Skills and training to ensure the cotton industry’s future sustainability
At the time of the Award, Jon-Maree had held the position of Executive Officer of Cotton Consultants Australia since 1997 and was the youngest Director of the Australian Cotton Industry Council. She owns and operates, in partnership with her husband, Baker Ag Services, and runs a farm specialising in Santa Gertrudis beef cattle and Australian stock horses.
Jon-Maree facilitated the first meeting of the Women’s Industry Network Cotton, which resulted in the formation of a working group to progress the establishment of a network for the sharing of information and ideas.
Her vision for the cotton industry was one where all members, both male and female, are qualified and equipped to meet the changing demands of government, community and regulators
She is committed to ensuring women have access to the necessary skills and training to enable them to play a greater role and in turn ensure the cotton industry’s future sustainability. Jon-Maree was committed to establishing a pilot course that offers technical, business and leadership training to women across her industry.
She believed there was a real demand for such a course and believed it would be the catalyst to fostering a strong network among cotton women, to ensuring women’s future involvement and contribution to their industry and to a strategy for women within the industry’s overall strategic plan. She also believed the pilot course once developed would have widespread application across other rural industries for the benefit of women across agriculture.