The NSW-ACT Rural Women’s Award Alumni members have a diverse range of skills and experience and are keen to offer their expertise to grow our rural and regional communities. We encourage you to consider them the next time you need talented women to speak at events, to provide input to policy, or to represent industry on community boards and committees.
For the past two decades the Rural Women’s Award has been Australia’s leading Award to acknowledge and support the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities. During that time it has gained a significant profile and is now recognised as a program of influence amongst parliamentarians, industry, business and media.
In NSW-ACT the Award is coordinated by the DPI’s Rural Women’s Network (RWN). Since its inception it has inspired and supported nearly 50 women living and working in rural, regional and remote areas to be recognised for their valuable role in building sustainable rural and regional communities, develop skills and confidence, and become key influencers and leaders within their industry and community.
RWN has a number of key priorities including promoting rural women’s potential and achievements, promoting opportunities where rural women can connect, develop skills and knowledge, and build personal and business resilience. In response to this, RWN identified a need to bring this particular group of skilled women together to better support their development and contribution to rural industries. In 2016 the NSW-ACT Rural Women’s Alumni was formed.
The Alumni includes some of primary industries’ most inspiring and innovative women. They are community and professional leaders at a state and national level, representing a wide range of agricultural and rural interests.
Many of the Alumni hold positions on boards such as Local Land Services, the Rural Assistance Authority and the Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Council, along with being influential women in their various industries and sectors. Many of the alumni are also graduates of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and have undergone significant personal development and have advanced public speaking skills.
If you are interested in accessing members of the Alumni or are interested in finding out more about how these women are making a difference and contributing to enhancing the prosperity of rural and regional Australia, individual profiles are available on the Rural Women’s Network Website.
For more information please contact the RWN on 02 6391 3612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.