Award encourages women to lead way in agriculture
NOMINATIONS are now open for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award.
The International Day of Rural Women is today.
Member for Nanango and shadow minister for agriculture, fisheries and forestry Deb Frecklington said many rural women faced enormous workloads and stress in dealing with some of Queensland’s worst-ever drought conditions and International Rural Women’s Day was an opportunity to reflect on the growing leadership roles of women in agriculture.
“Women already hold many leading and influential positions in Queensland’s primary industries but there are many more with real commitment that I encourage to step out of the woodwork and be recognised for the important contributions they have made to the state’s agriculture sector,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The Rural Women’s Award is a great opportunity to develop leadership, make a difference and inspire others in the agriculture sector across Queensland.”
Ms Frecklington said the award aimed to identify and support emerging female leaders with commitment and leadership potential.
She said women – including Queensland Farmers’ Federation president Joanne Grainger, Queensland Seafood Industry Association chair Karen Collard, DAF director-general Beth Woods and Queensland Country Life editor Penelope Arthur – held some of the most senior positions in Queensland’s agriculture sector.
“I encourage any woman who aspires to make a difference to nominate for the Rural Women’s Award – and get cracking soon because applications close October 30.”
Each state and territory winner receives a $10,000 bursary to implement their award vision. Each winner also has the opportunity to participate in a Company Directors Course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
For information on how to apply, phone 02 6271 4132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAVE A GO: Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington is calling for nominations for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award.