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La Trobe Honors Distinguished Alummni

I'm honoured to have been recognised with a Distinguished Alumni Award from La Trobe University. 

My work over the past thirty years in gender equality, rural community development and sustainable agriculture began with my Arts and then Social Work degrees at La Trobe University.  I would not have been able to do the work I have done if it were not for free university education in the 1970s that made it possible for thousands of young rural women like me to be first-generation graduates.

My contribution to the Rural Women’s Movement in Australia, to sustainable agriculture, to rural leadership development, and recently the democracy project Voices for Indi is a result  of that investment made in me.

I am delighted  to have been recognised along with  journalist, author, ABC Melbourne radio and television presenter Virginia Trioli, SecondBite founder Simone Carson, Professor John Hopper AM and young achievers Dr Batool Albatat and AFL Women's star Daisy Pearce. I thank La Trobe University for recognising my work.

I hope you enjoy the clip below. If you're interested you can read more.

Alana is involved in a diverse range of activities

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Australian Women in AgricultureVictorian Ministerial Council for Women’s Equality : Member

Gender Equality Team
Office for Women | Health and Wellbeing Division
Department of Health and Human Services | 50 Lonsdale St, Melbourne Victoria 3000
t. 9096 1218 | e. gender.equality@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Website: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au

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Australian Women in AgricultureThe Victorian Women’s Trust : Chair

Imagine a world where women and girls stand equally with men and boys, and take up all of life’s opportunities without fear, harm, discrimination or disadvantage.

Website vwt.org.au

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Australian Women in AgricultureVictorian Catchment Management Council : Member

The Victorian Catchment Management Council (VCMC) is the State Government’s key advisory body on catchment management. As an independent, expert body, the Council is well placed to influence change in working towards its vision for catchment management in Victoria, taking a statewide, long-term and strategic view.

Website: www.vcmc.vic.gov.au

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Australian Women in AgricultureVictorian Rural Women’s Network : Reference Group Member

The Victorian Rural Women’s Network (VRWN) is a supportive and inclusive group of rural and regional Victorian women who connect, share skills and ideas and empower each other to step up, lead and succeed

RWN website - www.extensionaus.com.au

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Voices for IndiVoices for Indi : Co founder & past President

The eyes of the nation focused on the electorate of Indi during the 2013 federal election campaign as this previously safe seat saw a 9% swing against the national trend and elected an independent candidate back by the voices for Indi.

Voices for Indi (V4I) was set up in 2012 to provide a collective and effective process by which people across the electorate can give voice – where their interests, concerns and ideas are heard, respected and taken up by Government.

Website www.voiceforindi.com

 

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Australian Women in AgricultureAustralian Women in Agriculture : Fouding Member

Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA) is Australia’s peak organisation for women across all areas of agriculture. Members are part of a recognised and dedicated national network involved in the development of Australian primary production, rural industries and communities.

Website www.awia.org.au

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Australian Women in AgricultureThe Invisible Farmer Project

A partnership between Museum Victoria and the University of Melbourne, the project was born out of a very real and pressing need to research, document and preserve the history of rural women in Victoria, and in particular the history of the Rural Women’s Movement of the 1980s-1990s.

Website www.invisiblefarmer.net.au

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Australian Women in AgricultureGoulburn Murray Water : Director

GMW is Australia’s largest rural water corporation managing around 70 per cent of Victoria’s stored water resources, around 50 per cent of Victoria’s underground water supplies and Australia’s largest irrigation delivery network.

Website www.g-mwater.com.au

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For further information on any of these projects contact Alana