Four finalists have been announced for the 2019 South Australian AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, recognising their leadership qualities and commitment to regional South Australian industries, business and communities.
The state finalists are Di Thornton, Michelle Verco, Natalie Sommerville and Deanna Lush.
The award allows state and territory winners to bring to life a project or initiative that will benefit rural or regional Australia, with a $10,000 bursary from Westpac.
The winner will also receive professional development opportunities and will join an impressive Alumni network.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone congratulated the four finalists, all of whom have contributed significantly to regional South Australia.
“The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award is an excellent platform for recognising emerging female leaders with the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and regional communities,” said Minister Whetstone.
“The diversity of this year’s finalists is impressive and is a testament to the broad reach of the award. Our finalists this year cover industries such as health, engineering, tourism, farming, emerging industries and communications.
“I congratulate this year’s finalists and urge them to continue being role models and helping to make a difference in their industries.”
This year’s judging panel for the state round comprises Pip Grant (AgriFutures Australia); Brad Higgins (Westpac); Bianca Jennings (Piper Alderman); and Alex Thomas (2018 South Australian Rural Women’s Award winner).
The 2019 state winner will be announced at a presentation in Adelaide on 28 March. The South Australian winner will compete for the national title against other state and territory winners at an event in Canberra later in the year.