Ru­ral awards open

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

IN­FLU­EN­TIAL fe­male fig­ures within a com­mu­nity are cru­cial for the pro­gres­sion of any town or city, par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral ar­eas.

With ap­pli­ca­tions now open for the 2018 AgriFu­tures Ru­ral Women Awards, Dalby district women are en­cour­aged to ap­ply.

Over the past two decades, the Ru­ral Women’s Award has given ex­ten­sive pro­fes­sional and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to more than 200 women across ru­ral and re­gional Aus­tralia.

The award recog­nises the piv­otal role women play in re­gional busi­nesses, in­dus­tries and com­mu­ni­ties.

The 2017 Ru­ral Women’s award win­ner was an­nounced this week, with Western Aus­tralian Tanya Du­pagne re­ceiv­ing the top award.

Ms. Du­pagne runs Camp Kulin in WA’s wheat belt, fo­cussing on at-risk youths, teach­ing them nec­es­sary life skills such as team­work, lead­er­ship, to­geth­er­ness and self-con­fi­dence.

Ms Du­pagne de­scribes the im­por­tance of women with a strong stand­ing in their com­mu­nity ap­ply­ing for such awards.

“It was a huge hon­our to win the award,” Ms Du­pagne said.

“With the sup­port of AgriFu­tures, it opens up a bevy of op­por­tu­ni­ties that you might not have thought was pos­si­ble pre­vi­ously.”

Each state and ter­ri­tory win­ner re­ceives a $10,000 bur­sary cour­tesy of plat­inum spon­sor West­pac, with the na­tional win­ner re­ceiv­ing a fur­ther $10,000 and $5000 re­spec­tively.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29, at 9pm.

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