The Award supports women with demonstrated leadership capabilities, or leadership potential and community contribution, who have the desire and commitment to make a greater contribution to their primary industries and provides women with financial and professional support to implement their visions for primary industries and enhance their leadership capabilities.
NSW Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson is encouraging anyone with a commitment and desire to making a real difference to their industry and the community to nominate for Australia’s leading rural leadership award.
‘These awards are an important celebration of women achievers who are helping to create
sustainable and dynamic primary industries and are making an enormous contribution to rural communities across Australia,’ Ms Hodgkinson said.
‘The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award has been running for 14 years, and during this time we have discovered more than 180 extremely focused women who are driving innovation and building resilience within primary industries and their rural communities.’
The awards are open to women in NSW and the ACT involved in agriculture, primary industries or resource development including broadacre and intensive livestock and cropping enterprises, horticulture, forestry, fisheries, natural resource management and related industries.
‘Last year’s winner, Isobel Knight, is empowering farming families all over NSW through her online succession planning platform,’ Ms Hodgkinson said.
‘The positive effects of successful succession planning will be long term, resulting in stronger, more vibrant communities.
‘I encourage more women to follow their lead and nominate themselves for this fantastic opportunity to highlight to real work being done by so many wonderful women across the State.’
What’s in it for you?
- $10,000 to implement your idea or project;
- skills and resources to develop your leadership skills;
- enrolment in the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course;
- implementation of a 12 month leadership plan;
- networking, media and PR opportunities; and
- membership to the RWA Alumni.
The Award is an amazing opportunity to further your leadership development, make a tangible difference and inspire others. It is a life changing experience that will link recipients with a positive and powerful alumni network of like-minded women across the country who are passionate about primary industries and rural Australia.
Applications opened 1 August and close 31 October 2013.
The Rural Women’s Award is coordinated by the NSW Rural Women’s Network through the Department of Primary Industries and is sponsored by the Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW Farmers and Country Women’s Association of NSW.