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Nairn calls for Rural Women's Award.

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 454 Published: 1/8/2001 Title: Nairn calls for Rural Women’s Award

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, today urged women to nominate for the Rural Industries R&D Corporation’s (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Awards 2002.

“The awards are open to all women working in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, natural resource management and related service industries, and recognise the significant contribution Australian women make to our rural industries and regional communities,” Gary Nairn said.

Each winner will receive a bursary of up to $20,000 and two finalists from each State will have the opportunity to attend RIRDC’s National Leadership Seminar in Canberra in March 2002.

“Women play a vital role in rural and regional businesses and communities,” Gary Nairn said.

“On my travels throughout the Eden-Monaro region I have been fortunate to meet some of the very talented women making a significant contribution to our rural and regional industries and communities and I urge them to nominate for this award.

“The award supports women with a strong vision for the future of rural and regional Australia and provides them with a financial opportunity to develop a project to help make that vision a reality.

“The objective of the award is to increase the capacity of women to contribute to regional and rural Australia by providing them with the support and resources to further develop their skills and abilities. It also encourages women to take roles in leadership and policy setting in rural Australia.” Gary Nairn said.

The Rural Women’s Awards are an initiative of RIRDC in partnership with Federal and State agriculture and primary industry agencies.

Application forms are available from today on the RIRDC’s web site - or from the Women in Rural Industries Section of AFFA on (02) 6272 5554.

Applications close on 15 October 2001, World Rural Women’s Day.