Rural Women's Award
2018 Victorian AgriFutures™ Rural Women's Award
Meet the winner and finalists
The Victorian AgriFutures™ Rural Women's Award celebrates and inspires female leaders living in country and regional areas across Australia. Hear the inspirational words of this year's Victorian winner and finalists in the videos below. The award's national winner will be announced at a gala dinner in September 2018.
Melissa Connors, from Kyneton, won the 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award, wanting to create stronger and more engaged communities by connecting tree changers with established and retired farmers who can pass on their invaluable local knowledge to motivated newcomers. Melissa will receive a $10,000 bursary to implement her project vision.
Cara Hadzig, from Murra Warra was a runner-up, who wants to reduce farm work injuries by developing an application that provides farm safety inductions, alerts for maintenance requirements and a platform to log faults and issues around the farm.
Jade Miles, from Stanley was a runner-up, who wants to share her learnings from developing a community owned regional food co-operative and build a social enterprise based model that can be rolled out in other regions.
Read more about this year's winner Melissa Connors on the Victorian Rural Women's Network website.
About the award
The AgriFutures™ Rural Women's Award is Australia's leading Award in acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities.
The Award provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities.
The Award can help you to secure funding for innovative ideas and projects, or open doors to professional development and Alumni networks.
Location is no barrier. If you want to create impact, innovate and make a difference and/or contribute to enhancing the prosperity of rural and regional Australia, then we want to hear from you.
Join a network more than 200 accomplished women who've been acknowledged for their contribution to rural industries and rural and regional Australia.
Agriculture Victoria is proud to sponsor the AgriFutures Victorian Rural Women's Award. Finalists are selected based on demonstration of their commitment to the future sustainability of primary industries, their potential to achieve and deliver benefits to their industry, and how they provide leadership and share their skills and knowledge with their communities.
This award comprises:
- A $10,000 bursary for leadership development
- The opportunity to participate in the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course
- Support to develop an individual integrated leadership plan.
The Victorian winner is considered in the AgriFutures Rural Women's Award.