RRR Women’s Awards 2022

Women living in rural, regional and remote (RRR) Queensland are courageous, generous, powerful and inspiring. They are achievers who get things done and play a key role in their communities.

To honour these women, RRR Women’s Awards 2022 will shine a light on RRR women and connect, develop and inspire them to make their mark through renewed alumni community recognition. Using their skills, talents and ingenuity, these women are building their businesses, working in their communities and leading the way for the next generation of women.

The RRR Women’s Awards are the benchmark for celebrating outstanding women who live, work, achieve, volunteer and/or are in service of Queensland’s RRR areas. These are ‘grass roots’ awards that aim at identifying those who underpin our communities, the quiet achievers and those that deserve to be acknowledged.

Across seven categories including RRR Woman of the Year, the awards hone in on women who are leading the way, lifting others up, creating products and services, and building tight-knit communities. We want to honour women who are visionary, innovative, entrepreneurial and role models for other women to aspire to. 

Women in metropolitan areas are an incredible source of support and inspiration for RRR Women. We therefore have a specific category that is also open to women from metropolitan areas ‘RRR Women Champion of the Year’.


The 2022 Awards Program is a great platform to acknowledge your work, the work of an organisation or a community in rural, regional and remote areas, and a chance for others to nominate the women who are achieving great things.

Each category has a winner and one highly commended placement, all announced at our RRR Awards ceremony. Winners receive trophies and prizes, as well as the ability to use RRR Women’s winner logos on their websites and collateral to promote their business or services.


The awards can help you gain credibility for your work and leverage your profile as a leader in your industry or community to further your positive impact.

The RRR Women’s Awards is a peer-reviewed recognition of your work within business, volunteering or your community. The judges are people who understand the challenges and joys of living in rural, regional and remote communities.


This award recognises young role models making an impact in their community, inspiring youth to think outside the box, follow their dreams and take action to put these dreams into motion.

The RRR Young Woman of the Year is an entrepreneur, trailblazer, inventor or performer aged between 16 – 25 years.


  • Tell us about how you, and what inspires you in your work and in the community;
  • What drives you in your space;
  • What issues have you actively advocated for, to whom and what was the outcome;
  • How have you contributed to the RRR community;
  • Describe some of the challenges you have faced. With each challenge, what was the impact, and how did you deal with it;
  • What lessons have you learned through your journey;
  • What is your vision for RRR’s future? How can you improve the region?
Laura is currently studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, and a Certificate in Fitness, and wants to work as a rural physiotherapist, ideally doing a mix of clinic, hospital and RFDS outreach once she graduates.

Laura launched The Rural Conversation in 2020, and uses it to advocate for RRR issues. She is also developing a website that can be used to provide resources and contacts for those issues, as well as creating networking opportunities and putting people with plans in contact with people with abilities, and offering her own services and advice in leadership and advocacy.

Laura was a recent recipient of a NextGen Medics Scholarship with Heart of Australia, supporting her to experience rural health care with leaders in innovative delivery.

This award recognises the creatives – the authors, artists, designers and innovators. She contributes by sharing her skills and talents, setting an example and using her creativity to augment the local community, culture, environment and people.


  • Tell us about how you are creative. What is it you do and why;
  • Give an example of a project you have worked on, sharing the process and outcomes;
  • How do you give back to the RRR community, and why is this important;
  • What are the topics or issues that are important to you that impact the RRR community, and how do you champion these topics/issues.
Olivia is a project coordinator, grant writer, artist and freelance arts worker with over ten years’ experience working with not-for-profits, local government and in the arts and cultural sector.

Originally from Brisbane, and after moving around rural areas in Qld, Olivia currently resides in Imbil, where she is focused on building her one-woman micro business providing a range of fee-for-service offerings, including community arts initiatives.

This award recognises a woman who gives her all to her RRR community. From her contributions in enterprise or business, to volunteering her time to the community.

RRR Remote Woman of the Year recognises a woman from a remote part of Queensland and will have demonstrated ingenuity in addressing the challenges of distance and isolation, and be a role model for others in her community.

This amazing woman will be committed to supporting her community, and also seek to drive change that addresses the challenges of living in remote parts of this beautiful State to ensure everyone in remote areas reaches their potential.


  • Outline how you have demonstrated leadership in RRR communities, and the impact of the work you have done that focuses on the unique needs and challenges of RRR communities;
  • Share how you have mentored or been a role model to other RRR women, helping them achieve their goals;
  • What issues have you actively advocated for, to whom and what was the outcome;
  • How do you give back to the community;
  • Describe your achievements over the past 12-months.

This award recognises a woman or a woman-led community group that cannot help but give back!

She/they contributes to the community through current and past NFP work, voluntary work and community endeavours.

They are actively involved and go above and beyond to serve others. The area relevant to this award is rural and remote, and focuses on community initiatives that are necessary and unique to rural and remote areas due to distance to services and isolation.


  • Tell us about your community work – who do you or your organisation volunteer/serve (also include all your unpaid work), for how long and what type of ‘work’ do you do for them;
  • How does your community work support the rural and remote regions as defined, and the people who live there? What is the impact of your work;
  • What issues have you actively advocated for, to whom and what was the outcome;
  • What inspired you to give back to your RRR community? What drives you;
  • Detail your achievements over the past 12-months.
Kristy is known as a “food region activator”, “champion of change”, “a woman for the women” and “that lady in red lipstick”. She is a vivacious contributor with decades of experience in business leadership and community development, gained through a diverse career across small business, large organisations, local government and leading community organisations. Kristy focuses her energy on Supporting women, economic development, rural leadership development and driving food and agritourism projects.

