Amy Kirke wins AgriFutures 2020 Rural Women’s Award
Darwin’s Amy Kirke has taken out the coveted Northern Territory 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award for her planned work in much needed scientific learning in rural communities of the Territory.
The annual award celebrates the achievements of women from the Territory’s rural communities and industries and provides a platform to inspire and support Territorian women in the rural sector.
Moving to Darwin to study for her PhD that focuses on commercially exploited sharks in the Northern Territory, Ms Kirke is passionate about sustainable industries and education with emphasis on supporting and uplifting women in her community.
Amy plans to use her $10,000 Westpac bursary on a project that will provide rural communities with much needed STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) engagement through science workshops.
Recognising that industry and science communication and engagement rarely reach remote communities in the Northern Territory, Ms Kirke’s project will aim to bolster scientific learning.
Together with industry, the project aims to create more channels for collaboration, innovation and education to sustain our resources into the future.
This year’s other two finalists were:
- Emily Ford (Darwin) a proud Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu woman from Kurrindju, she identified an opportunity to foster development, connection, and greater knowledge transmission between young people and local industries. Emily’s project aims to facilitate the development of emerging workforces, through a communication program, sharing in-depth knowledge about industries from a range of relevant experts.
- Maddison Clonan (Darwin) recognised the lack of engagement of young people in food and farming systems. She endeavours to develop an educational school program aimed at connecting young people with food production, developing the next generation of sustainable consumers and inspiring young people to seek careers in food and farming.
Amy Kirke will go on to represent the Territory as a finalists in the national awards.
Agribusiness is a priority growth sector which creates ongoing local jobs, while also supporting the awards, helps the government support future leaders of the sector.
For more information about the Rural Women's Award go to the Department of Primary Industry and Resources website.