AWB Limited has announced the four winners of the AWB scholarship to attend the third World Congress of Rural Women conference, taking place in Madrid, Spain, in October 2002.
AWB Managing Director, Andrew Lindberg, said the scholarships were part of a substantial investment into the future of Australian agriculture by AWB, which announced $85,000 worth of support for Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA) early this year.
The winners of the AWB scholarship were announced at the National Australian Women in Agriculture conference in Queensland, and are:
- Cathy Bowen, Jennacubbine, WA
- Ros Hegarty, Mukinbudin, WA
- Karolee Wolcott, South West Rocks, NSW
- Sharon Honner, Mailtland, SA.
The four were selected for the AWB scholarship based on their contribution to Australian agriculture, and the grains industry in particular, and the likely future contributions they could make as a result of the trip.
As part of the sponsorship the four winners will attend a brief European agriculture tour and participate in the three day conference in Madrid in October. Upon their return, the attendees will share their experiences with other rural women and their local communities.
They will join a delegation of about 150 women from Australia who are attending the conference, led by the Hon. Judith Troeth, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
AWiA president, Jan FitzGerald, who is also attending the conference, said the delegation will be briefed on Australia’s trade policies and the current international trade issues before departing.
"With the conference being based in Spain this year there will be a special interest in European perspectives on the trade issues and policies which have a direct influence on Australian Agriculture," Mr FitzGerald said.
"This scholarship fund donated by AWB is providing a fantastic opportunity to the four winners to come together with rural women from all over the world, in an exercise that will also have wider reaching benefits for Australian agriculture," Ms FitzGerald said.
Mr Lindberg said the partnership between AWB and AWiA is part of a plan to get closer to grain growers and their communities.
"AWiA plays an important role in education, training and support within the broader rural community, and AWB regards a partnership with the organisation as an investment in the future of that community," Mr Lindberg said.