Saturday, June 2, 2012

Fran Rowe has been named NSW Woman of the Year

THEY come from all walks of life and from all over the state, but these three women have one thing in common - their love of helping people in their own communities.

For Fran Rowe, Yvonne Keane and Edith Weisburg, making a contribution to their community is something they are deeply passionate about.

Ms Rowe, of Tottenham, in central NSW, was awarded Woman of the Year for supporting and empowering Australia's agricultural sector during tough times and environmental disasters.

In 1984 she established a voluntary rural financial counselling service for farming families facing financial, which contributed to the model for the current national Rural Financial Counselling Service.

"It was obviously thought that women didn't contribute to farming, but at least this award drew attention to this anomaly and today we have awards that recognise the outstanding contribution that women too make to agriculture,' she said. 

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