Nominations Open For Victorian Rural Women’s Award

The Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, is calling for nominations for the 2016 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Victorian Rural Women’s Award.

The Rural Women’s Award honours the efforts of emerging leaders and creates opportunities for women to effect change in agricultural industries and rural communities.

The Victorian finalists will be celebrated at a ceremony at Parliament House in March 2016, with the winner to receive a bursary of $10,000 to implement their project vision and participate in the RIRDC Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.

The 2015 Victorian winner, Katie Finlay, will be proudly representing Victoria at the 2015 RIRDC Australian Rural Women’s Awards in Canberra on 9 September in Canberra.

Katie is a third-generation orchardist who owns and operates the Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens.  Katie aims to give farmers better control of their markets by fostering strong relationships between farmers and consumers.

The Andrews Labor Government is proud to support this important award for rural women. Staff at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources are available to help prospective nominees through the process (contact Jon Graftdyk on 03 5772 0225 or Jon.Graftdyk@ecodev.vic.gov.au).

Applications for the award are open until 30 October 2015. For more information about the award and to obtain a nomination form, please visit, the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award website,www.rirdc.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford

 “As Victoria’s first female Agriculture Minister, I am extraordinarily proud to support this award and acknowledge the vital leadership role women play in our primary industries and rural communities.”

 “I encourage you to nominate those extraordinary rural women in the community that you know.  Talk to them about the impact they have had, and inspire them to apply.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Women Fiona Richardson

“Acknowledging the contributions of women in our communities is a priority for the Andrews Labor Government.”

“This is about recognising the hard work of inspiring emerging female leaders in our rural communities.”

2nd Sept 2015

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