The four finalists in the prestigious Victorian 2014 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award, sponsored by the Victorian Government, were announced yesterday by Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh.
According to the media release by the Minister, the finalists for the 2014 Rural Women’s Award are: Ms Karen Corr, a community engagement professional from Central Victoria; Ms Julie Aldous, a food and fibre teacher from Mansfield; Ms Avril Hogan, a rural market research consultant from Horsham; and Ms Liza Fahey, a dairy farmer and industry leader from Terang.
“This year’s finalists were selected for their outstanding work and achievements in the food and fibre sector, and for their dedication to making a difference in their chosen industry. They were also chosen for best articulating a strategy for sharing their skills, knowledge and experience with others within their communities and industries,” said Mr Walsh.
“The Rural Women’s Award plays a vital role in acknowledging and rewarding the important part that women play in their communities and rural industries. Rural women have not always received the recognition they deserve for their achievements and this Award is one important way in which that contribution is highlighted and celebrated,” said Minister for Women’s Affairs Heidi Victoria.
The winner and runner-up of the Victorian Rural Women’s Award will be able to take part in the Australian Institute of Company Director Course in Canberra.
The winner of the award will be announced at Parliament House on March 13th, where she will receive $10,000 and will then join winners from other states and territories as finalists for the national award scheduled to take place in Canberra in October 2014.