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Applications for the 2016 Rural Women's Award are now open

Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, has today called for applications for the 2016 NSW-ACT Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award, celebrating emerging and inspiring women in rural and regional communities.

“Women play an important role in ensuring the survival of many of their communities – and this award is so important in recognising the hard work of these  women and all that they do for regional NSW,” Mr Blair said.

 

“That’s why I am calling on the community to nominate exceptional and highly-skilled women in their field, or encourage them to apply for this unique opportunity.”

 

The award celebrates up and coming individuals who are motivated to effect change and strengthen outcomes for primary industries.

 

It also helps applicants work towards achieving their vision for primary industry and in turn make a greater contribution to NSW. 

 

Applications are now open and close on Friday 30 October 2015, with the winner announced at a Gala Dinner in March 2016.

 

The NSW/ACT winner will receive a bursary of $10,000 and have the opportunity to participate in the RIRDC Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course.

 

This year’s winner was Cindy Cassidy, CEO of FarmLink Research, a not-for-profit farming systems group based at Temora, providing services to farmers and agribusiness across the region.

 

Cindy’s RIRDC Award project is improving knowledge that ensures agricultural extension maximises the use of research and development. 

 

For more information about the award and to enter please download an application form from the NSW RWN website: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/rwn/rirdc

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