Award en­cour­ages women to lead way in agri­cul­ture

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

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 rwa@rirdc.gov.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HAVE A GO: Mem­ber for Nanango Deb Freck­ling­ton is call­ing for nom­i­na­tions for the Ru­ral In­dus­tries Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Ru­ral Women’s Award.

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