Nominations now open for 2013 rural women’s awards
Thursday, 02 August 2012 10:00

rural woman smlNominations are once again open for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation's Rural Women's Awards.

Department of Agriculture and Food Director General Rob Delane encouraged rural women in Western Australia to consider nominating for the 2013 award.

Entry is open to all rural women in primary industries and natural resource management. "The award recognises and encourages the vital contribution women make to rural WA," Mr Delane said.

"This is a highly esteemed award which gives rural women a chance to build their skills and capacity to contribute to primary industries and resource development in WA."

WA has a strong record, with the 2010 and 2011 State award recipients also winning the national award.

Catherine Marriott, winner of the WA award for 2012, will be awaiting the national title results which will be announced in October this year.

"The experience has been life changing," Ms Marriott said. "I am so grateful for the opportunity afforded to me. The award provided me with a platform to get messages across and has helped to fulfil my dream of empowering rural and regional women."

The winner of the State award receives a $10,000 bursary to assist the development of their vision or project. The bursary can be used for formal training in leadership and business management, overseas study tours, establishing business plans or pilot programs, or other opportunities.

An Australian Institute of Company Director based leadership program will also be offered to the State winner and runner-up to enable them to build on their leadership, management and business skills.