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Carissa Awarded Inaugural Bursary

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Carissa Beddows, centre, was presented with the inaugural QRRRWN Barambah Branch bursary by QRRRWN State President Melissa Barnett and Red Earth Board member Karen Seiler

December 14, 2017

The inaugural winner of a bursary sponsored  by the Barambah branch of the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) was announced in Murgon on Wednesday night.

The $1000 bursary, which will be administered by the Red Earth Community Foundation, is open to women aged over 30 who live in the South Burnett and who are seeking help to gain new skills via training or personal development.

QRRRWN State President Melissa Barnett and Red Earth Board member Karen Seiler presented the cheque to Carissa Beddows, from Windera, who will use it to complete her nursing training.

The cheque presentation was one of the highlights of Red Earth’s annual general meeting held at the Royal Hotel.

Also announced were the successful applicants for the 2018 South Burnett Community Leadership Program.

This residential program, run across two weekends at the Bunya Mountains, aims to develop leadership skills and allows the participants to develop insight and learn practical ways to navigate everyday situations at work or at home.

It is facilitated by Pamela McAllister, who previously presented the very popular Building Rural Leaders Program in Queensland.

Graduates of the Leadership Program become Red Earth alumni and are invited to attend various social occasions and post-course training sessions to build personal and professional networks in the Burnett.

This will be the fifth time the Leadership Program has been run. For the first time this year, applicants were invited from the North Burnett as well as the South Burnett.

Previous graduates of the program – including Kirstie Schumacher, Kathy Cope, Carl Rackemann and Kristy Frahm – shared their experiences of the program at the AGM.

The 2018 participants will be:

South Burnett – Tracy Anderson, Nino Atanasov, Keith Black, Kristy Board, Kay Enkelmann, Steven Fiedler, Annette Langford, Jessica Kerr, Jodie Lawless, Jodie Love, Mark Magisana, Lee Porter, Lynnelle Richardson, Aaron Schmidt, Cardell Turner and Chloe Winston

North Burnett – Sarah Aberdein, Marion Denholm, Melinda Jones, Jacqueline Laidler, Naomi Purcell, Bobby-Leigh Redgard and Lynette Vicary


Four successful South Burnett Community Leadership Program applicants ...from left, Tracy Anderson, Hivesville; Kay Cameron, Byee; Lee Porter, Murgon; and Marion Denholm, Mundubbera

Three more successful South Burnett Community Leadership Program applicants ... Jacqueline Laidler, Monogorilby; Jodie Love, Kingaroy; and Jessica Kerr, Kingaroy

Red Earth Community Foundation president Georgie Somerset with 2016 leadership program graduates Kylie van Schyndel (Torkit Solutions) and BIEDO CEO Kristy Frahm

Cr Ros Heit, Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff and Red Earth Community Foundation Board Member Karen Seiler

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