The AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s leading award acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities. The Award provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities.
Over the past two decades, the Award has gained a significant profile, and is recognised as a program of influence among parliamentarians, industry, media and Award alumni. Each state and territory winner receives a $10,000 bursary for innovative ideas and projects, access to professional development opportunities and alumni networks.
The WA State Award
In WA the award is coordinated by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).
On the 28th March 2018 , over 100 people gathered at Government House Ballroom in Perth to celebrate the Agrifutures Rural Women’s Award, and name the 2018 WA winner of this award. The RRR Network was proud to manage this event on behalf of DPIRD.
Her Excellency the Honorable Kerry Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia announced the 2018 winner – Darrylin Gordon.
Darrylin is a Jaru Woman who lives and works on Lamboo Station, an Aboriginal managed pastoral station in the Kimberley. She is one of the traditional owners of the station and is passionate about the cattle industry.
Darrylin sees the importance of resilience and the need to empower other Aboriginal people and wants to build on the opportunities she has had to make a difference and be a role model to others.
Challenging traditional ideas that prosperity is linked solely to economic success Darrylin hopes to build a future where rural entities can mix culture, business and community together sustainably. For her, success will come when communities place the same importance on all of the things they value.
Darrylin sees a future where rural business take a holistic approach to land management and cattle production. Her project supports traditional owners maintaining cultural values, whilst caring for country and managing successful pastoral businesses.
Her project seeks to develop a Community Training and Empowerment program at Lamboo station to build self-respect and pride, together with valuable employment and life skills.