Riverina woman takes out NSWACT RIRDC Rural Womens Award

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Riverina woman takes out NSWACT RIRDC Rural Womens Award


John Barilaro and Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair MLC with Sandra Ireson, winner of the 2017 NSW-ACT Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award.

The Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Member of the Legislative Council Bronnie Taylor today congratulated Sandra Ireson, from Booligal, on winning the 2017 NSW-ACT Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award.

Sandra who was born and bred in Nimmitabel was presented with the award at the gala dinner held at NSW Parliament House.

“Sandra is a deserving winner of the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award – through her leadership and commitment she is changing the career prospects of young people interested in primary industries and enhancing our local farming communities,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Sandra co-developed the Hay Inc. Rural Education Program to address the challenge of providing young people with the opportunity to enter or stay in agriculturally dependent communities.

“The program gives young people the skills and knowledge they need to pursue a career in agriculture and provides hands-on training, mentoring and access to networks and landholders,” said Mrs Taylor.

Mrs Taylor said Hay has already received substantial benefits from the program including raising the profile of the local agricultural industry, enhancing tourism and a greater recognition and understanding of the importance of food and fibre production.

“Building on the success of the program, Sandra plans to develop an adaptable model and make it available to other communities across Australia.”

Sandra received a bursary of $10,000 and can participate in leadership training such as the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course.

Later this year she will compete for the National RIRDC Rural Women’s Award at Parliament House, Canberra.

The RIRDC NSW-ACT Rural Women’s Award is coordinated by the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network with support from NSW Farmers, Office of Environment & Heritage and the Country Women’s Association.