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    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
    The Honourable Leanne Donaldson

    Queensland Rural Women’s Award winner announced

    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
    The Honourable Leanne Donaldson

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    Queensland Rural Women’s Award winner announced

    Emma Robinson from Charters Towers is the winner of the Queensland Rural Women’s Award for 2016.

    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson made the announcement at Parliament House this afternoon.

    Emma plans to use the $10,000 bursary to promote Queensland’s family farm co-operatives and to help them to be more efficient and competitive.

    Minister Donaldson congratulated Emma on her achievements as a commercial beef producer and on her vision for the industry. 

    “The annual Rural Women’s Award promotes leadership and growth for women across primary industries,” the Minister said.

    “It enables emerging women leaders to realise their vision for primary industry and regional communities through financial and professional support.

    “This year’s five finalists demonstrate how women are greatly improving Queensland’s rural communities, and each of their projects was a fantastic reflection of the work being done.

    “Women who are as positive and energetic as the finalists set a great example to young women and girls in our rural and regional communities. They have already made a real difference.”                                                                             

    The other Queensland finalists were Cilla Slack from Reids Creek, Krista Watkins from Walkamin, Amanda Hinds from Bundaberg and Fiona Lake from Hermit Park.

    Emma, a former extension officer in the Department of Primary Industries, will now compete for the national Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Award to be announced in Canberra in October this year.

    “My passion is for the family farm and the role it can play in the modern world,” she said.

    “The four other projects were all fantastic, and were all worthy winners.

    The winning project will look into the ‘nitty gritty’ of how to change the structure of the beef and cattle industry for family farms.

    Emma said co-operatives could come in many different shapes and sizes and a number of models were successful around the world.

    “I hope by bringing in experts to allow family farms to succeed in a competitive global market.

    “This can be achieved by using new media to promote family farming co-operatives and by building relationships between producers and supply chain, I hope this can bring long-term sustainable success to the sector,” she said.

    The Queensland Government coordinates this Award every year, in conjunction with RIRDC, as part of recognising and supporting the innovative contributions rural women make to primary industries.

    The Award is sponsored by Westpac, Fairfax Agricultural Media, ABC Radio and RM Williams Outback Magazine.

    For more information on the award, visit's-award

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    Note to news editors: Photographs of the Minister with the finalists are available upon request.