Tasmanian finalists for the 2024 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Awards announced

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Three Tasmanian finalists have been announced for the 2024 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.

The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s premier accolade, recognising the courageous and inclusive leadership of women in rural and regional businesses, industries, and communities.

Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jo Palmer said the Tasmanian Government recognises the significant role of thousands of women in the rapidly expanding agriculture sector.

“Women in the Tasmanian agricultural industry play an incredibly important role in the sector,” Minister Palmer stated.

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The Tasmanian finalists are:

  • Tamar Cordover Pritchard from South Arm, who is devoted to connecting and empowering rural women with disabilities. Tamar’s purpose is to actively involve these women so that they may participate meaningfully in the burgeoning agricultural economy.
  • Belle Binder of Devonport, who is a strong champion for the worth and significance of the agricultural industry. Her ‘Loop Project’ aims to develop a model of excellence in agricultural workplaces by fostering sustainability, inclusion, and community participation.
  • Emily Armstrong from Devonport, who has created a lifeline for rural mums called ‘Mum’s Connect’, which acts as a practical resource and is dedicated to boosting mental health and ensuring that no mother feels isolated. Emily, who has a degree in psychology, launched a tiny Facebook group that soon flourished, demonstrating a genuine need for better interaction.

The winner of the Award will receive a $15,000 grant from Westpac and the chance to attend the prestigious Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.

Tasmanian Women in Agriculture sponsors the Encouragement Award and Development Award, with winners receiving $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.

The Tasmanian winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Launceston in April and represent the state at the national finals in September 2024.

The State Government, through the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, is proudly supporting the Tasmanian AgriFutures Rural Women’s Awards.

Westpac Regional General Manager for Tasmania Dave Milner said the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award demonstrates the good impact more women are having in business and agriculture.

“Women are driving innovation in our regions and Westpac is proud to continue to support the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, to further raise awareness and publicly recognise the achievements and leadership of women,” Milner stated.

“Westpac is thrilled to see the calibre of entries and finalists remains strong. We fully support these talented women as they continue to develop their projects and focus on the ongoing positive work within the important industries that are at the heart of our communities.”