This RIRDC publication celebrates 10 years of the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award. It captures the professional and personal journeys of award recipients since 2000, when the award began.
For many recipients, the path of time and endeavour has led to great success in business and leadership in their industries and communities and beyond. For others, the vagaries of the economy and climate have led to the loss of dreams, thwarted ambitions, business closures.However, through all the recipients’ journeys some enduring traits shine through—tenacity and a ‘give it a go’ attitude,a passion and an uncompromising belief in primary industries and rural communities, ingenuity, and a fearlessness about embracing change to ensure a more prosperous future for rural Australia and the coming generations.
The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation applauds these women and is proud to recognise them as recipients of the Rural Women’s Award. The 10th anniversary of the award is a milestone that refl ects RIRDC’s commitment to leadership and capacity building for rural industries and communities. RIRDC instigated the award in order to recognise women’s contribution to primary industries and, importantly, to further develop women’s capacity to contribute by providing the support and resources needed to augment their skills and abilities. The award is an initiative of RIRDC in partnership with the state and territory agencies responsible for agriculture, primary industries and natural resource management, which manage the award at the state and territory level.