Three finalists are in the running to be named the 2017 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award recipient for South Australia.
The state finalists are Louise Flohr from Lameroo, Simone Kain from Penola, and Bridget Ransome from Mount Barker.
The winner of the award will receive a $10,000 bursary, provided by RIRDC, to undertake a project tackling an industry issue of their choice and participate in various leadership development opportunities throughout the year.
The 2017 South Australian RIRDC Rural Women’s Award will be announced at a presentation evening on Monday 13 February 2017.
Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), the supporting state agency for the Rural Women’s Award, is pleased to be partnering this year with national law firm Piper Alderman to host the 2017 presentation evening.
The Rural Women’s Award recognises emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and regional communities.
The award is open to all woman involved in primary industries and/or rural Australia.
The award aligns with the State Government’s economic priority of ‘Premium food and wine produced in our clean environment and exported to the world’ by supporting workforce development and growth.
It also complements PIRSA’s Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions initiative.
The 2017 state winner will compete for the national title against other state and territory winners, presented in Canberra later in the year.
Quotes attributable to Karen Brown, Director Engagement, Performance and Reform
This year’s three finalists have shown great passion in their fields and have big ideas on how they would like to contribute further to primary industries.
Louise, Simone and Bridget come from varied backgrounds in primary industries, reflecting the breadth of the sector and the impact it has on rural communities.
I congratulate this year’s finalists and urge them to continue in their pursuits to make a difference in their industry and to inspire other women to take on greater challenges and leadership roles in their careers and communities.
Quotes attributable to Bianca Battistella, Piper Alderman
Piper Alderman is honoured to be hosting this year’s SA Rural Women’s Award which not only recognises but also celebrates the valuable contributions of the finalists to the agribusiness sector.
We see great value for regional and rural Australia in this initiative, which promotes greater leadership by women in primary industries as well as allowing the winner to undertake a project that will bring real benefits to their industry and community.
Louise Flohr, a farm consultant and producer in the state’s Murray Mallee, is passionate about encouraging and supporting young people in agriculture to upskill locally with tailored and flexible training to suit grower needs.
Simone Kain hails from a farming background on the Limestone Coast and is dedicated to raising the profile of Australian farmers, particularly through children’s education.
Bridget Ransome, based in the Adelaide Hills, has held a number of roles in the agriculture, wine and water industries and is committed to identifying and developing opportunities for regional producers to flourish, particularly through collaboration.