Several weeks ago the RWN team travelled to Canberra for the 2014 Australian RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Dinner and what a fantastic night it was! Even more fantastic was our NSW State winner Pip Job taking out the top Award – our first National win for New South Wales. We are so very proud of Pip for her vision and work with rural communities and look foward to seeing her project develop over the coming months. Congratulations also go to Jackie Jarvis who was named Australian runner-up, and our other State and Territory finalists – all amazing women with a purpose and vision. You can read more about Pip and Jackie below and watch the Landline story.
Pip Job, a New South Wales grazier, environmental advocate and Chief Executive Officer of her local Landcare group was announced as the national winner of the 2014 Rural Women’s Award. Pip received a $10,000 bursary as part of the NSW state Award earlier this year which will allow her to undertake a study tour and develop a training program for women aimed at developing ways to manage the challenges of rural life. This program will increase the capacity of rural women to manage climate change and finance in a complex economy, as well as increase their personal resilience using a social, ecological and economic platform. Pip is passionate about the impact that rural life can have on farmers and has instigated changes in the way Landcare operates to include the social needs of the community. This has included the ‘Women in the Landscape’ program which fosters learning, the exchange of experiences and the up-skilling of women to become more involved in farming businesses; a program, which due to its success, is now being rolled out nationally.
Jackie Jarvis, a primary producer from Western Australia was named national runner-up. Jackie jointly owns a commercial vineyard and wine production company and through her work with the Chamber of Commerce WA assists with strategies for workforce recruitment, retention and planning for the agricultural sector. Jackie is producing a series of video “postcards” to highlight the potential for refugees to ease rural Australia’s chronic labour shortage. The $10,000 bursary she received for winning this year’s WA Rural Women’s Award has allowed her to employ a professional film maker to start capturing the good news stories of how refugees have been successfully resettled in the WA bush. She believes so much of the debate about refugees has been focused on asylum seekers who arrive by boat but thousands come each year under Australia’s UNHCR humanitarian program.
ABC Landline has produced an 8 minutes story aired on the Sunday 28th September 2014 on the Awards. You can view it here: http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2014/s4096016.htm.