Darwin’s Zoe Malone has taken out the coveted Northern Territory 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award for her work in empowering grassroots organisations to continue their valuable contributions to the regions.
The annual award celebrates the achievements of women from the Territory’s rural communities and industries and provides a platform to inspire and support Territorian women in the rural sector.
Ms Malone has spent most of her life in rural and regional Australia and is passionate about the role people and communities play in creating strong and vibrant regions.
She recognised that many grassroots community groups are struggling to keep up with increasing governance and accountability demands, putting pressure on a decreasing pool of volunteers.
Ms Malone plans to use her $10,000 Westpac bursary on a project working with grassroots organisations to provide tools and information to empower volunteers and community groups to take charge of their governance.
Ms Malone will now go on to represent the Territory as a finalist in the national award.
This year’s other two finalists were:
- Donna Digby (Alice Springs), who would like to pilot a business development and leadership program for women in remote Australia to become InvestHER ready and build leadership and business skills, capabilities and confidence, encourage cross-sector networks and foster partnerships in the region.
- Rebecca Mohr-Bell (Victoria Daly), who has identified a lack of financial literacy and business skills among young people working on farms and in regional communities, and would like to explore incentives, training packages or other initiatives that could teach financial literacy and skills to young people in an engaging and relevant way.
The Territory Labor Government has highlighted agribusiness as a priority growth sector to create jobs and supporting the awards helps the government support future leaders of the sector.