Opportunity for the Women of Gwydir Shire Council

October 12, 2012

Gwydir Shire Council is offering scholarships for two women from the Gwydir Local Government Area to attend the inaugural National Rural Women’s Conference to be held in Canberra from 18th to 20th February 2013.

Each scholarship will cover costs for registration, accommodation, attendance at the dinner to be held at Parliament House, all meals at the conference, participation in all workshops, and a welcome reception. Please note – scholarship winners will be responsible for their own transport to and from Canberra.

Scholarship winners will need to demonstrate in their nomination that this experience will benefit not only them, but also their community and/or business upon their return.

The National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) is a collaborative national voice for women living in rural, regional, and remote Australia. Established in 2002, it seeks to ensure better social and economic outcomes for women in rural townships, and on farms.

The objectives of the NRWC are to:

  • represent the diverse views of women in rural, regional, and remote Australia;
  • provide advice to the Australian Government on policy issues relevant to the views and circumstances of rural women; and
  • contribute to building a positive profile of rural women, their achievements, and issues.

The NRWC will include special workshops on the newly developed toolkits for community based implementation of the National Plan for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and their Children and the "Weather the Storm: Women Prepare”, a kit for women to take a leadership role at a community level to prepare for impending disaster.

Key Benefits for Gwydir Shire Council and district:

  • The NRWC will bring together women of all ages from all over Australia to network, learn, share, celebrate and play an active role in shaping their future.   Through the diverse program of speakers and workshops, the conference will identify the needs and issues of these women and result in the development of a strategy for delivering positive outcomes in the future;
  • Empowering local female leaders and providing them with opportunities to gain new skills and information and create new networks and
  • Participants will gain knowledge from the program presentations and workshops and bring this learning back to the community to share.

Requirements for applying for a Scholarship to attend the 2013 National Rural Women’s Conference are:

Applicants must:

  • be a female resident in the Gwydir Local Government area (for the past three years)
  • provide an outline of how, by their attendance at the Annual Conference, they would be able to benefit their community and /or business upon their return
  • be a leader, or have leadership aspirations within their field, whether that be in paid or unpaid employment, community activities, or sporting achievements
  • be prepared to provide a presentation in a public forum upon returning from the Conference, and to disseminate information to other women within the Gwydir district.

The Application form provides personal data about the applicant that will be reviewed by the Scholarship Selection Committee.

>>Download Application form. (Pdf file size: 71KB)

>> Submit Form Online

An applicant must provide details of two current reference providers or written documentation from the same.  Appropriate references would include, but are not limited to: co-workers, teachers, community members, and business associates. Contact information must be provided for all references.

Please submit Application and references to:
The General Manager
Gwydir Shire Council,
Locked Bag 5
Bingara NSW 2404

Or via email to rphillips@gwydir.nsw.gov.au nominating the subject as ‘Application for the National Rural Women’s Conference Scholarship’.
If you require additional information, please contact Robyn Phillips on (02) 6724 2042 or email rphillips@gwydir.nsw.gov.au

Please submit prior to 4pm Friday 9th November 2012.