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Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Terry Redman

Wongan Hills Achiever Earns Rural Women’s Award

Victor P Taffa

A Wongan Hills farmer and businesswoman have taken out this year’s Western Australian Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation 2010 Rural Women’s Award.

Agriculture and Food and Forestry Minister Terry Redman presented the award to Sue Middleton at a ceremony in Perth last night.

The award provided important recognition of the vital contribution made by women to rural businesses and regional communities in Western Australia.

“This award is an opportunity to honour the significant achievements by women who are passionate about developing WA primary industries and rural communities.” Mr. Redman said.

While running a citrus, pork and grain farming operation with her husband, Ms. Middleton has established a successful rural development consultation business. She is also actively involved with natural resource management in her region.

Ms. Middleton will receive a $10,000 bursary and the opportunity to attend a Company Directors’ course in Canberra later this year.

The Minister said Ms Middleton had a vision for agribusiness as competitive, dynamic, market focused and ecologically sound.

“Through her experience with a range of agricultural industries, environmental issues and community development opportunities, Sue is keen to provide leadership for rural communities, particularly through mentoring of young people.” Mr. Redman said.

“She is currently working on a resource guide for practitioners in rural community development and developing a food provenance network of farmers across Australia.”

Ms. Middleton plans to use her bursary to investigate animal and human waste management and its use in technology to reduce carbon emissions.

Mr. Redman also acknowledged runner-up Erin Gorter of Kojonup, and finalists Annabelle Coppin, Port Hedland; Jackie Jarvis, Margaret River; and Anne Poelina, Broome.

The Rural Women’s Award is an initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).

The WA annual award is coordinated in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA).

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