Celebrating rural women in business

1 April, 2014
A social worker, farmer and mother of five has been announced as the Tasmanian state winner of the 2014 RIRDC Rural Women's Award.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the award recognises women with demonstrated leadership capabilities and a commitment to make an even greater contribution to benefit rural communities or industries.

"Congratulations to Annette Reed as this year's winner in Tasmania. Throughout her personal life and career, Annette has shown a real passion for the land and demonstrated a deep understanding of the needs of rural people," Senator Colbeck said.

"As the founder of Rural Help @ Hand and past president of Tasmanian Women in Agriculture, Annette has helped support and educate rural women. She has cared for patients, their families and communities in times of crisis due to injury or illness, ensuring they remain connected to the land."

"I'm pleased to see her work is being recognised, and it's fitting it is by something as prestigious as the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women's Award."

Annette's project aims to build the confidence of women on small rural properties and encourage them to seek business opportunities. Annette will now compete with six others from around the country to be named the national winner of the 2014 RIRDC Rural Women's Award.

"As well as helping make important projects like Annette's a reality, this Award ensures talented and dedicated Australians receive personal and professional development opportunities, including access to a network of Award alumni mentors."

"I congratulate all the state finalists and wish them luck for the national award,"Senator Colbeck said.

The RIRDC Rural Women's Award is Australia's pre-eminent award for rural women with each of the finalists to receive a $10,000 bursary.

The national winner will be announced on 24 September at the 2014 RIRDC Rural Women's Award National Celebratory Dinner, to be held at Parliament House in Canberra.

For more information on the RIRDC Rural Women's Awards visit www.rirdc.gov.au/rural-women's-award.

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