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Narrabri local Fiona Mead named as finalist for RIRDC Rural Women’s Award

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MEMBER for Barwon Kevin Humphries has announced Narrabri local Fiona Mead has been named as a finalist in the 2016 NSW-ACT Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award.

“I am pleased to announce that Fiona Mead from Narrabri has been recognised for her dedication to improving our primary industries and rural communities, and named as a finalist in this year’s Rural Women’s Award,” Mr Humphries said.

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Narrabri’s Fiona Mead

“Each applicant submitted a project initiative as part of the award, aiming to drive regional communities and primary industries’ growth and prosperity.

“Fiona’s project ‘Rural New Generation Project’ aims to introduce younger farmers onto the land by providing ideas on innovative pathways into farming.

“It will assist emerging farmers to acquire knowledge that will ensure they have the tools and skills required to move into agricultural enterprises.

“The award identifies and supports emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to our local area.

“I congratulate Fiona for being recognised as an advocate for change and a role model in our local community.”

The overall four finalists for 2016 are Sophie Hansen from Orange, Fiona Mead from Narrabri, Aimee Snowden from Tocumwal and Hannah Wandel from Kingston ACT.

The winner will be announced in March at Parliament House in Sydney, and will receive a bursary of $10,000 and participate in an Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course.

The three finalists will receive a $1000 NSW Department of Primary Industries Leadership Bursary for skills and leadership development.

The award provides financial assistance, mentoring, resources and peer support via a nation-wide network of dynamic business and community leaders through the award alumni.

The NSW-ACT winner will compete for the National RIRDC Rural Women’s Award on 12 October at Parliament House, Canberra.