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Fishers urged to grab opportunities

AFFA03/189M 11 September 2003

Young people working in the fisheries sector are being urged to take advantage of the opportunities available under the Australian Government's Young People in Rural Industries Program.

Australian Fisheries Minister Senator Ian Macdonald said the program was all about ensuring young rural people received the support they needed to play a prominent role in their industries by helping them boost their skills and making the most of new opportunities.

"The Australian Government recognises the important contribution fisheries and aquaculture enterprises make to Australia, particularly in isolated coastal and inland communities," Senator Macdonald said.

Applications are now open for two elements of the Young People in Rural Industries Program. The first - the Study Awards - help people undertake a project, such as a study tour, market research or attend a major conference here or overseas.

Nominations are also being called for the Young People's Corporate Governance Scholarships. The Scholarships - 14 in all (including at least one from each State and the Northern Territory) - will allow recipients to attend the prestigious Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.

"Both initiatives represent ideal opportunities for young people involved in fishing who are wanting to boost the contribution they make to their industry or community," Senator Macdonald said.

"On a more personal level, they will also help develop the skills, the knowledge and the confidence they need to become an integral part of government and industry decision?making.

"Many young Australians tend to underestimate the important contribution they make to the industries and communities they work in. I say to them: if an opportunity knocks, why not have a go?"

Applications for the Study Awards close Wednesday 15 October 2003, and applications for Corporate Governance Scholarships close 22 October 2003.

For more information about both of these opportunities, contact Emily Downie, Young People in Rural Industries Program on (02) 6272 5545, or

email, or visit the web site -

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: Mr David Crisafulli (07) 4771 3066 or 0400 144 483