National award for local woman supporting thousands of young people
Local Kulin woman, Tanya Dupagne has been named the prestigious AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award national winner at a ceremony in Canberra this week for her work with country kids.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, presented Tanya with the award at the well-attended event held at Parliament House, brimming with dedicated regional and rural advocates.
“I congratulate this year’s national award winner, Tanya Dupagne, who is supporting thousands of young people in our rural and regional communities through the Camp Kulin program, one of the fastest growing programs in the country,” Minister Joyce said.
Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson, today congratulated Tanya on the award, which she received for her work supporting the wellbeing of young people as director of Camp Kulin, a program she founded four years ago in the Wheatbelt.
“Tanya Dupagne has done a tremendous job supporting the health and wellbeing of thousands of young people in our rural and regional communities through Camp Kulin,” Mr Wilson said.
“This program, which takes around 2000 students annually for school holiday camps, school and community group camps and more, has transformed the lives of young people from all walks of life — including young refugees who have suffered serious trauma.
“Tanya is very deserving of this award which recognises her contribution to a brighter future for participants.”
Initiatives like the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Awards are one way we can acknowledge the important work of rural women. They provide an opportunity to celebrate their achievements in agriculture, business and rural communities, and are an investment in the future of these leaders.
Each state and territory winner receives a $10,000 bursary to further their innovative ideas and projects, as well as access to professional development opportunities and alumni networks. As the National Winner, Tanya receives an additional $10,000.
“I look forward to seeing Tanya continue to achieve great things and encourage any local women who are following in her footsteps by making difference to our communities to apply for next year’s award,” Mr Wilson said.
Applications for the 2018 AgriFutures (formerly RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award open on
14 September 2017.
For more information visit agrifutures.com.au