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2019 WA Rural Women’s Award finalists announced
Congratulations Juliet Grist
The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award acknowledges and supports the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities.
The Awards in Western Australia are supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network of WA, CBH Group and Westpac.

The WA winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Perth on Thursday 7 March and will receive a $10,000 business development award to help develop their project before progressing to compete in the national awards.
The finalists are:
  • Leah Boucher, Kambalda
  • Tanya Kitto, Geraldton
  • Belinda Lay, Esperance
  • Juliet Grist, Denmark (Previously from the Wheatbelt).
Since leaving RDA Wheatbelt Juliet has continued to work across Western Australia helping communities develop programs and source funding for both infrastructure and community development. Her understanding of the difficulty of attracting resources to small communities to support wellbeing has led to a project that looks to leverage collaborations, and ultimately the social impact market, to help. Her aspiration is for rural and regional communities to be enabled to be co-creators and co-investors in solutions that work for them

RDA Wheatbelt is thrilled and excited to see Juliet recognised for her commitment to the regions, including projects such as the “Collaboration for Regional Impact” (Thrive Wheatbelt), “Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Route Network” and “Enterprising Communities”.
Congratulations Juliet and we await the outcome of the awards with anticipation.
Aust Gov't Dep't of Jobs & Small Business - Events
The Australian Dep't of Jobs and Small Business is hosting a series of FREE Small Business Fairs, providing local small business owners with the latest information on funding and incentives offered by Government agencies.

The Small Business Fairs will promote how small and micro business owners can engage with Australian Gov't funded services, programs, financial support and tools available to assist them to prosper in a changing business landscape. They will also have a strong focus on technology and supporting small business owners in understanding the tools available when transitioning from manual to time-saving digital formats.
Whether it’s simplifying employment and accounting processes, online sales, cyber security, marketing, websites or networking opportunities, the Fairs are a great opportunity for small business owners to tap into the expertise of support services.
  • Tuesday 5 February 11am – 7pm South Perth Burswood
  • Wednesday 6 February 11am – 7pm North Perth Ellenbrook
  • Thursday 7 February 11am – 7pm Outer Perth Mandurah
  • Friday 8 February 11am – 7pm Regional WA  Bunbury
Please contact Mr Steven Kargas from the Small Business Fair Team on phone (02) 6121 6199; or email to

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Government and Community News

Marketing Food and Beverage Products in a Changing World. FREE workshop outlining inspirational ways that agricultural producers and processors can realise market opportunities, taking into consideration the changing consumer and retail demands. Thurs 28 Feb. 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Granville Civic Centre. 8 Weld St, Gingin. (Registration required)
Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy through Apprenticeship Support Australia available to employers in rural and regional areas. Limited numbers left so must be ready to signup now. Northam contact Peter Lowen 0418 910 113. 
Celebrate WA Awards. Recognise and celebrate outstanding contribution to our state by West Australians. Seven categories. Closing 15 Feb. 
The AgriFuture Horizon Scholarship, in partnership with industry sponsors, supports students enrolled in full time study at an Aust uni by providing, a bursary of $5000 per year for the final two years of your degree, PD workshops, annual industry work placements and opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events. Closing 1 March. 
Women & Leadership Australia is administering an initiative to support the development of female leaders in rural and regional Australia, providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs. Complete your EOI by 15 March.
Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme. Provides employers with funding of between $750 and $4,000 to employ an apprentice. 

The FIAL Australian Food & Agribusiness Directory includes players from all across the industry spanning growers, food manufacturers, researchers, packaging companies, retailers, industry support services including logistics, legal services, finance and consultants to help you find the right business partner for success. 
Innovation Connections. Provides businesses with access to a highly skilled facilitator, for the purpose of reviewing the business’ research needs. Up to $50,000 in matched funding support may be available to the business, should it choose to fund the project with the recommendation of the facilitator. Ongoing. 

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Grants and Funding Opportunities

Giving 4 Grassroots. Up to $10,000 to community-based organisations, schools and clubs for programs that address areas of Girls & Women, Inclusion & Diversity, Physical Activity and/or Leadership & Decision Making. Opening early 2019.  
The Arts 15k-plus grant program offers between $15,000 and $60,000 funding for artists, creative industry professionals and organisations to deliver a one-off project or a program of activity. Closing 28 Feb. 

Give it Forward. Up to $10,000 to help Self Help and Support Groups to grow, increase their capacity to support others and remain robust and sustainable. Closing 28 Feb. 

Social Justice Small Grants. $1000 - $10,000 provides seed funding to assist communities and organisations to build capacity that will help create structural change and bring about greater social justice in Australia.  Closing 4 March. 
Community Engagement Grants Program WA. Must be based in or benefit WA artists, creative, cultural workers or the WA local community and undertaking activities that have a clearly defined arts or cultural outcome. $15,000 - $40,000 category opens 5 Feb and closes 22 March.  
Dreams for a Better World Better Living grant. $10,000 - $50,000 for dreams that improve the lives or living standards of other Australians.  Opening 8 Feb, closing 13 April. 
Youth Engagement Grants Program. Up to $10,000 to implement projects that engage young people (10–18 yrs) in creative ways and help achieve positive outcomes. Closing 30 June. 

Dep't Infrastructure & Regional Dev't Programs

Feb & March
9th Feb - DARKAN - Sheepfest
All things sheep and more. A great family day packed full of country spirit .... all for just a gold coin entry.
8th March - WAGIN - Woolarama
Over 350 commercial exhibitors, cattle, horse, working sheep dogs, entertainment, displays for all the family.
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