New ru­ral hon­ours help women shine

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

WOMEN make up just over 50 per cent of Aus­tralia’s pop­u­la­tion. They con­trib­ute about 49 per cent of the to­tal pro­duc­tion of ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and make up 40 per cent of farm­ers.

Yet when it comes to mak­ing the news in farm­ing or im­por­tant ru­ral is­sues, lend­ing their voice to the fu­ture of coun­try towns or the way for­ward for agri­cul­ture, these fig­ures have a ten­dency to plum­met.

There is a cast of women work­ing across ru­ral and re­gional Aus­tralia, women whose pas­sion and be­lief in their work il­lus­trate just what it takes to achieve, whose grace and spirit show how such char­ac­ter­is­tics bring suc­cess, and whose courage and ded­i­ca­tion will in­spire others to stand up and make their own mark.

If only their sto­ries were told.

And that’s where the Shine Awards start. Over the next 12 weeks, Tas­ma­nian Coun­try and our part­ner pub­li­ca­tions in­ter­state will high­light the out­stand­ing work be­ing done by women on farms and off them, in ru­ral towns, in com­mu­nity groups and sport­ing clubs, in busi­nesses, schools and homes.

Their sto­ries will ap­pear in Tas­ma­nian Coun­try, on­line at tas­coun­try.com.au and in News Corp Aus­tralia’s other ru­ral pub­li­ca­tions. The awards are run by The Weekly Times.

On Novem­ber 22 six win­ners will be an­nounced from sto­ries that ap­peared through­out the year, one for each of the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: pas­sion, be­lief, grace, spirit, ded­i­ca­tion and courage.

Each cat­e­gory win­ner will be awarded a $2500 voucher from Har­vey Nor­man. One will be named the Shine win­ner and awarded $5000.

We are sure you know women who are wor­thy of the awards and we’d love to hear about them.

Be­cause be­ing seen in­spires others to stand up and shine too. And that’s good for ev­ery­one.

To nom­i­nate and for de­tails go to tas­coun­try.com.au and click on the Shine tab.

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