Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

    Novel ideas floated by rural women

    18/02/2016 6:00 AM
    • State finalists of RIRDC Rural Women's Award spread throughout WA 

    Four Western Australian women who are vying for a $10,000 bursary have suggested some novel ideas to promote the rural sector.


    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston today named the four finalists in the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women's Award, which will be announced on March 17.  The winner will receive a bursary and compete in the national award.


    They are:

    • Nicole Batten, a farmer from Yuna north-east of Geraldton, who wants to rent out farm houses to give people a taste of rural and regional living.  She wants to give farm house owners the confidence to be part of the program
    • Kalyn Fletcher, from Kununurra, wants to visit Brazil to bring back ideas about promoting  tropical agriculture in the Ord River irrigation area
    • Maree Gooch, from Mandurah, wants to attend a Canadian farm safety conference and then run a forum and workshops in regional locations for farming families and agricultural college students to learn easy-to-implement health and safety tools
    • Judy Snell, a Moora-based accountant, wants to help connect talented women in regional areas to employers to promote their enterprises and their skill base. 

    Mr Baston said rural and regional women played a crucial role in the State's $20 billion agriculture and food sector.


    "Agriculture industries are evolving at a rapid pace, as WA responds to growing global demand for food," he said.


    "I welcome these innovative projects and commend all the applicants for their vision, determination and willingness to bring new ideas to our farm operators."


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