Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall with Emma Doyle today at the University of New England, Armidale.
Friday, 10 March 2017
NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has congratulated Armidale’s Emma Doyle from Armidale on being named as one of four finalists in the 2017 NSW-ACT Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award.
“I am pleased to announce that Emma Doyle from Armidale has been recognised for her ambition to improve our primary industries sector and rural communities,” Mr Marshall said.
“Each applicant submitted a project initiative as part of the award, aiming to drive regional communities and primary industries’ growth and prosperity.
“Emma’s project is to develop a pilot mentoring network for female agricultural undergraduates to assist in reducing the gender gap and increase the retention of women in Agriculture.
“As part of this project, ten final year undergraduates at the University of New England will be formally mentored by female who have graduated within the past 5 to 10 years. This will encourage a path for them to aspire to and it is then hoped these undergraduates may become mentors themselves.
“I congratulate Emma for being recognised as an advocate for change and a role model in our local community.”
The four finalists for 2017 are Rebecca Barnes from Ballina, Emma Doyle from Armidale, Sandra Ireson from Booligal and Hayley Purbrick from Deniliquin.
The winner will be announced in April at Parliament House in Sydney and will receive a bursary of $10,000 and participate in an Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course.
The three finalists will receive a $1,000 NSW Department of Primary Industries Leadership Bursary for skills and leadership development.
The award provides financial assistance, mentoring, resources and peer support via a nation-wide network of dynamic business and community leaders through the award alumni.