Sisters Creek businesswoman, Melissa Duniam has been awarded the 2023 Tasmanian AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award for her trail-blazing approach to professional developments for managers, leaders and communicators.
Winner - Melissa Duniam
Melissa is an experienced business operator and down-to-earth leader, with a deep understanding of the value and effects of communication, relationships and dynamics in the workplace.
Drawing from her experience in the dairy and agricultural industry, Melissa created her business, Leading Rein, which focuses on connecting teams and organisations with horses and exploring strategies for building stronger connections. Her “herds, to horses, are teams, to people” approach enables clients to gain valuable insights and develop interpersonal and leadership skills.
Through her unique ability to understand both human and horse herd dynamics, the location and the programs, she empowers people and teams to realise their personal and collective potential, through meaningful and impactful learning experiences.
Encouragement Award - Belle Binder
Belle's career path took an unexpected turn when she entered the agricultural industry, supplying workers to farms, and soon discovered that she loved farming. Belle is changing farm workplace cultures, driving higher levels of productivity and positive workplace environments.
Kitana Mansell and Tamar Cordover
Kitana has been managing palawa kipli / the first Tasmanian Aboriginal food business for three years. Kitana has developed her modern take on Tasmanian Aboriginal food through catering services and cultural food experiences on country.
Tamar works to connect and engage rural women with disabilities in micro-enterprise endeavors, to benefit women in agriculture, rural communities and to build the resilience of rural Australia.