Celebrating and honouring Victorian women in agriculture

Published: 9 March 2017

On International Women's Day, and throughout the month of March, the Victorian Government is putting the spotlight firmly on celebrating and honouring our Victorian women in agriculture.

Celebrations kicked off yesterday with the announcement of the finalists in the 2017 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation's (RIRDC) Victorian Rural Women's Award, which celebrates outstanding leadership and innovation in the $13 billion agricultural industry.

This year's Victorian finalists include:

  • Catherine Jenkins, South Purrumbete, who wants to complete a feasibility study and develop an Australian dairy women's network
  • Kirsten Abernathy, West Melbourne, who wants to build a platform for women in fishing to focus on people development and capacity building
  • Lisa Brassington, Frankston South, who wants to reduce on-farm waste and lost income caused by waterbirds and bats
  • Joelene Williams, Lake Boga, who wants to attend an International Conference on Areawide Management of Insect Pests in Austria, and apply what she learns to help develop the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Industry Development Committee's Regional Action Plan

The winner will be announced at Parliament House on Wednesday, 22 March, 2017.

The Victorian Government also announced the support for Museum Victoria's Invisible Farmer Project. The Invisible Farmer offers women in agriculture the chance to tell their stories, or those of other inspirational farming women across Victoria.

The government will also be supporting the 28th annual Women on Farms Gathering, to  be held in Harrow on Friday, 24 March, 2017 to honour and celebrate the important role women play in agriculture and rural communities.