The McGowan Government supports the awards which acknowledge and support the vital contributions of women to rural industries, businesses and communities around the State.
Ms Peek is a Yawuru/Bunubu woman driving opportunities for rural and remote people to empower the Aboriginal community.
She will invest her $10,000 business development award in progressing the Saltwater Academy, which celebrates the heritage of the Kimberley Aboriginal pastoral industry and provides related emotional, economic and cultural initiatives, including training and employment opportunities.
Ms Peek won from a strong field of five finalists also including:
- Albany farmer and agricultural economist Lucy Anderton who designed the FARMSMART® farm business analysis tool;
- Kalannie Community Resource Centre co-manager Jo Ashworth whose Growing Kalannie Project provides community members access to traineeships and apprenticeships;
- Broome’s Lauren Bell who founded an insect farming start-up for the sustainable management of organic waste; and
- Mukinbudin-raised Kendall Whyte whose Blue Tree Project sparks important conversations around mental health.
While an awards ceremony could not go ahead this year due to social distancing requirements, this year’s Rural Women’s Award was announced in a special broadcast on ABC’s Country Hour.