Support of women in rural communities

RURAL AWARD: Member for Monaro John Barilaro, Rural Women's Award winner Sandra Ireson.

RURAL AWARD: Member for Monaro John Barilaro, Rural Women's Award winner Sandra Ireson.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is continuing its support of women in rural communities and is encouraging applications for the 2018 NSW-ACT AgriFuture Rural Women’s Award.

The award acknowledges and supports the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities.

NSW DPI Acting Deputy Director General, Kate Lorimer-Ward, said anyone who is helping to drive change in their community or industry and would like to develop their leadership skills and broaden their networks, is encouraged to apply for the 2018 NSW-ACT AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award.

“It is a life-changing opportunity for women who are passionate and aspire to lead positive rural industry and community change,” Ms Lorimer-Ward said.

“Our state’s 2017 winner Sandra Ireson is a leading example of someone building a stronger and more productive rural community.

“Sandra recognised a need in her community to provide an educational pathway for young people starting out in primary industries. In response, she developed the Hay Inc Rural Education Program, providing hands-on training, mentoring and networking.”

The Rural Women’s Award provides financial assistance, mentoring, resources and support to rural women via its nation-wide network of business and community leaders.

Each state and territory winner receives a $10,000 bursary for their project and access to professional development opportunities and valuable alumni networks.

A national winner and runner-up is also selected from the state and territory winners and receives a further $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.

Rural women with a commitment and desire to make a real difference to their industry and community are encouraged to apply.

If you live in NSW-ACT and would like to access a Rural Women’s Award Alumni to mentor you through the Award process, please contact Allison Priest on 02 6391 3620 or email allison.priest@dpi.nsw.gov.au

The NSW-ACT Rural Women’s Award is made possible with the support of valuable State sponsors, NSW DPI, Country Women’s Association of NSW, NSW Farmers and Office of Environment & Heritage. The AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award was formally known as the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award.

Online applications for the Rural Women’s Award can be made at www.agrifutures.com.au and close October 29, 2017.

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