A wine grape and citrus grower from Red Cliffs has been named winner of the 2012 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award.
Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh announced Tania Chapman as the winner of the prestigious award at a ceremony at Parliament House in Melbourne.
Ms Chapman, selected from five finalists, receives a $10,000 bursary to support her leadership development. Elise Wenden, a biological farmer from Charlton in northern Victoria, was named runner-up.
Mr Walsh congratulated each of the five finalists and said the award recognised the contribution women made to primary industries.
“Tania has demonstrated her leadership capacity in her local community and her industry. “She is an extremely worthy winner and on behalf of the Victorian Government I congratulate Tania on her terrific win.”
Ms Chapman is the chair of Citrus Australia and general manager of Colignan Producers Company, with 350 acres of wine grape and citrus orchards.
Both Ms Chapman and Ms Wenden will be given the opportunity to attend the prestigious Australian Institute of Directors’ Course in Canberra.
Ms Chapman will join winners from other states and territories as finalists for the national award to be announced in Canberra in October to coincide with World Rural Women’s Day.