State of Barwon | Inspirational finalist for rural women's award

AgriFutures Rural Women's Award finalists are Olympia Yarger (Fyshwick), Ginny Stevens (Mangoplah), Jillian Kilby (Dubbo), and Shanna Whan, (Narrabri).
AgriFutures Rural Women's Award finalists are Olympia Yarger (Fyshwick), Ginny Stevens (Mangoplah), Jillian Kilby (Dubbo), and Shanna Whan, (Narrabri).

Congratulations Shanna Whan, who has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious 2018 NSW-ACT AgriFutures Rural Women's Award.

The award identifies and supports rural women who have the ambition, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to our regions.

Ms Whan hopes to address the many barriers which prevent people from seeking help with alcohol addiction through an online platform; enabling rural people to have access to the support and information they need to change their lives.

She says she is passionate about taking this ‘overdue and very important’ discussion around ‘casual alcoholism’, along with real people, real stories, and relatable information, into the paddocks and homes of her peers through a ‘virtual meeting place’ which would enable others to gather, chat, learn, and support each other – anonymously or otherwise. 

The Award winner will be announced in April at Parliament House, Sydney.

The winner will receive a bursary of $10,000 along with professional development opportunities.

The three remaining finalists will receive a $1000 Department of Primary Industries Leadership Bursary for skills and leadership development.

The finalists will join a vibrant NSW-ACT Alumni group of over 40 past Award winners and finalists committed to making a difference to regional communities and primary industries.

The NSW-ACT winner will compete for the national Australian AgriFutures Rural Women's Award later this year at Parliament House Canberra.


An additional $200 million will be available for regional towns and cities across NSW, as part of Round Two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Of the $200 million available in the second round of funding, half of it, $100 million, will be allocated specifically towards for sports projects in the bush.  

With 50 per cent of round two funding dedicated to local sport, we’ll see a mix of projects including better fields for kids to play on, amenity upgrades, new parks, new playgrounds and much more.

Stronger Country Communities applications for Round Two open on March 12 and will close May 4.

Further details can be found at


The kangaroo harvesting industry is set to grow significantly with the NSW Government lifting the cap on the number of licences available to commercially process kangaroos.

Lifting the cap will encourage more companies to start processing kangaroo meat, but will not affect the current quota of kangaroos that can be culled each year.

Commercial harvest of kangaroos remains prohibited within National Parks and other reserved areas.


The Lachlan Shire Council has received $987,000 in funding to breathe life into local community projects as part of the NSW Government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities fund.

The community has been calling out for upgrades to local facilities and now these can now be carried out.