Nominate now for the 2019 Rural Women’s Award

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The 2018 AgriFuturesTM Rural Women’s Award national winners were announced on Monday 15 October.

Krista Watkins from Queensland was named winner and Darrylin Gordon from Western Australia runner up.

Territorian Linda Blackwood was a finalist for the 2018 award after winning the Northern Territory Rural Women’s Award in March for her Station Site Access accreditation plan – an app that will allow contractors to lodge their accreditations online, and station managers and employers to easily check contractors' accreditation status.

Linda’s project aims to improve management and increase efficiency on stations as, currently, pastoralists have to individually check the certification and insurance of tradespeople coming onto their properties.

Linda said her project is going well and being involved in the Rural Women’s Award process has helped the project progress.

“It’s certainly given increased awareness of me and my project and, importantly, the Rural Women’s Award provides credibility and support,” Linda said.

She’s currently in the information gathering stage of development and has been in discussions with a number of key stakeholders.

Do you want to create impact, innovate and make a difference or contribute to enhancing the prosperity of rural and regional Australia?

Territory women with a project or initiative that will benefit rural industries, businesses or communities are encouraged to apply for the 2019 AgriFuturesTM Rural Women’s Award, which are open now. Northern Territory applicants have until 27 January 2019 to nominate for the award.

The award is open to all women over 18 who are involved in rural industries, rural and regional businesses, and rural and regional communities.

The Territory winner will receive a $10,000 bursary for innovative ideas and projects, access to professional development opportunities and alumni networks.

Linda said any women considering entering the 2019 awards should just do it!

“It’s a great experience, it’s easier than you think, and if you’ve got a good idea go for it,” she said.

Find out more about the AgriFuturesTM Rural Women’s Award and how to enter on the Department of Primary Industry and Resources website.

Linda Blackwood - 2018 NT Rural Women's Award winner

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