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DAFF05/047WT - 3 March 2005

Truss announces rural women scholarship winners

Thirteen rural women have won Australian Government scholarships to attend a six-day corporate governance course in Canberra this month to further their visions for the future of their industries.

The Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss, said the scholarships are a joint initiative of the Government's Industry Partnerships, Corporate Governance for Rural Women Initiative and 13 of Australia's rural R&D corporations (RDCs).

"They enable rural women to attend an intensive course run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors to be held in Canberra from March 5th.

"The course has been running successfully for two years and provides rural women with an opportunity to develop their skills and expertise, and to take a more prominent role in their industries' senior decision-making," Mr Truss said.

Many of the scholarship winners have project ideas and plans that have the potential to deliver significant long-term benefits to Australia's rural sector.

This year, course participants will tackle issues ranging from reducing grazing pressure and getting a better understanding of the boutique and commercial ends of the wine industry, to broader issues such as value-adding, benchmarking and sustainability.

Mr Truss said the corporate governance course is growing in popularity, with applications for Australian Government scholarships increasing each year.

"More than 70,000 Australian women classify themselves as farmers or farm managers," he said. "While their contribution to our agricultural industries is enormous, rural women are still under represented in the ranks of senior decision-makers.

"The Coalition Government has worked hard to turn that situation around. With initiatives such as Corporate Governance Scholarships, we are making significant progress.

"As well as being able to attend the company directors course, the scholarship winners will also participate in a 12-month mentoring program with high-level industry leaders, enabling them to put their new skills into practice and to build their contact networks.

"The Australian Government is committed to helping rural women take on more senior positions within their industries and communities," Mr Truss said.

For more information, visit the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry web site: www.daff.gov.au/ruralwomen or phone 02 6271 6437.

A full list of the 13 scholarship winners and sponsoring RDCs is attached

Further media inquiries:

Minister Truss' office: Tim Langmead - 02 6277 7520 or 0418 221 433

HON WARREN TRUSS MP M I N I S T E R F O R A G R I C U L T U R E , F I S H E R I E S A N D F O R E S T R Y

M E D I A R E L E A S E

A d v a n c i n g A u s t r a l i a n A g r i c u l t u r e

Media Contact: Kylie Butler - 02 6277 7520 0417 652 488 kylie.butler@daff.gov.au www.daff.gov.au

Corporate Governance for Rural Women Program

Full list of the 13 scholarship winners and sponsoring RDCs

Name Town State Phone Sponsoring RDC

Jane Holt St Arnaud VIC (03) 5496 3220 Grape and Wine

Diana Lloyd

Mount Gambier SA (08) 8739 9284 Forest & Wood Products

Dianah Mieglich Port Pirie SA 0429 344 194 Fisheries

Carey Rae Paterson

South Hedland WA (08) 9140 1124

Meat and Livestock Australia

Sarah Standen Babinda QLD (07) 4067 1313 Sugar

Jennifer Crichton Morven QLD (07) 4654 8125

Land and Water Australia

Alicia Dunbar Emerald QLD (07) 4982 0933 Cotton

Jeannette Howie Denison VIC (03) 5148 6312 Dairy Australia Ltd

Michele Simpson Wellington NSW (02) 6886 6158 Grains

Domenica Latorre Renmark SA 0417 811 809 Rural Industries

Catherine Silverstein Shepparton East VIC (03) 5829 2307

Horticulture Australia Ltd

Christine Hancock Gordonvale QLD (07) 4056 1251 Sugar

Deborah Kerr Leeton NSW (02) 6953 0433

Land and Water Australia