Wagga women get on board

FEDERAL Member for Riverina Michael McCormack has today announced Wagga Wagga women Simone Jolliffe and Genevieve Smith have won scholarships through the Federal Government’s Board Diversity Scholarships program.

“More than 300 rural and regional women applied for the scholarships, following applicants’ successful completion of a Company Directors’ professional development course.

“I am delighted two women from Wagga Wagga were successful. It shows the impressive diversity, capability and leadership skills of women in our region,” Mr McCormack said.

Simone Jolliffe, who helps run a dairy and irrigation farm at Euberta, has been acknowledged for her rural leadership; whilst Genevieve Smith was recognised for her important work with the Wagga Women’s Health Centre and in information technology.

Mr McCormack welcomed the Government’s announcement of $650,000 over two years to empower more rural women to obtain positions on boards.

“Today’s announcement by Minister Michaelia Cash will see a record 140 scholarships, awarded for a broader range of professional development than in the past. These important grants aim to see more female leaders in every industry, every business, in every city and region in Australia,” Mr McCormack said

“This is great news for our region and I was delighted to ring Simone Jolliffe and Genevieve Smith to congratulate them on their scholarship today.”

Cristy Houghton