Northern Territory’s 2020 Rural Women’s Award State Finalists


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Meet the three inspirational women who have been chosen as state finalists for the NT’s 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.


Amy Kirke


Amy moved to Darwin to study for her PhD, which focuses on commercially exploited sharks in the Northern Territory. Working with fisheries departments has fueled her passion for sustainable industries and education. Amy wants to do everything she can to support and uplift women in her community.

Having recognised that industry and science communication and engagement rarely reach remote communities in the Northern Territory, Amy’s project will provide rural communities with much needed STEM engagement through science workshops.

Amy will use the Westpac bursary to help bolster scientific learning in the NT, and together with industry, will create more channels for collaboration, innovation and education for the sustainability of our resources into the future.




Maddison Clonan


Maddison is a Darwin-based agricultural scientist who is passionate about ensuring the sustainability of food and farming systems for rural and regional Australia.

Through exploring this passion, she has recognised the lack of engagement of young people in food and farming systems.

Maddison will use the Westpac bursary to develop an educational school program aimed at connecting young people with food production, developing the next generation of sustainable consumers and inspiring young people to seek careers in food and farming.


Emily Ford


Emily Tyaemaen Ford is a Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu woman from Kurrindju, located about 140 km south-west of Darwin, and is the fifth generation in her family engaged with the pastoral industry in the Top End. She is passionate about growing robust local communities and industry through educating and empowering communities, particularly young people.

Emily has recognised an opportunity to foster development, connection, and greater knowledge transmission between young people and local industries.

Emily will use the Westpac bursary to facilitate the development of emerging workforces, through a communication program, sharing in-depth knowledge about industries from a range of relevant experts.


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