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Six state winners vie for 2011 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award 17 May 2011

Six rural women are in the running to be named the national winner of the Australian RIRDC Rural Women’s Award 2011, which is being announced at a gala ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 24 May 2011. 

Since its inception in 2000, the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award has recognised women’s contribution to primary industries and encouraged their greater leadership and capacity to contribute to primary industries and rural Australia.

On the evening the winner and runner-up of the 2011 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award will be announced.  

Vying for the national award are:

  • Jackie Brown, an agriculture educator from Tasmania 

  • Karen Hutchison, a leader in the field of water management from New South Wales 

  • Caroline Robinson, a rural community capacity builder from Western Australia

  • Angela Betheras, an alpaca market pioneer from Victoria 

  • Kim Blenkiron, a rural industry trainer dedicated to empowering rural women from South Australia  

  • Barbara Grey, a Queensland farmer committed to helping aspiring rural women better understand our system of government and politics 

RIRDC thanks the major national sponsors of the award: Westpac, the ABC and Rural Press, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the state departments of agriculture and primary industries for their support of the awards.