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George the Farmer co-creator wins the 2017 SA Rural Women's Award

Tuesday 14 February 2017

Simone Kain’s passion for teaching children about where their food comes from has helped her win the 2017 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award.


Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Leon Bignell, presented the Penola resident - co-creator of children’s character George the Farmer - with the award at a ceremony in Adelaide last night.

As this year’s State winner, Simone receives a $10,000 bursary to pursue her nominated project, and will be able to take part in leadership development opportunities.

She will use the bursary to develop two educational children’s resources, aimed at teaching young people about the role women play in Australian agriculture and showcasing the range of careers available in primary industries.

Simone hails from a farming background and is dedicated to raising the profile of Australian farmers, particularly through children’s education.

She is the co-creator of the award-winning George the Farmer social enterprise. George is a children’s character who teaches youngsters about farming and food through apps, books and songs.

Background

The RIRDC 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 rural communities.

The award is open to all women involved in primary industries and/or rural Australia.

Simone will represent South Australia at the national Rural Women’s Award in Canberra later this year.

The State Government through Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) supports the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award.

This year’s presentation evening was hosted by national law firm Piper Alderman.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Leon Bignell

It’s so important to educate future generations of Australian producers and I’m thrilled Simone has been recognised with this award.

Through her winning project Simone will not only be helping children learn about the opportunities available to primary producers, she’ll also be teaching them about the important role women have played in shaping Australia’s agricultural landscape.

I also congratulate this year’s finalists, Louise Flohr from Lameroo and Bridget Ransome from Mt Barker, who also demonstrated great leadership potential and a commitment to their industries and to rural South Australia.

Women who take part in this award receive greater confidence, networking opportunities and leadership skills that helps them positively contribute to primary industries and rural Australia.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock

As a regular traveller to all parts of regional South Australia, I’m constantly impressed by the calibre and number of young women who are making a difference to their community across a number of fields.

I join Minister Bignell in congratulating Simone on her win, and also recognise the great work of her fellow finalists.

I wish them all the best in their future endeavours and look forward to seeing them in action in their communities when I next visit their home regions.

Quotes attributable to Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Managing Director John Harvey

I am thrilled with the calibre of applicants for the Rural Women’s Award in South Australia, all who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the future of primary industries. In particular I commend Simone Kain for her outstanding project and win at the state level, I wish her all the best in the National Awards.

The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award recognises emerging female leaders who have the capability to drive innovation, productivity and sustainability of Australian primary industries and the rural communities they depend on.

All finalists are recognised as leaders in their own right. I congratulate Louise, Bridget and Simone on their roles as change agents, helping to raise the profile of women in their respective industries and communities.

It is through initiatives such as the Rural Women’s Award that we can continue to increase the participation of women in, and their contribution to, primary industries.

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