Tickets now on sale for the 2019 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award Gala Dinner & National Announcement


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Krista Watkins with Darrylin Gordon

The National Winner and Runner-Up of AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award will be announced on Wednesday, 11 September at a Gala Dinner at Parliament House in Canberra. Tickets to the black tie event are limited and are now on sale.

The seven inspiring women recently announced as 2019 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award state and territory winners will gather in the Great Hall, Parliament House for the announcement.

The 2019 state and territory winners vying for the National title are:

• Ahn Nguyen, Tasmania
• Belinda Lay, Western Australia
• Claire Moore, Victoria
• Deanna Lush, South Australia
• Natasha Roebig, Queensland
• Zoe Malone, Northern Territory
• Jo Palmer, New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory.

AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award 2018 National Winner Krista Watkins will be the event MC and the black tie evening will be attended by alumni, industry and private sector leaders, government officials, parliamentarians and media. For the third year in a row, the event is open to the public to purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, John Harvey said the event celebrates the next generation of female leaders who are contributing and making a difference to rural and regional communities, businesses and industries across Australia.

“This is Australia’s leading award in acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural business, industries and communities. The event is an important step in acknowledging the contribution of these outstanding and inspirational women. The night is a celebration of their hard work and commitment and we are looking forward to showcasing their stories to the nation,” said Mr Harvey.
The National Winner and Runner Up will be announced in front of up to 500 guests in the Great Hall, Parliament House. The National Winner will receive an additional $10,000 bursary from Platinum sponsor Westpac, and the National Runner Up an additional $5,000 bursary.

Platinum sponsor Westpac’s Felicity Duffy, Head of Women’s Markets said AgriFutures Australia is at the forefront of sharing the stories of these remarkable Australians.

“Westpac has been a long time sponsor of these Awards because we understand the crucial role these women play in bringing about change in rural and regional communities that are doing it tough. We know this because we have a 200 year history of supporting regional and rural Australia and we see this through our relationships with our customers,” said Ms Duffy.

In addition to the Westpac bursary provided, the Award provides an important network for women to discuss the challenges and opportunities in Australian agriculture. It also provides them with an extended network of advocates across Australia who want to tap into their talents and abilities to benefit other local industries and communities.

Tickets to the 2019 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award Gala Dinner are on sale until 12.00pm (AEST), Sunday, 25 August (unless sold out prior).

For more information on the 2019 state and territory winners visit:

Background Information

Over the past two decades, The AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award has gained a significant profile, and is recognised as a program of influence among parliamentarians, industry, media and Award alumni. Each state and territory winner receives a $10,000 bursary for innovative ideas and projects, access to professional development opportunities and alumni networks.

The Award provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities.

AgriFutures Australia is committed to the future growth and advancement of the Award as a means of identifying, celebrating and empowering women. The Rural Women’s Award is one of many AgriFutures Australia initiatives ensuring our rural industries prosper now, and into the future.

• Platinum sponsor – Westpac
• Media partners – Fairfax, ABC Rural and RM Williams OUTBACK Magazine


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