New rural honours help women shine
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.