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LNP Shadow Agriculture Minister Deb Frecklington has called on Queenslanders to nominate influential women in agriculture for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women's Award in the lead up to the UN's International Day of Rural Women on Thursday, October 15.
Ms Frecklington said many rural women faced enormous workloads and stress in dealing with some of Queensland's worst ever drought conditions and International Rural Women's Day was an opportunity to reflect on the growing leadership roles of women in agriculture.
"Women already hold many leading and influential positions in Queensland's primary industries but there are many more with real commitment that I encourage to step out of the woodwork and be recognised for the important contributions they have made to the state's agriculture sector," Ms Frecklington said.
"The Rural Women's Award is a great opportunity to develop leadership, make a difference and inspire others in the agriculture sector across Queensland."
Ms Frecklington said the award aimed to identify and support emerging women leaders with commitment and leadership potential to make a contribution to primary industries and rural communities.
She said women including Queensland Farmer's Federation president Joanne Grainger, Queensland Seafood Industry Association chair Karen Collard, DAF director-general Beth Woods and Queensland Country Life editor Penelope Arthur, held some of the most senior positions in Queensland's agriculture sector.
"I encourage any woman who aspires to make a difference to nominate for the Rural Women's Award, and get cracking soon because applications close October 30," she said.
Each state and territory winner receives a $10,000 bursary to implement their Award vision.
Each winner also has the opportunity to participate in the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors Course.