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RIRDC Rural Women's Awards 2016

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Thursday, 7 April 2016

Tags: Primary Industries, Pulp Mill

That the House:—

  1. Notes the recent presentation of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Awards for 2016.
  2. Recognises that:—
    1. the RIRDC Awards identify and support women who are emerging as leaders in the field and have the potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities; and
    2. the pre-eminent awards help women in the industry to drive innovation, build resilience and to make their own space in a field traditionally dominated by men.
  3. Further notes that the major award winners in each State receive a bursary of $10,000 to enable them to recognise their industry vision, and importantly, also provides them with the opportunity to participate in the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors Course where they are supported to develop an individual leadership plan.
  4. Congratulates:—
    1. the RIRDC in the role they are continuing to play in making a space for women in a male dominated industry and for the support they provide to women identified as leaders in their field, ultimately promoting innovation and diversity in an otherwise traditional space; and
    2. the Tasmanian winner of the Award, Rebecca Duffy of Holm Oak Vineyards, on taking the coveted title of 2016 Rural Woman of the Year for Tasmania.
  5. Further notes that Ms Duffy’s passion for combining the wine industry with the tourism industry is exactly what’s needed in our entrepreneurs and that her vision of making Tasmania a destination for agritourism is to be commended.
  6. Acknowledges Ms Duffy’s vocal opposition to the construction of a Pulp Mill in the Tamar Valley and the fact that her vineyard has been able to succeed, allowing for her to realise her goals, which would not have been possible had the mill project gone ahead.
  7. Further congratulates Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association project officer, Sally Murfet, on receiving the Encouragement Award for her contribution to agricultural development, and commends her for the interest she has taken in studying ways of attracting future generations to study or work in the industry via her study tour interstate.