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Australian Women in Agriculture receives Qantas grant

By Country News

Australian Women in Agriculture has received a share of $1 million from the Qantas Regional Grants Program.

The organisation will share $1 million with 20 other community groups, after seeing the Qantas grant advertised on social media.

Australian Women in Agriculture president Sarah Parker said the grant was greatly appreciated, given the number of applicants reached 1200.

“We're looking to use the grant for a Women in Agriculture program, providing opportunities for women in rural Australia in leadership training,” she said.

Australian Women in Agriculture aims to ensure women influence an innovative and inclusive agriculture agenda.

“We use innovation to develop opportunities for women such as webinars as part of a flexible training program,” Ms Parker said.

The board will decide how the money will be spent in the new year.

The organisation will also receive free flights and marketing support along with the grant money.

“We'd like to thank Qantas and we're looking forward to delivering our program to women in rural Australia,” Ms Parker said.

The Qantas Regional Grants Program will donate $5 million in grants over five years to strengthen regional communities, drive local economic activity, stimulate tourism and support jobs.

QantasLink chief executive officer John Gissing said the airline was overwhelmed by the number and quality of submissions.

“There are many regional community organisations doing their bit to make the lives of those around them better and I’m delighted we’ve been able to support 20 outstanding groups through this inaugural round of grants,” Mr Gissing said.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said aviation connected regional communities to the world.

“Many of our regional communities are doing it tough at the moment,” Mr McCormack said.

“While these communities should be admired for resilience, it is great to see corporate Australia doing its bit to help our regions through this rough patch.”

QantasLink chief operating officer Andrew Monaghan chaired the judging panel and allocated grant funds based on the strength of each application.