Kristy is currently the General Manager at Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation.

Kristy wants to live in a community bursting with excited, innovative and forward thinking people who lift, support and encourage each other.

This award recognises an emerging woman/group who is an enterprise or business/organisation, is engaged in professional services, and has the qualities of vision, innovation, entrepreneurial drive, leadership, individuality, tenacity and demonstrates their commitment to gender diversity and community building.

The RRR Emerging Enterprise of the Year is in a small to medium business, and demonstrates growth in their product or service, and is emerging in their field and chosen areas of focus. They must be a founder of the business or significant stakeholder in the business.


  • Describe the history of the enterprise, business/organisation or professional service – why you started it, the products and/or services provided, who your target audience it;
  • How does your enterprise, business/organisation or professional service contribute to the RRR community – promoting RRR regions for living, business, work, travel and economic activity, supporting women in RRR communities, and addresses the unique challenges experienced by women in RRR;
  • Detail the success of the enterprise, business/organisation or professional service during the past three years. This may include business growth, innovations, business technology improvements, awards successes, recognition given by the industry, community, customers or suppliers;
  • What has been your biggest challenge over the past 12-months, and how did you overcome it;
  • Where do you see your enterprise, business/organisation or professional service in the future, and provide details of how you demonstrate you are an ’emerging leader in your field or chosen area of focus;
  • What makes your enterprise, business/organisation or professional service indispensable for RRR communities and the RRR economy.
Rebecca is a 6th generation farmer in the South Burnett, mother to a rapidly growing teen, Partner in her family grazing business and Paddock to Plate boxed beef deliveries across South East Queensland, part-time Exercise Physiologist, enthusiastic community member and advocate for Rural communities.

And if that’s not enough, Rebecca is the current Secretary and previous President of the South Burnett Grazing Network, and an active participate in groups including Agforce, Red Earth Community Foundation, Baked Relief, school P&C’s, and local Ag Networks.

This award recognises a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership and has made significant contributions that support RRR women and the challenges they face due to distance and isolation.

The RRR Women Champion of the Year empowers and supports other women by building honest relationships, valuing input, and leads by example. She is changing the landscape for RRR Women through her activity within a community or government organisation, making significant contribution to policy, programs or services that have promoted, supported or improved services for RRR women in a high priority area.

This award is also open to women in metropolitan areas. This award focuses on philanthropic work and volunteering.


  • Over the past 12-months, in what way did you support women in RRR;
  • Share with us a project you have worked on that supports women in RRR regions, and the outcomes;
  • Describe the challenges you have faced working within RRR, and detail how you overcome them;
  • What is your vision for RRR communities, and how are you making these a reality.
Robin retired from rural journalism in 2018 after 35 years with the ABC Country Hour but continues to champion RRR women and their issues through her podcast Postcards from the Bush. The theme of the podcast is RRR women giving to their community. The stories tell of the challenges and heartache they face and successes and lessons learned from failure. The podcasts empower ordinary women and are an inspiration to listeners around the world.

Robin uses her skills as a storyteller to record oral histories so families can hear a parent, sibling, or relative tell their story in their words. Robin writes a regular opinion piece. ‘View from the Paddock’ for Country Life.

The overall RRR Woman Of The Year will be selected by the judging chairperson, from the winners of each category; RRR Young Woman of the Year, RRR Creative Woman of the Year, RRR Champion of the Year, RRR Emerging Enterprise of the Year, RRR Remote Woman of the Year, RRR Community Builder of the Year.

Key Dates

  • Awards Open for Submissions:  Now
  • Awards Close for Submissions: 31 March, 2023
  • Judging: Dates to be Confirmed
  • Winners Announced: Date to be Confirmed    

How To Enter

  1. Check you are eligible and determine the right category to enter;
  2. Self-nominate or nominate another woman;
  3. Complete the online application form  – you can apply for more than one category;
  4. Submit your category responses for the categories you are entering, answering all the questions, including your contact details & bio;
  5. If you wish to provide a video to support your entry, make sure it is no longer than 5-minutes and email a link to eso@qrrrwn.org.au

About The Judging Panel

The Chair of the Judges is appointed by the QRRRWN Board, which in turn selects the Judging Panel. The judging process is independent of the QRRRWN Board and the awards working group.

Who Can Enter

All entrants must:

  • Be active in their profession, career, business, creative endeavour, community work in the rural, regional and remote sector of Queensland;
  • Live in RRR regions for at least 24-months from 1 July 2020;
  • RRR Champion of the Year is also open to applicants from metropolitan areas, as defined by by the ABS Remoteness Index;
  • Be a permanent resident of Queensland;
  • Be an individual financial member of QRRRWN at the time you lodge your award entry, or if applying as an organisation, you must be a business or not-for-profit financial member;
  • Be within the RRR area as defined according to the ABS Remoteness Index;
  • Not be employed, on the Board or contracted to work in any capacity for QRRRWN at any time during the 2021/2022 financial year.