19th March 2013:
Far north Queensland mental health advocate Alison Fairleigh
has won the 2013 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Queensland Rural Women's Award
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh congratulated Ms Fairleigh, who was awarded a $10,000 bursary to develop a pilot training program with the Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local which will attempt to improve access to frontline health and mental health services for farmers and fishersmen in the region.
Mr McVeigh said the Rural Women's Award promoted leadership and growth for women across primary industries by identifying and supporting the talents of emerging female leaders through financial and professional support.
"This year's four nominees showcased impressive and diverse project interests ranging from natural resource management and animal welfare to rural mental health and building the skills of women in regional communities," he said. "Individually and collectively, they are great examples of how women are improving and supporting Queensland communities and primary industries."
The award runner up was Terressa Ford
. The other Queensland finalists were Robyn Adams
and Ursula Keating
. Ms Fairleigh will now compete for the national RIRDC Award, which will be announced in Canberra on September 10.
The Queensland Government co-ordinates the Award every year in conjunction with RIRDC, and it's sponsored by Westpac, Fairfax Agricultural Media, ABC Radio and RM Williams Outback Magazine.Photo: QRRRWN President Georgie Somerset with 2013 Queensland Rural Womens Award winner Alison Fairleigh and Qld Minister for Agriculture John McVeigh at the Award presentation.