Natasha Roebig was named as the winner of the 2019 Queensland Rural Women’s Award at a presentation in Brisbane today.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner congratulated Ms Roebig on receiving the Queensland AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.
“The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award acknowledges the essential role that women play in developing rural industries, businesses and communities,” Mr Furner said.
I congratulate Natasha on being selected for the 2019 Queensland Rural Women’s Award.”
The co-founding owner of Bee All Natural, Natasha is passionate about sustainable and ethical beekeeping. She plans to use the $10,000 bursary to establish a Beekeepers’ training facility in Jimboomba.
The facility will provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for professionals and hobbyists alike, with the aim of promoting cutting-edge research, knowledge exchange and networking across the apiary industry.
Minister Furner said the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award acknowledged the essential role that women played in developing rural industries, businesses and communities.
“This Award supports and inspires the next generation of female leaders across Australia,” Mr Furner said.
“This year’s three finalists demonstrated how women are improving Queensland’s rural communities, and each of their projects was a fantastic reflection of the work being done.”
The other Queensland finalists were Charlotte Durack from Brisbane and Ann Ross from the Sunshine Coast.
Ms Roebig will now compete with other State and territory winners for the Australian Rural Women’s Award title on 11 September 2019, with the national winner receiving an additional $10,000 to contribute to her project.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries co-ordinates the award each year on behalf of AgriFutures Australia. Westpac Agribusiness, ABC Radio, RM Williams Outback Magazine, and Fairfax Agriculture Media support the award.