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Rural Women's Award winner's big dream for Australia

2017 Queensland Rural Women's Award winner Jacqui Wilson-Smith accepting her award from Minster Bill Byrne at old Government House in Brisbane.
2017 Queensland Rural Women's Award winner Jacqui Wilson-Smith accepting her award from Minster Bill Byrne at old Government House in Brisbane. Andrea Davy

JACQUI Wilson-Smith has a big dream for rural Australia. 

"My end goal is for Australian agribusiness to double its growth by 2030 with the help of innovation," she said.

Now, after being announced the Queensland Rural Women's Award for 2017 this afternoon, she is well on her way to achieving that goal.

With her $10,000 bursary she hopes to create an on-line learning platform to enable rural agribusinesses to connect and learn.

Jacqui beat two far north Queensland finalists, Mareeba's Tracey Beikoff and Jessica Fealy for the top honour.

She received her award from minister for Rural Economic Development Bill Byrne at a ritzy ceremony held at Old Government House in Brisbane.

Jacqui talked about her passion for seeing more women get involved with agriculture when she accepted her award.  

"One of the things I am passionate about is encouraging other women to step up and give it a go," she said.

"I think many of us as women are driven internally to share, to connect, to collaborate and I just know that over the next 10 to 20 years, I really want to inspire other women to also step up, give it a go and bring those wonderful values."

Topics:  rural rural woman


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