Yesterday, CRDC hosted a group of cotton industry leaders at the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award dinner in Canberra.
Dianne Purcell and Ruth Redfern of CRDC were joined by CRDC director Liz Alexander, Cotton Australia director Fleur Anderson, Wincott chair Sally Dickinson, Wincott Border Rivers representative Hollie Gall, and CRDC-supported winner of the ABARES Science and Innovation Award for 2016, Yvonne Chang.
CRDC has long been a supporter of projects and initiatives designed to support rural women, such as the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award.
“We support a wide range of programs that help to develop our industry’s people – from Horizon Scholars and Future Cotton Leaders to the ABARES Science and Innovation Awards and RIRDC’s Rural Women’s Award,” said CRDC Executive Director Bruce Finney said.
“These programs are part of a suite of initiatives that we invest in as part of our ‘people’ program – and we’re always looking for outstanding emerging and established leaders to participate in these programs.
“Developing leadership, like that shown by the Rural Women’s Award finalists, is a key focus for the cotton industry, and we’re pleased to be able to play our part,” Bruce said.
The 2016 national recipient of the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award was Sophie Hansen, a food and farming blogger from Orange, NSW. Sophie will use her bursary to develop an innovative, self-paced online social media course for Australian farmers and farming communities, helping them to tell their stories. The runner up was Kalyn Fletcher, a seed producer from Kunnanurra in WA, who will use her bursary to investigate wet season cropping options.
“Opportunities to network with, be inspired by, and to develop into such leaders are invaluable, which is why CRDC continues to support the RIRDC award, and all the other people development programs,” Bruce said.