Rural Women's Award applications are open
Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson today reminded women that they have two weeks to apply for the 2016 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award, which closes Friday 30 October 2015.
“The Rural Women’s Award celebrates the contributions of inspirational women in our rural and regional communities,” Katrina said.
“I am calling on our Cootamundra communities to make sure they nominate exceptional and highly-skilled women in their field, or encourage them to apply for this unique opportunity.”
A national winner and runner-up will be selected from the state winners with a further $10,000 awarded to the winner and $5,000 to the runner-up to support their professional development and contribution to primary industries.
Sarah Powell from South Australia was recently announced as the national winner of the 2015 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award. Sarah will use the funding to help support rural communities through her ‘Champions Academy’ pilot program, which will foster personal development and leadership through sport and mentoring and teach aspiring leaders how to lead by example, act with integrity, think selflessly and demonstrate commitment.
The NSW/ACT winner will receive $10,000 and have the opportunity to participate in the RIRDC Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course.
The 2015 NSW/ACT winner was Cindy Cassidy, CEO of FarmLink Research, a not-for-profit farming systems group based at Temora in the Cootamundra electorate which provides services to farmers and agribusiness across the region. Cindy’s RIRDC Award project is aimed at improving knowledge to ensure agricultural enterprises maximise the use of research and development.
For more information about the award and to download an application form visit the NSW RWN website: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/rwn/rirdc.