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2022 AgriFutures Rural Girls’s Award to be introduced tonight

The 2022 nationwide winner and runner-up of the AgriFutures Rural Girls’s Award will probably be introduced tonight at a dinner on the Nice Corridor, Parliament Home in Canberra. The occasion returns after a two-year hiatus.

The AgriFutures Rural Girls’s Award is Australia’s main award empowering and celebrating the inclusive and brave management of girls concerned in Australia’s rural and rising industries, companies, and communities, now and into the longer term.

The state finalists are: 

Kimberley Furness


2022 AgriFutures Rural Girls’s Award to be introduced tonight
Kimberley Furness Rural Lady of the 12 months finalist, Bendigo Vic(Agrifutures: Chloe Smith Images)

Kimberley Furness understands the status of the AgriFutures Rural Girls’s Award – having interviewed many a state/territory finalist and winner herself.

The Victorian journalist and founding father of OAK Journal is keen about telling the tales of girls dwelling in regional and rural Australia – launching her quarterly print journal from her residence in Bendigo in 2017 as a platform to have fun feminine changemakers exterior metropolitan areas.

The mother-of-four began her journalism journey at simply 15 when she accomplished her Yr 10 work expertise as a reporter for The Nhill Free Press. Since then, she’s labored as a reporter for the Bendigo Advertiser, in magnificence remedy, company communications, copywriting, and social media consultancy.

Kimberley’s perception that “you can’t be what you can’t see” and her craving to see extra regional and rural girls represented in print media stays her biggest profession ambition. The businesswoman now employs writers, photographers and designers from throughout nation Australia who assist deliver every difficulty of OAK to life.

The editor would use her $15,000 Westpac grant in the direction of an audio model of the journal, using radio journalists primarily based within the bush to create and produce the content material.

Kylie Jones

Northern Territory

A woman with pear earrings and stylish dark dress smiles.
Kylie Jones of Mount Riddock, NT Agrifutures Rural Girls’s finalist(Equipped: Agrifutures)

Kylie Jones understands the significance of teamwork and neighborhood in empowering folks to be the perfect model of themselves. The previous Tasmanian cricketer and outback schoolteacher is a passionate advocate for distant studying and a champion for the mother and father and governesses who tackle the function of training the subsequent era – usually with out enough assist.

Drawing on her years of expertise in major training, in 2020, Kylie launched RAISEducation – a not-for-profit organisation with the purpose of constructing a neighborhood that helps distant educators to really feel related, empowered and assured in regards to the classes they ship. In doing so, it goals to make the distant classroom a spot that fosters a love of studying in college students.

Two years on and RAISEducation gives evidence-based studying assist to pre-school and primary-aged youngsters in 40 remoted households throughout WA, NT, SA and Qld.

On the coronary heart of the organisation is Kylie’s drive to make sure her providers stay free for educators searching for steerage by way of the RAISEducation packages.

“Geographically remoted households already face so many challenges and prices to teach their youngsters. We consider skilled, evidence-based academic assist ought to be accessible to anybody who wants it, no matter their monetary state of affairs,” Kylie defined.

Because the 2022 NT AgriFutures Rural Girls’s Award winner, Kylie would commit her $15,000 Westpac Grant to construct model consciousness and additional set up RAISEducation’s donor pathway, working with supporters who equally recognise the advantages of serving to remoted households to get probably the most out of their early training expertise.

Louise O’Neill

Western Australia

A woman in dark jacket stands smiling in a garden.
Louise O’Neill of Denmark, WA Rural Girls Finalist 2022.(Agrifutures: Rosie Henderson )

Residing on the land has many upsides, however rural communities usually lack much-needed well-being providers. Mum-of-two and university-qualified sports activities therapist Louise O’Neill needs to repair that, with Farm Life Health – an internet neighborhood that is reworking the bodily and psychological well being of individuals in rural Australia.

“I’ve witnessed too many individuals endure as a consequence of decreased well being,” Louise mentioned. “What drives me is the truth that I do know we want – and deserve – higher.”

Farm Life Health runs 30-minute reside, on-line group health courses, providing a fast, protected, and efficient manner for folks of all health ranges to train – from the consolation of their very own houses. One-on-one periods are additionally accessible to these searching for particular person teaching.

However Farm Life Health is greater than only a sweat session. A soon-to-be college graduate of psychology and counselling, Louise understands that optimising rural well being means taking care of the psychological facet, too.

“Our members participate in digital workshops and talks about psychological well being and wellbeing,” Louise defined. “Collectively, we talk about issues just like the significance of purpose setting, discovering steadiness, and [reshaping] our emotional relationship with meals.”

Farm Life Health is tapping an unmet want.

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