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Young’s Susan Leahey awarded $10,000 Government scholarship.



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Young’s Susan Leahey awarded $10,000 Government scholarship

Thursday, 29 June 2006

Local radiographer and ultrasonographer Susan Leahey’s dedication to the rural industries has paid dividends, with the announcement today that she has won a $10,000 Australian Government scholarship.

Member for Hume Alby Schultz said Ms Leahey, who is a farmer and stud sheep breeder in Thuddungra as well as the managing director of the first commercial animal ultrasound service in Australia, was one of 11 women from across the country to have won a scholarship to attend a prestigious course run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The scholarship is a joint initiative of Australia’s rural R&D corporations (RDCs) and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

“Women represent around one-third of Australia’s farm workforce, with more than 70,000 employed as farmers or farm managers,” Mr Schultz said.

“For many, taking that next step and becoming an industry leader is a difficult one. They may feel they lack the necessary corporate governance, financial and legal skills or, more to the point, the resources to acquire them.

“That’s where the Australian Government’s Corporate Governance Scholarships come in — providing the winners with the opportunity to attend this intensive, five-day training course.” Mr Schultz said the course, to be held later this year, would help provide participants with the skills and confidence they needed to boost their presence on industry boards, committees and working groups.

The participants will:

· take part in panel discussions · visit various businesses and industry organisations · network with colleagues and attend a formal, end-of-programme dinner, and · receive advice from special-interest, guest speakers.

“And, over the next 12 months, senior industry leaders will act as mentors to the scholarship holders, greatly increasing their participation at the highest levels,” Mr Schultz said. The Hume MP said these scholarships were part of the Australian Government’s highly successful Industry Partnerships Programme.

“They’re open to women aged 36 and over who are involved in industries directly associated with any one of the participating RDCs, which in Ms Leahey’s case was Land and Water Australia,” he said.

Further information on the Industry Partnerships Programme is available at www.daff.gov.au/industrypartnerships or by calling 1800 686 175.