Celebrating rural women leaders

16 August 2019

At Sauce we’re always supportive of women doing great things in their communities and business, so it’s no surprise we’re excited to see the finalists for this year’s AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. The Award provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities.

The state winners and the national finalists for this year’s award are:

– Belinda Lay, Sheep and Cropping Farmer, Western Australia. Belinda’s project is based around Internet of Things, a trial of sheep collars and how the data collected can be used. Her aspirations are to change the way livestock and technology is viewed, which has mainly concentrated around manual handling.

– Claire Moore, Apiarist, Victoria. Claire is on a mission to inspire Australian bee keepers to increase their hive numbers and expand their commercial bee keeping operations while also exporting Australia’s healthy and clean bees to the world.

– Deanna Lush, Farmer and Co-Founder of AgCommunicators, South Australia. Deanna’s project involves establishing a network of ‘Trust in Ag Champions’ who will have the tools, knowledge and confidence to engage with non-agricultural audiences.

– Anh Nguyen, Owner and Manager of Torch Bearer Wines Estate, Tasmania. Anh wants to roll out a smart farming system using automatic controls and management retrofitted to current farming irrigation and control systems. This has the aim of freeing up labour, using resources more efficiently and maximising productivity.

– Zoe Malone, Founder of Village Green NT, Northern Territory. For her project, Zoe will work with community groups to produce a suite of useful resources to support better-informed decisions about governance, streamlining requirements and connecting them to useful tools and information.

– Natasha Roebig, Founder of Bee All Natural, Queensland. Natasha wants to encourage a new generation of beekeepers into the industry, especially women and youth. Working in partnership with the apiary industry, Natasha is establishing an interactive training facility in South-East Queensland, promoting innovative research and ethical and sustainable beekeeping practices.

– Jo Palmer, Founder of Pointer Remote Roles, New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory. Jo’s project is to create a portal within Pointer’s platform that will help to alleviate road blocks that hold many rurally based professionals back from engaging with remote work. The portal’s resources and training will also educate and support businesses to adopt remote employment.

The National Winner and Runner-Up of AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award will be announced on Wednesday 11 September at a Gala Dinner at Parliament House in Canberra. Tickets to the black tie event are limited and are now on sale. We hope to see you there!