Adults in Tasmania are disproportionately affected by illiteracy, with up to 49 per cent in some regions considered functionally illiterate. Allison Clark is determined to change these figures.
Having been working for decades in business diversification, product design and development, Clark saw a need to do something to help those with literacy issues – especially those starting their own businesses in rural, regional, and remote communities.
She began working to ensure entrepreneurs and businesses could find the information they needed, in a way that was meaningful and useful for them to ensure future success and growth. The project earned her recognition as the winner of the 2018 TAS AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.
“At the heart of my project was ‘innovation’ and how you create change for individuals with diversity challenges who had a business idea but did not know where to start looking for support,” she told Women’s Agenda recently.
“I also wanted to understand if industry funded research and development was finding its way into a space where it could help support start-up activities. And then I started designing projects and collaborating with others on new opportunities that could help!”
Clark said the award has helped her to go on to do more work building opportunities for growth in the regions.
“I did not realise the full potential of winning the Award at the time…I knew it promised great things, but it has really become the catalyst for all of the things that I have wanted to achieve,” Clark said.
Clark is now working on a project designed to accelerate agritourism in Tasmania, and support farmers and farming families in the state.