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    DEDICATED: Kelly Barnes of Dunkeld won the 2020 Victorian AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award and is dedicated to providing ways for rural people to build resilience and connectedness in their communities.

AgLife: Award deadline approaching

There is only one week left for people to apply for a 2022 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.

Award organisers are encouraging female leaders who want to have an impact, be innovative and make a difference in rural and regional Australia to apply. 

AgriFutures Australia managing director John Harvey said women who wanted to contribute to enhancing the prosperity of rural and regional Australia should apply before October 8.

“The award provides a life-changing opportunity for women to use and develop their skills to make a difference and benefit their industries and communities,” he said.

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“Over the past two decades, the Rural Women’s Award has provided close to 300 women with the opportunity to achieve positive change for rural and regional Australia and significant professional development opportunities.”

AgriFutures Australia is seeking applications from women with an established project, business or program that is having a positive impact on rural industries, businesses and communities. 

“It is an exciting time ahead and the Rural Women’s Award is just one of many AgriFutures Australia initiatives ensuring rural and regional industries prosper now and into the future,” Mr Harvey said. 

“As has been the case in previous years, location is a no barrier – applicants can live in rural and regional Australia, or in the city – their applications will be measured on the impact and benefits to rural and regional Australia.” 

Each state and territory winner receives a $15,000 bursary provided by platinum sponsor Westpac, to further develop their project, business or program, access professional development opportunities and national alumni networks.

The 2022 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award national winner and runner-up, selected from the state and territory winners and announced at a gala dinner, will receive a further $20,000 and $15,000 respectively.

People can apply online at

Applications for a new AgriFutures Rural Women’s acceleration grant also close on October 8. People can apply online at

The entire September 29, 2021 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!

The entire September 29, 2021 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!