The Minister for Primary Industries and Water Bryan Green announced Tassal community engagement officer Fiona Ewing as the winner of the Tasmanian Rural Women’s Award.
Mr Green said Ms Ewing was now in the running for the Rural Industries and Research Development Corporation’s 2012 National Rural Women’s Award.
The $10,000 State award will allow Ms Ewing to travel Scotland to learn more about the salmon industry. It will also provide the opportunity to attend an Australian Institute of Company Director’s course in Canberra.
Mr Green said there had been an excellent field of applications vying for this year’s award.
“The diversity of applications is a testament to the strength and vibrancy of Tasmania’s rural women,” Mr Green said.
“The Tasmanian Government recognises the vital contribution women make to rural industries and communities, and is proud to support the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award in partnership with RIRDC, Westpac and the other major sponsors.
“It is Australia’s pre-eminent award supporting the development of skills and capacity in rural women, and fosters women as leaders in primary industries.”
This year’s runner up was Gina Butler of Tunnel, who was recognised for her work in goat dairy industry in Tasmania.
In third place was rural veterinarian Sue Martin, who received the Tasmanian Women in Agriculture Encouragement Award, a $1,000 training bursary.