NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, today congratulated NSW’s Isobel Knight, following her announcement as the national runner-up in the 2013 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award.
Ms Knight, a succession planning specialist from Loomberah near Tamworth, was presented with the award by Commonwealth Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, at a gala dinner in Canberra last night.
“I congratulate Isobel on winning this prestigious award which not only celebrates her contribution to the rural community of NSW, but rural women’s contributions Australia-wide,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“Isobel has worked closely with more than 400 individual families as part of her business ‘proAGtive’, which delivers targeted workshops across Australia, helping farmers prepare succession plans and navigate through what can be a complex journey.
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“I also congratulate Northern Territory crocodile farmer, Giovanna Webb, who was announced as the national winner. Both Isobel and Giovanna are excellent advocates for rural women and deserving recipients of this prestigious award.”
Ms Hodgkinson said the field of applicants for the national award this year were highly skilled and showcased the resourcefulness, determination and resilience demonstrated by rural women across Australia.
“Isobel received a $10,000 bursary as part of the NSW/ACT State Award and she has used this to develop an online platform for succession planning that rural businesses can easily access and use,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“This platform will educate farming families about how to prepare their businesses for succession and Isobel hopes it will inspire positive attitudes in relation to planning and encourage more families to do it.
“As national runner-up, Isobel will receive an additional $10,000 bursary to enable her to develop her leadership skills continue to educate about succession planning.”
Other finalists included Alison Fairleigh (Queensland), Anna Hooper (South Australia), Kate Coad (Tasmania), Michelle Freeman (Victoria) and Danielle England (Western Australia).
Applications for the 2014 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award are now open, for more information visit http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/rwn