Minister Praises Rural Women’s Award Winners For 2017

Minister Praises Rural Women’s Award Winners For 2017

Tasmania Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff

Rural Women Leading The Way

Victor P Taffa

Vision and ingenuity of women developing and strengthening Tasmania’s primary industries and rural communities has been recognised at today’s 2017 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award.

Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff has congratulated Tasmanian beef producer Rebecca Lynd who was named the 2017 Tasmanian winner.

Hodgman Government is the strongest supporter of Tasmania’s agricultural enterprises and has strategies in place to grow the value of Tasmanian agriculture to $10 Billion by 2050 and create more jobs in regional Tasmania.

Rebecca is the co-owner and operator of Big River Highland Beef in the Derwent Valley, producing Scottish Highland beef for local restaurants and consumers.

US study tour will enable Rebecca to gain an understanding of the contemporary issues and practices associated with small-scale, independently owned and /or community supported processing facilities.

Rebecca has taken the honours among an excellent and diverse field of entrants and this is a testament to the strength and vibrancy of Tasmania’s rural women.

As the Tasmanian winner, Rebecca will also represent the state in national selections for the Australian Rural Women’s Award.

“I would also like to congratulate this year’s runner-up, Heather Cosgriff who won the 2017 Encouragement Award.”

“Hodgman Government recognises the vital contribution women make to Tasmania’s rural industries, agribusiness and rural communities, and is proud to support the awards, together with other major sponsors.” Mr. Rockliff said.