Awards recognise rural women with a vision for the future

Published Thursday, 26 August, 2021 at 01:24 PM

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
The Honourable Mark Furner

Applications are now open for the 2022 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Awards.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities, Mark Furner said the 2022 Awards would feature an even larger bursary from Westpac of $15,000 for the top award winner.

“The Rural Women’s Award empowers and celebrates women involved in Australia’s rural and emerging industries, businesses, and communities,” Mr Furner said.

“Through the Awards program, women are supported in using and further developing their skills in our regions and communities.

“It can help to secure funding for an existing project, business or program which is up and running within three months of submitting your application.

“Location is no barrier—if you want to create impact, innovate and contribute to enhancing the prosperity of rural and regional Australia, then this is your chance. Queensland’s agricultural sector thrives under the guidance of skilled rural leaders who are innovative, resilient and grow the industry for a better future.”

Mr Furner said last year’s Queensland Rural Women’s Award Elisha Parker was now contesting the national award, with the winner to be announced on 20 October 2021.

“Elisha is the Co-Founder of, a marketing and advertising site with an interactive catalogue for sales and auctions,” he said.

Applications for the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award open on Thursday, 26 August 2021 and close on Friday, 8 October 2021.

The 2022 awards have a $15,000 bursary for the Queensland winner, who will also be considered for the national award to win an additional $20,000 bursary.  There is an additional $15,000 for the national runner up.

The bursary can be used to support a project, business or program that will benefit rural industries, businesses and/or communities.

The Award also opens doors to professional development and Alumni networks.

Peta Ward, Westpac’s Regional General Manager (QLD), said the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award is an outstanding platform that encourages others to continue to pave the way for diversity across industries and for women to further develop their personal business journey.

“Elisha Parker is a great example of the many incredible women, and the inspiring Rural Women’s Award alumni before her, who are taking the lead in creating their niche whilst bringing to life innovative business opportunities for her community,” Ms Ward said.

“Regardless of whether she also wins the National AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, Elisha’s already a champion for driving change and leading by example, which is why Westpac continues to support these Awards, as it’s something we believe in too.”

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