Ru­ral Women’s Award ap­pli­ca­tions are open

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AP­PLI­CA­TIONS are now open for the Vic­to­rian Ru­ral Women’s Award for 2019.

The State Gov­ern­ment is en­cour­ag­ing women in­volved in ru­ral and re­gional in­dus­tries, busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties to ap­ply for the 2019 Vic­to­rian AgriFu­tures Ru­ral Women’s Award.

The award pro­vides a plat­form to in­spire and sup­port Aus­tralian women to use and de­velop their skills to ben­e­fit their in­dus­tries and com­mu­ni­ties.

Win­ner of the award will re­ceive a $10,000 bur­sary for in­no­va­tive ideas and projects, ac­cess to pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and alumni net­works.

Fi­nal­ists will be se­lected based on demon­stra­tion of their com­mit­ment to the fu­ture sus­tain­abil­ity of pri­mary in­dus­tries, their po­ten­tial to achieve and de­liver ben­e­fits to their in­dus­try, and their abil­ity to pro­vide lead­er­ship and knowl­edge within the wider com­mu­nity.

The 2018 Vic­to­rian win­ner was Melissa Con­nors from Kyne­ton for her project ‘This Farm Needs A Farmer’.

“I re­ally wanted to ap­ply, not only for my­self and the project, but to be part of some­thing I truly be­lieved in and to set an ex­am­ple to my kids of giv­ing things a go,” she said.

Melissa is fo­cussed on cre­at­ing stronger and more en­gaged farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties by con­nect­ing tree chang­ers with es­tab­lished and re­tired farm­ers to fa­cil­i­tate in­valu- able knowl­edge trans­fer.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture Jaala Pul­ford said our ru­ral and re­gional women are in­spir­ing and tak­ing leaps and bounds ev­ery day she strongly en­cour­ages women to put their hand up, nom­i­nate a friend, a fam­ily mem­ber or even your­self.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Oc­to­ber 31 and for more in­for­ma­tion visit http://agri­cul­ture. vic. gov. au/ agri­cul­ture/ foodand-fi­bre-in­dus­tries/ru­ral-wom­ens-award.

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