Ladies who take lead

Three fa­mil­iar faces among Shine fi­nal­ist for Ru­ral Weekly read­ers

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - THE ROUND-UP - Camille Smith [email protected]­ral­weekly.com

THE Shine Awards 2018 fi­nal­ists have been an­nounced.

Among the 18 fi­nal­ists are three women whose sto­ries were orig­i­nally shared in Ru­ral Weekly.

The Shine Awards cel­e­brates the achieve­ments and con­tri­bu­tions of women across ru­ral and re­gional Aus­tralia. There are six cat­e­gories - Pas­sion, Courage, Be­lief, Ded­i­ca­tion, Spirit and Grace.

The win­ners, and an over­all win­ner, will be an­nounced next Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 21, in a spe­cial Shine Awards mag­a­zine and on­line at the­week­ly­times.com.au.

Shelly Hawkins from Her­bert­vale Sta­tion near Camooweal is a fi­nal­ist in the Be­lief cat­e­gory for her unique plan to launch a hik­ing ven­ture on her fam­ily’s re­mote cat­tle sta­tion.

The Be­lief cat­e­gory hon­ours ru­ral women who have a vi­sion to im­prove or en­hance their com­mu­nity or busi­ness, and see that vi­sion through.

Grafton real es­tate agent JoJo Newby is a fi­nal­ist in the Spirit cat­e­gory, which recog­nises women whose strength of char­ac­ter helps them make a dif­fer­ence to their com­mu­nity or in­dus­try.

JoJo was the face of a drought-re­lief cam­paign to help farm­ers across north­ern NSW and Queens­land ear­lier this year. She pledged to do­nate $1000 for each prop­erty she sold to drought re­lief, and in­spired oth­ers to make do­na­tions.

Jil­la­roo Zoe Hayes is a fi­nal­ist in the Courage cat­e­gory, which recog­nises women who have made achieve­ments in the face of ad­ver­sity. Zoe, 23, lost her mother to sui­cide when she was just 17. The young woman from Perth then strug­gled with de­pres­sion her­self, and found sup­port by turn­ing to a life work­ing as a jil­la­roo on re­mote cat­tle sta­tions across Queens­land and Western Aus­tralia. Now mus­ter­ing stock on Mount Clere Sta­tion at Meekatharra, Zoe is work­ing to el­e­vate the con­ver­sa­tion about ru­ral men­tal health on so­cial me­dia.

PHOTO: HAN­NAH HACONS AND CON­TRIB­UTED

FI­NAL­IST: Shelly Hawkins was nom­i­nated in the Be­lief cat­e­gory of the Shine Awards. The sta­tion mum has launched a hik­ing busi­ness from her fam­ily’s prop­erty in out­back Queens­land.

JoJo Newby is a fi­nal­ist in the Spirit cat­e­gory.

Zoe Hayes is a fi­nal­ist in the Courage cat­e­gory.

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