LEADERSHIP AWARDS: Young woman with a plan award 2018 recipient Gabby De Weers and runner up Kate Perrett at the QRRRWN Gala dinner at the Kingaroy Town Hall on Friday September 14.
LEADERSHIP AWARDS: Young woman with a plan award 2018 recipient Gabby De Weers and runner up Kate Perrett at the QRRRWN Gala dinner at the Kingaroy Town Hall on Friday September 14. Contributed

Search for strong rural women in leadership

THE Burnett region is filled with inspiring women who lead their rural and regional communities.

The Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network are searching for the next recipients for their Strong Women Leadership Awards.

The program exists to identify, acknowledge and applaud the leadership strengths of Queensland women living in rural, regional and remote regions.

These women are the invisible threads which hold their local communities, regions, sectors and industries together and connect these rural regions with the wider world.

The 2019 Strong Women in Leadership Awards has been opened to nominations for seven different categories.

The big award is the QRRWN Woman of the year, which celebrates the skill and overall achievements of a woman who has made a significant contribution to a high priority issue in Queensland.

This woman is resilient, an exceptional communicator and inspires others to achieve their goals.

She also is consistently striving to improve, grow and nurture rural, regional or remote communities and the people in them.

The Young Women's Leadership with a Vision Award is available for a young woman between 16 to 25-years-old who has made a significant contribution to her community and a vision for the future.

She must be able to demonstrate leadership qualities and has a clear plan on how she will achieve her goal.

There are five additional awards to celebrate different types of inspiring women in remote, regional and rural areas.

The Small Business Owner of the Year award recognises a woman who has built or maintained a small business which promotes and benefits rural, regional and remote women.

The Influential Leader Award will go to a woman who has knowingly influenced significant change to improve services for rural, regional or remote women and improved outcomes for women in their community.

The QRRRWN Volunteer of the Year award will got to an exceptional volunteer in a non-paid position who continually supports or promotes the needs of people in rural communities.

The Story Teller of the Year award celebrates a woman who has, through storytelling promoted rural, regional and remote areas.

Nominees for this award may include women who have shared their stories through writing, song, dance, journalism, photography, digital media and any other art form which 'tells a story' promoting RRR community.

The final award goes to the QRRRWN Inspirational Woman for 2019.

This special award celebrates an inspirational woman, aged over 65-years-old, who has paved the way for future generations and made a significant contribution to rural, regional and remote communities.

Award nominations can be made through the QRRRWN website.

Award entries will close at 5pm on Monday, July 8. These nominees will be announced on Friday, July 12.

The finalists will be announced at the QRRRWN Ekka Week High Tea in Brisbane on August 9, and the winners will be recognised at the QRRRWN Annual Conference Gala Dinner on September 13.