The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award recognises contribution to rural communities.
NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson today congratulated NSW’s Isobel Knight, a succession planning specialist now living at Loomberah near Tamworth as a national runner-up in the award.
The award celebrates her contribution to the rural community of NSW, and rural women’s contributions Australia-wide.
“Isobel has worked closely with more than 400 individual families as part of her business ‘proAGtive’, which delivers targeted workshops across Australia, helping farmers prepare succession plans and navigate through what can be a complex journey,” the minister said.
Mrs Knight received a $10,000 bursary as part of the NSW/ACT State Award and used this to develop an online platform for succession planning that rural businesses can easily access and use, Ms Hodgkinson said.
“This platform will educate farming families about how to prepare their businesses for succession and Isobel hopes it will inspire positive attitudes in relation to planning and encourage more families to do it,” she said. “As national runner-up, Isobel will receive an additional $10,000 bursary to enable her to develop her leadership skills continue to educate about succession planning.”
Recognition awards have an important role in acknowleding and promoting success stories in rural and a regional communities, the media and the broader community.
The Australian Regional Development Conference held on the 15-16 October 2014 in Albury will be hosting The Regional Development Innovation Awards which will be presented at the conference dinner.
The awards aim to recognise and showcase innovation in regional communities. The Awards provide excellent opportunities for networking and recognition. The 2014 Award categories include the following: Economic Development; Planning & Building; Environment & Sustainability; Community Development. The nomination form is on the conference website.Regional Development Australia: The Conference 15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: [email protected] URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au