A FORMER resident of Coonabarabran has been named national runner-up in the 2013 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women's Award.
NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson today congratulated NSW's Isobel Knight, a succession planning specialist now living at Loomberah near Tamworth.
She was presented with the award by at a gala dinner in Canberra on Wednesday night.
Ms Hodgkinson congratulated Mrs Knight on winning the award.
The award celebrates her contribution to the rural community of NSW, and rural women's contributions Australia-wide.
"Isobel has worked closely with more than 400 individual families as part of her business 'proAGtive', which delivers targeted workshops across Australia, helping farmers prepare succession plans and navigate through what can be a complex journey," the minister said.
Mrs Knight received a $10,000 bursary as part of the NSW/ACT State Award and used this to develop an online platform for succession planning that rural businesses can easily access and use, Ms Hodgkinson said.
"This platform will educate farming families about how to prepare their businesses for succession and Isobel hopes it will inspire positive attitudes in relation to planning and encourage more families to do it," she said. "As national runner-up, Isobel will receive an additional $10,000 bursary to enable her to develop her leadership skills continue to educate about succession planning."
Applications for the 2014 RIRDC Rural Women's Award are now open at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/rwn.