Northern Territory Rural Women’s Award winner announced

Linda Blackwood was last night announced as the Northern Territory (NT) winner of the AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award for a project which would see station managers digitally access the records and accreditations of potential contractors.

Mrs Blackwood, who lives in Katherine, identified risk management of contractors and associated administrative costs as a key issue affecting NT stations. She proposed a Station Site Access project which would allow contractors to lodge their accreditations online, and for station managers and employers to easily view them.

Mrs Blackwood receives a $10,000 bursary towards the development of the venture, and will represent the NT at the national awards ceremony in September.

The three NT finalists each identified projects which would improve rural industry practices; breaking down barriers and developing agricultural industry in the NT.

Amber Driver, from Alice Springs, identified the challenges faced by rural women living in the NT as a key focus area. Her initiative outlined workshops to equip women with the tools to generate positive pathways for self-prosperity, resilience and success and to encourage them to take on new roles to serve both the rural sector and community.

Annette Howie has established Country Connections NT, a network that provides rural, regional and remote women across the Territory with links to support services, community groups, government and private enterprise. She is working to further develop the project onto digital platforms that connect and inform.

The AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award acknowledges and supports the essential role that women play in rural industries, businesses and communities. In addition to the bursary, State and Territory winners gain access to professional development opportunities and alumni networks. For over 20 years, the Awards have provided women with the opportunity to achieve positive change for rural and regional Australia through diverse and innovative projects in the rural industries and communities.

Northern Territory Rural Women's Award finalists (left to right) Annette Howie, Linda Blackwood, Amber Driver
Northern Territory Rural Women's Award finalists (left to right) Annette Howie, Linda Blackwood, Amber Driver