CHINCHILLA'S Ursula Keating might be modest but she certainly doesn't have reason to be.
The mum-of-three is one of four finalists in the running for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Queensland Rural Women's Award and a $10,000 bursary.
Mrs Keating, who runs Warregold Australian Stock Horse stud along with her husband Steve, just outside of Chinchilla, said her interest was in natural resource management and biosecurity issues.
Hopefully with this award, it has obviously built my confidence, but it will also show other rural women what can be achieved.
She said she would use the money to continue her consulting business providing advice on sustainable resource management.
"I think there are a lot of rural women sitting behind the curtains at home, not having a voice," Mrs Keating said.
"Hopefully with this award, it has obviously built my confidence, but it will also show other rural women what can be achieved and see there are awards that can support what they do."
Mrs Keating is a somewhat new resident to the growing town, moving from Cairns three years ago.
Initially starting up a stud up north, the family decided to pick up and relocate.
"We found the country wasn't suited to breeding and it was a long way to yearling markets," she said.
"So we decided to move back down to this area of Chinchilla as we had heard it was good horse country and it has proven that," she said.
Last year's Queensland winner Annette Smith used her bursary to deliver workshops for resource companies to better inform and build capacity to negotiate better outcomes for all parties and the broader community.
Ms Smith is Chair of Central Highlands Regional Resources Use Planning Cooperative Ltd, the local Natural Resource Management Group and a senior property valuer with Taylor Byrne.
Other nominees this year include Robyn Adams of Blackall, Alison Fairleigh of Ayr and Terressa Ford of Hughenden.
The state winner and runner-up titles will be announced at an awards ceremony at Parliament House in Brisbane on March 19, before state and territory winners go on to compete for the national award in Canberra in October.
CHINCHILLA'S Ursula Keating could be in the running for a $10,000 bursary after being named a finalist in the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Queensland Rural Women's Award.
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