes canapes and glass of wine on arrival.


Our speakers:

Kylie Needham – Author & Award-winning Screenwriter

Kylie Needham’s debut novel Girl in a Pink Dress was described by Helen Elliott in SMH as ‘profound and sometimes perfect, this short novel is a small miracle’.

Kylie has won two AWGIE (Australian Writers’ Guild) Awards for television scriptwriting and her credits include Crownies (ABC), Fighting Season (Foxtel), and Offspring (Network Ten).

Hear Kylie’s story of how she took the leap of faith to write her first novel and how the experience has shaped her.


Rachael Oakes-Ash – Publisher, Editor, Journalist

Rachael is creative diversity personified. Her career includes working as a radio announcer with 2Day FM, a television presenter/producer with The LifeStyle Channel and a long time travel journalist. She’s written two books and is the name behind Australasia’s leading ski and snowboard travel digital community.

She’s a true digital nomad, having lived in Colorado, France, Utah and New Zealand and now calling the Southern Highlands home. Hear how she does it all, what inspires her, and why she’s chosen to call the highlands home.



John Mauger – Regen Farmer, Butcher, Paddock to Plate and Farmstay Operator

John’s family story is one of adaptation, constant evolution and a true love of the land.

The Maugers’ family have been farming the land at Burrawang for over 100 years. The family business, Maugers Meats is a highlands institution, now in it’s third generation, with John’s son Mat at the helm.

John is now focused on regenerative farming practices and the tourism side of the business. A local legend, hear his stories about the history of the highlands and some of the opportunities for the future.