- Kimberley woman Darrylin Gordon takes out 2018 WA AgriFutures Australia Rural Women's Award for program to drive job opportunities in Kimberley pastoral industry
- WA's impressive and inspirational women honoured at rural awards
Darrylin Gordon, a Jaru cattlewoman from Halls Creek, has been named Western Australia's 2018 Rural Women's Award winner.
Ms Gordon is passionate about empowering local Aboriginal people, and wants to effect positive change for the Kimberley.
She is working to develop a program aimed at delivering a work orientation and mentoring program at Lamboo Station, in which participants can connect to country, learn invaluable life skills and gain financial independence.
Ms Gordon hopes her program can provide employment opportunities to the young people of the Kimberley.
She will receive a $10,000 bursary to drive her project vision and will also compete for the national award in September.
Award finalists also included Sophie Dwyer, who has a vision to create a successful hemp industry with localised manufacturing capabilities; Paula Pownall, who wants to highlight opportunities for the future of protein farming in Western Australia as WA's first cricket farmer; and Carol Redford, who sees great opportunity for the development of astro-tourism in the Wheatbelt and Mid-West regions.
The Rural Women's Award is an initiative of AgriFutures Australia, supported in Western Australia by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The Rural Women's Award celebrates the integral roles women play in their communities, and encourages women to connect with a wider network, creating opportunities to drive innovation and strengthen the economic and social landscape of regional Western Australia.
"Darrylin is a young Jaru woman prepared to step up to the challenge of leadership and map out an economic future for her community.
"Carol, Darrylin, Paula and Sophie are ambassadors for Western Australia's strong and diverse regional communities.
"The work and commitment of this year's 2018 WA winner speaks to the calibre of rural women leaders in Western Australia."
Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk:
"It's important we make sure rural women are more visible and their significant contributions are recognised. The Rural Women's Award does exactly that.
"Women like Darrylin Gordon are the glue that holds towns and communities together - passing on invaluable life skills, like connecting to country and financial independence.
"Well done to the other finalists - you are all making an incredible contribution to the future generations of women."
Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200
Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 6600