The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging women involved in rural and regional industries, businesses and communities to apply for the 2019 Victorian AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award.
The AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities.
The winner will receive a $10,000 bursary for innovative ideas and projects, access to professional development opportunities and alumni networks.
Finalists are selected based on demonstration of their commitment to the future sustainability of primary industries, their potential to achieve and deliver benefits to their industry, and their ability to provide leadership and knowledge within the wider community.
The 2018 Victorian winner was Melissa Connors from Kyneton for her project ‘This Farm Needs A Farmer’. Melissa is focussed on creating stronger and more engaged farming communities by connecting tree changers with established and retired farmers to facilitate invaluable knowledge transfer.
Melissa will represent Victoria in the National title in Canberra, to be announced on 15 October.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford
“Our rural and regional women are inspiring and taking leaps and bounds every day – I strongly encourage women to put their hand up, nominate a friend, a family member or even yourself.”
“Victorian women are innovators, leaders and game-changers. The opportunity to compete for this award could change your life and help you take that next big step in your career.”
Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas
“Our rural women are continuing to lead the way and forge their own path. I wish our Kyneton’s own Melissa Connors all the very best – I know you will do Victoria proud on the national stage in October.”
Quote attributable to 2018 Victorian winner Melissa Connors
“I really wanted to apply, not only for myself and the project, but to be part of something I truly believed in and to set an example to my kids of giving things a go.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020