Denmark finalist

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on January 25, 2019

A DENMARK woman has been named one of four finalists in the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award for Western Australia.

Juliet Grist works across regional Western Australia in professional roles including executive officer of Regional Development Australia Wheatbelt, business consultant to the agricultural sector and in banking and finance.

She was nominated for her project Thrive Wheatbelt and Great Southern, as the award acknowledges women’s roles in rural industries, businesses and communities.

“Working in regional development, I’ve seen a real lack of support for well-being,” Ms Grist told The Weekender.

“So, I’m hoping to gather stakeholders to create a backbone support structure for the Wheatbelt and Great Southern.

“We are a really wealthy country but there is a growing divide…we are all neighbours and we have a responsibility to each other.”

Joining Ms Grist as finalists are Belinda Lay of Esperance, Leah Boucher of Kambaldah and Tanya Kitto of Geraldton.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Director General Ralph Addis congratulated the four finalists for their passion and commitment to regional industries and communities.

“This award provides opportunities to further women’s leadership, make a difference and inspire others,” he said.

The WA winner will receive $10,000 to help develop their project and will compete in the national awards.

She will follow in the footsteps of 2018 WA award winner Darrylin Gordon, a Jaru woman from Lamboo Station in the Kimberley, who is focused on development of a holistic on-station community training and empowerment program for land management and cattle production.

The WA winner of the national awards will be announced at a ceremony in Perth on March 7.