Hon Jackie Jarvis MLC

Hon Jackie Jarvis MLC

Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; Small Business

Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Minister for Regional Development; Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing

    WA’s Rural Women’s Award winner announced

    16/03/2023 12:00 AM

    • AgriFutures 2023 WA Rural Women's Award winner announced as Eaton businesswomen Michelle Moriarty
    • The award acknowledges and supports the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities

    South-West businesswoman Michelle Moriarty has been awarded the 2023 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award for her commitment to supporting widowed people across regional Western Australia.


    Ms Moriarty, of Eaton, is working to reduce social isolation for widowed women and men, by providing support groups that offer a safe space for honest discussions about the harsh realities of losing a partner.


    The award was presented at a ceremony in Perth this evening by Agriculture and Food Minister Jackie Jarvis, a past recipient of the WA Rural Women's Award.


    The prestigious award celebrates the inclusive and courageous leadership of women in rural industries, businesses and communities in WA.


    The other two finalists for the award were:

    • Kate Mitchell, Narrikup - is creating first aid programs and resources relevant to country life, that teach young people to be confident administering first aid and establishing a rural paediatric health hub for parents and caregivers to access information on a range of health topics.
    • Joy Sherlock, Dongara - through the use of unique tools, is increasing the understanding of farmers' property soil nutrient balance and associated factors and how this impacts on the uptake of nutrients by crops or pasture.

    Ms Moriarty will receive a $15,000 business development bursary to broaden her business in collaboration with local government and community groups, and she will represent WA at the national AgriFutures Rural Women's Award.


    The award is supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Westpac, CBH Group and the Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network of Western Australia.


    Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Jackie Jarvis:


    "I congratulate Michelle on her dedication to drive programs which support and connect people who have suffered the profound loss of a partner. She is a worthy winner of this year's WA Rural Women's Award.


    "The judging panel praised the calibre of all the finalists who are already making a difference in regional Western Australia and will continue to grow as community leaders."


    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Don Punch:


    "All of the 2023 finalists are be commended on their contributions to their regional and rural communities and industries, along with their passion for positive change.


    "While her own story is compelling, Ms Moriarty highlighted she is one of over one million widowed people in Australia, with her project focused on raising awareness and providing support.


    "Ms Moriarty follows in the footsteps of 2022 State winner, Denmark-based farmer and online business operator Louise O'Neill."


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