March 13, 2014
Margaret River grape grower and agricultural training consultant Jackie Jarvis has been awarded the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award for Western Australia.
She was one of four WA finalists and took out the award at a ceremony in Perth on March 12.
Ms Jarvis is the state manager of MEDAC training and employment service and led a pilot program in 2013 to help new migrants and refugees find work in agriculture.
She will receive a $10,000 bursary to put towards her project to create a series of video postcards, which will detail the work the resettled migrants have done in the first six months of their agricultural placement.
Ms Jarvis says many people she worked with had CVs created by urban support agencies and discounted subsistence farming experience.
“A lot of the existing agencies seem to be based in the city and they probably don’t know how to access those farming jobs.”
Ms Jarvis will go into the running for the Australian RIRDC Rural Women’s Award, which is announced in Canberra in October.
Margaret River-based Jodie Lane was the runner-up for Western Australia.
Ms Lane runs Fair Harvest Permaculture and is an advocate for eating local, sustainable produce.
She will receive $5000 for her project, a national Eat Local Week.