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Peake gets gong for service to rural industries

Kate Peake took out the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women's Award.
Kate Peake took out the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women's Award. Contributed

LONG-time Territorian Kate Peake has been announced the winner of the prestigious Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women's Award.

Ms Peake was nominated for her project that centres around the promotion of local water stewardship, and the development of stakeholder-endorsed communications and strategies to foster sustainable water use across the Darwin region.

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles congratulated Ms Peake on her hard work and contribution to the rural industry.

"Sustainable water use is a very important issue to Territorians, and her work is extremely valuable,” Mr Vowles said.

"The Territory's rural sector is growing, with strong performances right across the board in pastoral, horticulture, forestry, fishing and aquaculture enterprises and it's great to be able to acknowledge our amazing women in this field.

"The Rural Women's Award is a prestigious honour and Ms Peake's work is a well-deserved testament to this. I'm excited that our government has highlighted agribusiness as a priority growth sector and I know that we have a lot of work to do with Territorians, especially those in the rural sector, to see our vision become reality.

"I'd also like to acknowledge the other two 2017 RIRDC Rural Women's Award NT finalists, Mrs Helen Guyupul and Dr Mila Bristow, and congratulate them for being recognised as emerging leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities.”

Ms Peake aims to act as a mediator while working in partnership with stakeholders including rural residents and commercial enterprise.

Ms Peake will now compete for the National 2017 Rural Women's Award title in September.

Topics:  northern territory


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