CALLING WOMEN FROM ACROSS THE REGION TO APPLY FOR RURAL AWARD

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today reminded women in the region that they have two weeks to apply for the 2016 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award, which closes Friday, 30 October.

Mr Marshall said the Rural Women’s Award celebrated the contributions of inspirational women in rural and regional communities.

“I am calling on our Northern Tablelands’ communities to make sure they nominate exceptional and highly-skilled women in their field, or encourage them to apply for this unique opportunity,” Mr Marshall said.

“A national winner and runner-up will be selected from the state winners with a further $10,000 awarded to the winner and $5,000 to the runner-up to support their professional development and contribution to primary industries.

“The NSW/ACT winner will receive $10,000 and have the opportunity to participate in the RIRDC Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course.”

Sarah Powell from South Australia was recently announced as the national winner of the 2015 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award.

Sarah will use the funding to help support rural communities through her ‘Champions Academy’ pilot program, which will foster personal development and leadership through sport and mentoring and teach aspiring leaders how to lead by example, act with integrity, think selflessly and demonstrate commitment.

The 2015 NSW/ACT winner was Cindy Cassidy, CEO of FarmLink Research, a not-for-profit farming systems group based at Temora, providing services to farmers and agribusiness across the region.

Cindy’s RIRDC Award project is improving knowledge that ensures agricultural extension maximises the use of research and development.

For more information about the award and to download an application from visit the NSW RWN website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/rwn/rirdc

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