Western Australia

Nominations sought for award recognising rural and regional women

Recognising the contribution women make in rural communities will be highlighted once again in 2017 through the 2018 WA AgriFuturesTM Rural Women’s Award.

Nominations are open to all Western Australian women involved in rural industries, rural and regional businesses and communities and closes on 29 October 2017.

The State winner will progress through to the national awards in August 2018.

WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development core programs manager Rob Leicester said women who wanted to create an impact, innovate and contribute to the prosperity of their businesses and communities were encouraged to nominate.

“The award provides a platform to inspire and support women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities,” Mr Leicester said.

“Over the past two decades, the Rural Women’s Award has backed more than 200 women from a range of industries with the opportunity to achieve positive change for rural and regional Australia through diverse and innovative projects relating to rural industries and communities.”

The winner of the WA award will receive a $10,000 bursary to develop a project or initiative to benefit rural industries, businesses and/or regional communities.

For example this may include leadership or management training, study tours, business planning, education campaigns, testing information technology initiatives, development of business concepts, publishing books or attending forums and conference to grow knowledge of industries and markets.

The 2017 WA winner Tanya Dupagne, went on to receive the national award for her project on developing a camp program to support women from regional WA to develop their leadership skills and capacity.

To nominate for the AgriFuturesTM Rural Women’s Award visit the AgriFuturesTM website agrifutures.com.au/people-leadership/rural-womens-award/

Source: WA DPIRD