Tassie hazelnut farmer honoured at national RIRDC Rural Women's Awards

10 September 2015

Tasmanian hazelnut farmer and successful businesswoman, Carol Bracken, was last night named national runner-up for the RIRDC Rural Women's Award at a celebratory dinner in Canberra.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, said it was great to see high-achieving Tasmanians being recognised at a national level.

"Emerging and niche industries are of growing importance in Tasmanian agriculture and Ms Bracken is a wonderful advocate for these industries. She is also passionate about supporting and encouraging other rural women to develop leadership and business management skills," Senator Colbeck said.

"Ms Bracken will use the bursary to continue to build her knowledge and skills in hazelnut production, and to develop and evaluate business models for marketing hazelnut products. She also plans to run a series of regional workshops and tutorials for women starting up businesses, to help them build project management and other business skills."

Senator Colbeck also congratulated the national winner, Sarah Powell, who is helping to give other young leaders the skills and resources to act as ambassadors for their rural and regional communities.

"Ms Powell and Ms Bracken are deserving winners, and join an impressive group of other high-achieving rural women," he said.

Finalists in this year's awards included businesswomen, community leaders, and farmers using innovative approaches to educate the Australian community about agriculture, or to develop emerging industries and markets.

The RIRDC Rural Women's Awards provide rural women leaders with financial and professional support and training, access to a network of mentors and development opportunities.

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

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