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NSW grazier and Landcare leader wins national Rural Women’s Award 25 Sep 2014

Pip Job, a New South Wales grazier, environmental advocate and Chief Executive Officer of her local Landcare group has been announced the national winner of the 2014 Rural Women’s Award.

Pip was announced as the 2014 Award winner by the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce in front of more than 250 industry leaders, politicians and past winners at a gala dinner at Parliament House, Canberra on Wednesday evening.

Jackie Jarvis, a primary producer from Western Australia was named national runner-up. Jackie jointly owns a commercial vineyard and wine production company and through her work with the Chamber of Commerce WA assists with strategies for workforce recruitment, retention and planning for the agricultural sector.

Pip received a $10,000 bursary as part of the NSW state Award earlier this year which will allow her to undertake a study tour and develop a training program for women aimed at developing ways to manage the challenges of rural life. This program will increase the capacity of rural women to manage climate change and finance in a complex economy, as well as increase their personal resilience using a social, ecological and economic platform.

Pip is passionate about the impact that rural life can have on farmers and has instigated changes in the way Landcare operates to include the social needs of the community. This has included the ‘Women in the Landscape’ program which fosters learning, the exchange of experiences and the up-skilling of women to become more involved in farming businesses; a program, which due to its success, is now being rolled out nationally.

Pip has also worked with various Landcare groups across New South Wales to help them improve their governance and has provided planning and advice on policies, procedures and staffing.

As the national winner, Pip will receive an additional $10,000 bursary to enable her to develop her leadership skills and participate in speaking engagements where she can share her passion for up-skilling, motivating and building the networks of Australia’s rural women.

RIRDC Managing Director, Craig Burns congratulated Pip on winning the Award and said her dedication, energy and encouragement of rural women is a great example of leadership at its best.

“Pip was chosen as the national Award winner from a field of seven very strong state winners. Pip’s ability to actively engage the community in which she lives, encourage people to get involved and to actually make change happen is nothing short of inspirational,” Mr Burns said.

“Pip’s passion, drive and determination is clear, and her desire to up-skill rural women, foster learning and generally make things better for rural people and the environment has been deservedly recognised.

“All the state winners this year are of the highest calibre and I am confident we will see all of them further develop their leadership potential and continue to inspire and drive change in their communities and industries.”

As the pre-eminent award for rural women in Australia, the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award identifies and supports emerging leaders who have the capability and resources to drive innovation, productivity and sustainability within primary industries and rural communities.

Applications for the 2015 Rural Women’s Award are now open. Rural women are encouraged to enter themselves or to nominate someone with a commitment and desire to making a real difference to their industry and community. Applications close on 31 October 2014.

Media contact:
Damon Whittock, RIRDC Communications and Public Affairs Manager, ph. 02 6271 4175 or 0458 215 604, damon.whittock@rirdc.gov.au

EDITORS NOTE: High resolution images of Pip Job and Jackie Jarvis can be downloaded from www.rirdc.gov.au/multimedia (click on the ‘images’ tab).

About the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award

The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s pre-eminent Award for rural women. The Award identifies and supports emerging leaders and change agents who have the capability and resources to drive innovation, productivity and sustainability within primary industries, and build economic and social development within rural communities.

The Award supports women with demonstrated leadership capabilities, or leadership potential and community contribution, who have the desire and commitment to make a greater contribution to their industries and communities. It provides women with financial and professional support to implement their visions for primary industries and enhance their leadership capabilities.

The Award is open to all women involved in primary industries. State and Territory winners receive a $10,000 financial bursary to implement their Award vision. Each state and territory winner will have the opportunity to participate in the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) course and will be supported to develop an individual integrated leadership plan. A national winner and runner-up are chosen from the seven state and territory finalists.

The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is proudly supported by its Platinum Sponsor, Westpac Agribusiness, the Award’s National Partner, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and the Award’s media partners – RM Williams OUTBACK Magazine, ABC Radio and Fairfax Agricultural Media.

www.rirdc.gov.au/rural-women's-award