The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award is the leading award empowering and celebrating the inclusive and courageous leadership of rural women across Australia.
The seven national finalists were announced at events in capital cities across Australia over the last three months, after a highly competitive selection process.
Women from all over Australia were encouraged to apply with a project, business or program having a positive impact on rural and emerging industries, businesses, and communities.
Each of the seven female leaders will receive a $15,000 Westpac grant to help boost, expand or elevate their work, with the National Winner awarded an additional $20,000 and National Runner Up, an additional $15,000. AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, John Harvey says he’s thrilled with the diverse and innovative projects that were submitted this year.
“It’s an exciting year for the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award with our seven national finalists already making such a positive influence in their industries and communities with their initiatives.
“We’re excited to provide these women with a platform to not only build on their leadership skills to drive change in rural and regional Australia, but also inspire and support other women whilst doing so,” said Mr Harvey.
The 2022 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award National Finalists:
NT – Kylie Jones, Alice Springs
Kylie is working to improve the educational support for families living in remote and isolated areas. Kylie gave up her stable job as a teacher to found RAISE Education, a not-for-profit organisation which provides individualised learning support by fostering connection and belonging for geographically isolated children, home tutors and parents.
TAS – Stephanie Trethewey, Dunorlan
Stephanie created Australia’s first personalised online rural mothers’ group. Motherland Village provides greater opportunities for rural mums across the country to find connection and support, regardless of their location.
VIC – Kimberley Furness, Strathfieldsaye
Kimberley is connecting regional and rural women through her magazine, OAK Magazine. The proudly independent print publication is dedicated to female entrepreneurs and women in business across regional and rural Australia.
WA – Louise O’Neill, Denmark
Louise is committed to improving the mental and physical wellbeing of rural communities Her business, Farm Life Fitness, aims to overcome the constraints of long distances in rural areas to deliver one-on-one coaching and live online group fitness workouts.