Applications for the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award will close at the end of this month, so nominations will soon need to be submitted.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the award supported the essential role women play in rural and regional businesses, industries and communities.
“The Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s leading award to celebrate and acknowledge exceptional women from rural industries and communities,” Mr Furner said.
“I encourage emerging female leaders who want to innovate and make a difference to rural and regional Australia to apply for the Award.
“Applications for the 2019 Award close on Wednesday 31 October 2018.”
Mr Furner said the award supported and inspired the next generation of female leaders across Australia.
“Over the past two decades, the award has recognised almost 300 women and provided a platform to share their challenges and their solutions to many problems faced in rural and regional communities,” Mr Furner said.
“For example, Queensland’s four finalists this year demonstrated how women are improving our rural communities and each of their projects demonstrated the fine work being done.
“The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is proud to co-ordinate the award each year on behalf of AgriFutures Australia with support from Westpac Agribusiness, ABC Radio, RM Williams Outback Magazine, and Fairfax Agriculture Media.”
Queensland’s 2018 winner, Krista Watkins, runs Natural Evolution which manufactures gluten-free banana flour using wasted green bananas.
“As a primary producer, I know how heartbreaking it is to see so much of your crop thrown away because there isn’t a market for it, it’s oversupplied or it doesn’t look how consumers think it should look,” said Ms Watkins.
“That is why I am using my $10 000 Rural Women’s Award bursary to address waste in the Atherton Tablelands sweet potato industry.
“As part of my Award project, I have started research into the development of by-products, including a gluten free sweet potato flour, for the four most common sweet potato varieties grown in Australia.”
For more information and to apply contact AgriFutures Australia at www.agrifutures.com.au/rwa
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
The Honourable Mark Furner