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Pip Job, NSW Rural Woman of the Year

Image (left to right): Minister Hodgkinson, winner Pip Job and runner up Edwina Beveridge

Landcarer, landholder and Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS) Board member Pip Job was named the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) NSW-ACT Rural Woman of the Year at a special dinner at Parliament House in Sydney last night.
Pip started in Landcare, joining the Little River team as she returned to the workforce after having her second child and now holding the position of chief executive officer. In an interview recently Pip stated that being a mother is a great incentive in her efforts to ensure the landscape is treated with the care it needs. "You feel as a mother quite connected to what the world needs to look like to support my children in the future. I could see that the role natural resource management plays in supporting humanity is critical, that's what initially inspired me to become an advocate."
She says it's getting harder to manage her group with limited resources and significant structural changes, but it is a challenge that she takes in her stride.
Chairman of Central Tablelands LLS, Ian Armstrong said "I am delighted but not surprised that Pip has taken out this highly sought after and prestigious award as she has a wonderful record of supporting rural communities in her district and beyond. The entire board and organisation would like to offer Pip hearty congratulations and will support her in attending the speaking engagements that will no doubt form part of this acclaim."
As the winner of the 2014 RIRDC Rural Women's Award, Pip will receive a $10,000 bursary which she plans to use towards an international study investigating programs that will assist farming families to reignite their passion by dealing with social barriers to progress. This program will incorporate subjects such as mental health, succession planning, dealing with solitude and financial literacy.
Pip's aim is to establish an education program that can be delivered locally entitled "Positive farming footprints".
Years of Landcare experience has shown Pip that: "topical social problems should be addressed if we would like to see a larger adoption of local NRM programs."
The Rural Women's Award is co-ordinated by the NSW Rural Women's Network through the Department of Primary Industries, and is sponsored by the Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW Farmers, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW and the Country Women's Association of NSW.
For further information about the award, visit the website.

Media contact: Fiona Townsend 0428 284 252 or 02 6851 9517