RIRDC Rural Women’s Award 2006 – supporting women with a vision for the future sustainability of agriculture, including forestry, fisheries, natural resource management and related service industries.

Agriculture and Food Minister Kim Chance saluted the contribution women make to rural business and communities.
The Minister was speaking at the presentation of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award to Binnu farmer Bev Logue.
Bev is a partner with her husband in a family broad acre share cropping business 90km north of Geraldton. Bev is passionate about biodiesel as an alternative fuel source for farmers and facilitates a project which aims to enhance regional biodiesel production.
The runner up for the 2006 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is Di Holly from Broomehill Barramundi.
Bev’s win comes in a year when the celebration of women’s contribution to rural, remote and regional WA will be in the spotlight, with International Women’s Day on 8 March focussing on rural and regional women.

The Women Unite Conference including the 10th Anniversary celebration of the RRR Network to be held in Perth during August will bring together women from across Australia.
“In the past seven years, this award has provided a group of progressive farming and fishing women with the opportunity to develop the skills and necessary profile to take on leadership positions as decision-makers within their community and industry.”
“Previous award winners from this state have represented many industry sectors, including pastoral and broad hectare agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, aquaculture and wild catch fishing”.
As the winner of the 2006 Award, Bev Logue receives a bursary of
$10,000 which will assist to improve her leadership, management and business skills, providing her with the capacity to play a greater role in the future of their industry and of rural Australia.

Bev and Di have both been awarded a place on the RIRDC Australian Institute of Company Director’s course which will give both women an opportunity to network with other finalists from across Australia.
This year’s state winner will also be in the running for the inaugural award, the National Rural Woman of the Year. As the 2006 western Australian Rural woman of the year, Bev will be an admirable candidate for the national title and will be a credit to both her industry and state.
The other finalists were Gae Bessen, the executive officer of the WA No-tillage Farmers Association, and Marji Armstrong, principal trainer of Classical Horsmastership International, Cranbrook.
For more information contact WA RIRDC Award Coordinator Christine Thompson on 08 98 61 2022.