Why becoming an entrepreneur in rural Australia will set you up for life

Last year, I was a lucky enough to be selected as a finalist for New South Wales in the Rural Women’s Award, a longstanding initiative created by AgriFutures Australia to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of women to rural communities.    

The award culminates in a gala awards night in Sydney, the room filled with people who support our work. While it was well attended and a great way to showcase regional women, there was one thing that didn’t seem quite right and really got me thinking.

Was the choice to host the event in Sydney the right one? This event is to celebrate women in rural communities, so why would be not host the gala night in a regional town? 

Sydney’s sprawling CBD has little in common with most of Australia’s regional towns, which are often desperately trying to hold onto young professionals they invariably lose to cities just like it.   

In many ways, hosting a rural awards dinner in a major city like Sydney is emblematic of Australia’s rural and urban divide. While advances in technology are steadily eroding the digital divide (don’t get me wrong, this still exists), in many ways we are still a divided nation. Read more

Hayley Purbrick - SmartCompany - 5 September 2018


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