Victorian Rural Women's Award winner celebrates our fishing industry

Published: 22 March 2017

Victorian Rural Women's award winner for 2017The 2017 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Victorian Rural Women’s Award was awarded today to Kirsten Abernethy.

Ms Abernethy, who has worked in fisheries for over a decade, plans to work with women in the fishing industry to determine what information and training will help them better engage with the community and take on greater leadership opportunities.

She hopes to give women in the industry the skills to promote the fresh and sustainable seafood that is available throughout Victoria.

Ms Abernethy was selected by an independent panel alongside three other finalists, Cath Jenkins, Joelene Williams and Lisa Brassington.

Ms Abernethy will receive a $10,000 bursary to help implement her project.

She will also attend the Australian Institute of Directors’ Course in Canberra and have an opportunity to become the national award winner, who will be announced later this year.

The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award acknowledges the leadership role women play in agriculture and rural communities. The award is supported in Victoria by Agriculture Victoria and is sponsored nationally by Westpac.

Find out more about the RIRDC Rural Women's Award.