NSW wins National 2016 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Accomplished food and lifestyle writer from Orange, Sophie Hansen, has won the 2016 National Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award at a gala ceremony in Canberra overnight.

Sophie & Tim Hansen

Sophie & Tim Hansen

Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair, said Sophie’s win was well-deserved recognition of her efforts to promote food and agribusiness, and her inclusive approach to working with women in rural communities.

“Sophie’s extraordinary talents in the food and social media space are indicative of the innovative work being undertaken right across regional NSW,” Mr Blair said.

“Her project ‘My Open Kitchen’ shares the important story from paddock to plate and encourages farming businesses to use social media to strengthen rural communities.”

Sophie’s win follows in the footsteps of Central West landholder and sustainable agriculture trailblazer Pip Job, who in 2014 became the first NSW woman to win the National RIRDC Rural Women’s Award.

Sophie’s prize includes a bursary of $10,000 and the opportunity to share her vision and business model with communities across Australia.

Nominations for the 2017 NSW-ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award are currently open and close at the end of October 2016.

For more information about how to apply or for access to a mentor, email: Allison.priest@dpi.nsw.gov.au or call 02 6391 3620.

About nswrwn

NSW Rural Women’s Network is a government program working in innovative ways to promote leadership and action on rural women’s issues. The RWN team is dedicated to connecting and exchanging information with women and stakeholders in rural, regional and remote communities.
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