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Pip Job wins National Rural Woman of the Year

People across the Central Tablelands are celebrating today following the announcement of Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS) board member, Pip Job, as the National Rural Woman of the Year. This is the first time that a NSW woman has won the award. 

The winner was chosen from seven State finalists and announced by The Hon. Barnaby Joyce, Minister for Agriculture, at a dinner at Parliament House last night. 

"Pip is an extremely valuable and involved member of the Central Tablelands LLS board. Pip's enthusiasm and commitment to Landcare and rural communities is exceptional. On behalf of all the Central Tablelands LLS board and staff I congratulate Pip on this outstanding achievement. It is very well deserved", commented The Hon. Ian Armstrong, Chairman of the Central Tablelands LLS Board. 

Pip has a passion for natural resource management and is particularly interested in regenerative agricultural systems that have the capacity to create sustainable food and production, as well as environmental outcomes for future generations. 

Pip is committed to agriculture and in particular, the need for agriculture and natural resource management to be integrated to create a sustainable future for generations to come.

As CEO of the Little River Landcare Group at Yeoval, Pip specialises in agricultural and natural resource management education and project delivery. Pip is also chair of the Central West NRM Working Group and an executive committee member of Landcare NSW Inc. 

Pip also holds an Advanced Diploma in Agriculture, a Diploma in Community Coordination and Facilitation and a Diploma in Holistic Management. 

At home Pip is also a beef cattle breeder who uses the principles of managing holistically to improve the environment, generate profit and create opportunities for her family and community, Pip also holds the position of secretary of the NSW Shorthorn Ladies branch and Chief Steward of the Cumnock Show Cattle section.

Pip has 15 years of business management experience, a deep understanding of rural communities and is experienced in managing agricultural complexities such as livestock health, climate variability, market fluctuations and the marketing of livestock.

"Pip is an inspiration to us all. We are very privileged to have her on our board and representing landholders across our region. We thank her for her tireless commitment to sustainable agriculture across the Central Tablelands", said The Hon Mr Armstrong.

As the National winner Pip will receive a $10,000 bursary. Pip plans to use her bursary to create a rural women's training program entitled 'Positive Farming Footprints' to create a community of women who have the adaptive capacity to manage the challenges of rural life. This program will increase the capacity of rural women to manage climate change and finance in a complex economy, as well as increase their personal resilience using a social, ecological and economic platform. 

This prestigious Award is run by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).

Media contact: Kylie Krause 0439 608370 | kylie.krause@lls.nsw.gov.au