Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing is encouraging the local community to nominate inspiring rural women for the 2016 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Victorian Rural Women’s Award.

The Rural Women’s Award honours the efforts of emerging leaders and creates opportunities for women to effect change in agricultural industries and rural communities.

Acknowledging the contributions of women in our communities is a priority for the Andrews Labor Government. We are proud to support this important award for rural women.

Applications for the award are open until 30 October 2015. Victorian finalists will be celebrated at a ceremony at Parliament House in March 2016, with the winner to receive a bursary of $10,000 to implement their project vision and participate in the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.

For more information about the award and to obtain a nomination form, please visit, the Rural Women’s Award website, or contact Jon Graftdyk on 03 5772 0225 or

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing

“I am very pleased to support this award and acknowledge the vital leadership role women play in primary industries and rural communities right across Gippsland.”

“This is about recognising the hard work of inspiring women in our rural communities.”

“I encourage locals to nominate those extraordinary rural women in the community who are making a substantial contribution.”