Congratulations to our 2017 Winners!

Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) announced on Friday 20th October the winners chosen from 20 finalists across the ten categories in its annual ‘Strong Women Leadership Awards’—Business, Professional, Volunteer, Storyteller, Leadership, Inspirational Woman, Woman of the Year, Young Woman with a Vision, Young Woman with a Plan, Young Woman of the Year.

Motivated, inspired and inspiring women from across the State were nominated for a very diverse range of activities and initiatives within their communities,” said QRRRWN President Alison Mobbs. “Our finalists came from the border regions with NSW to Townsville, up the coast and across to Longreach and Charleville.”

‘In 2017 our judges have had quite a difficult task to choose between some outstanding finalists. Truly these women bring forward some incredible CVs that do make you wonder why there are not more women on boards and more women CEOs heading up business and professional organisations.’ said QRRRWN President Alison Mobbs. ‘Stepping past and over the barriers of isolation, access and the data drought, the courage and creativity of these finalists is very impressive.’

  • QRRRWN 2017 Woman of the Year – Sarah Grayson (Charleville)
  • QRRRWN 2017 Young Rural Woman of the Year – Laura Babington (Warwick)
  • QRRRWN 2017 Community  – Genevieve McCauley (Brisbane)
  • QRRRWN 2017 Volunteer –Brigid Price (Injune)
  • QRRRWN 2017 Professional  – Sarah Grayson (Charleville)
  • QRRRWN 2017 Story Teller – Fiona Lake (Townsville)
  • QRRRWN 2017 Inspirational Woman 65 plus – Lillian Lever (Coowonga)
  • QRRRWN 2017 Young Woman with a Vision – Anekah Hinchliff (Wattle Camp)
  • QRRRWN 2017 Young Woman with a Plan – Emily Akers (Dalby)

Support from the Aurizon Community Giving Fund towards the Strong Women Leadership Program, of which the awards are a part, has enabled awards finalists from across the state to access subsidies enabling their participation in the QRRRWN state conference in Emerald and its program of personal and professional development as well as valuable networking opportunities. A reach of almost 50 000 engagements on social media has been the result of a successful campaign of profile raising of the program finalists – offering recognition for the work they do in their communities, businesses and through their employment.

In congratulating this year’s winners, Ms Mobbs said, ‘Without the assistance from Aurizon, as well as sponsors, Panda Pearls and the Queensland Country Life, initiatives like the Strong Women Leadership Program could not occur. These organisations and businesses have strong connections across the state so they absolutely appreciate how important it is that our women are recognised and championed in this way.’

‘The judges have said they were especially inspired by the entrants in the Young Women categories. At a time when many young people might just be focused on their personal plans and objectives, these young women are looking beyond themselves and making vital impacts in their communities.  They are such important role models for others.’ Alison Mobbs, QRRRWN President said.

‘For so many Queenslanders women such as those nominated for the SWLA awards provide support, opportunities, connection, and services that enhance our lives in ways we often overlook. We are proud that the SWLA program recognizes and shines a spotlight to honour them in this way.’