Congratulations Zoe Malone

Congratulations to Department of Primary Industry and Resources employee, Zoe Malone on reaching the national final of the 2019 AgriFuturesTM Rural Women’s Award.

The AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s leading award in acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural and regional businesses, industries and communities.

Inspired by her experience living and working in regional Australia and being involved in her community, Ms Malone won the Northern Territory award earlier this year with her proposed project designed to help grassroots community groups keep up with increasing governance and accountability demands.

“I’m passionate about the role people and communities play in creating strong and vibrant regions,” Ms Malone said.

“With the ever increasing demands faced by these important volunteer-run groups, it’s getting harder to keep volunteers and attract new ones.

“My project, the Village Green, will make it easier for volunteers and community groups to navigate their way through compliance and governance demands.”

For taking out the state/territory award, Ms Malone received a $10,000 bursary from Westpac to bring Village Green to life for the benefit of community groups, volunteers and ultimately, the community.

The national winner was announced yesterday evening at a gala event in Canberra, attended by the seven finalists including Ms Malone, all whom were vying for the extra contribution to expand their projects.

But her work isn’t over yet – Ms Malone is seeking feedback from volunteers and community groups to help inform the development of Village Green.  Until the end of September, you can find out more about Village Green and have your say by completing a survey at www.village-green.net.

For anyone feeling inspired, nominations for the 2020 AgriFuturesTM Rural Women’s Award open today and Ms Malone is urging women to put their hand up.

“This project is a passion of mine, and it just wouldn’t have been possible without the support of AgriFutures and Westpac through these awards.

“It has been an amazing experience and connected me to passionate women who are doing amazing things right across regional Australia and our primary industries.

“I would definitely encourage people to nominate for the awards in 2020.”

The award is open to all women over the age of 18 involved in rural industries (agriculture, forestry and fisheries), rural and regional businesses and rural and regional communities. No formal qualifications are required and location is no barrier.

Each state/territory winner is awarded a $10,000 bursary from Westpac, with the national winner receiving an additional $10,000 and the runner-up $5,000.

In addition to the Westpac bursary, state and territory winners gain access to professional development opportunities and alumni networks.

Visit the AgriFutures™ website to find out more about the award and how to nominate.

Zoe Malone - NT Rural Women's Award winner 2019

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