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Robyn thrilled to win SA Rural Women's Award

WINNER: Robyn Verrall accepts the SA Rural Women's from minister for primary industries and regional development, Clare Scriven. Photo: Supplied
WINNER: Robyn Verrall accepts the SA Rural Women's from minister for primary industries and regional development, Clare Scriven. Photo: Supplied

Robyn Verrall who was a finalist for the South Australian Rural Women's Award took home the honour during an intimate ceremony in Adelaide.

She was nominated, and then won the award for her work with Kere to Country, an Aboriginal owned and run business that provides affordable meat products to those in remote parts of Australia.

Mrs Verrall, from McCallum in the state's South East, works as Director, Founder and Business Advisor for the company which supports South Australian and Northern Territory Communities.

When she was first nominated, Mrs Verrall explained that 500 grams of mince can cost up to $70 in rural, regional and First Nations communities, but Kere was able to offer better quality meat at a cheaper price.

"If you sit in a room with ten women, two of those women have not eaten for 24 hours, that's the statistic. If you're in with ten men, only one. The inequity of what is happening with food, somebody has to come up with a solution, because the problem is enormous," she said.

The Tatiara local said during the award ceremony on Tuesday, April 5 she and the other two finalists, Lukina Lukin and Stephanie Lunn were presented with certificates beautiful flowers by PIRSA before the winner was announced.

She was shocked and excited when the minister for primary industries and regional development, Clare Scriven announced her as the recipient.

"Clare Scriven, announced the winner and it was me," she said.

"It was just a really thrilling moment to be with such amazing women, in a room full of amazing people."

WINNER: Robyn Verrall on her family farm in McCallum. Photo: Supplied

WINNER: Robyn Verrall on her family farm in McCallum. Photo: Supplied

During the ceremony, Mrs Verrall was asked if she believed the awards were relevant and her answer was one that empowered women in the regions.

"I think they actually are because as rural women, there is such a breath of talent across the whole sector, from aquaculture to agribusiness to agriculture, that needs to be celebrated, and we need to find more women that want to step up and be considered as innovators and change agents and all of those things that as women we don't see ourselves doing," she answered .

Mrs Scriven commended her on the work she had done to reduce food insecurity in regional, remote and indigenous communities.

"I'm pleased to announce Robyn as the 2022 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award winner for South Australia. I commend Robyn's achievements in bringing high quality, affordable meat to First Nations communities and in doing so, helping to end food inequality and insecurity in rural and regional Australia," she said.

"I also say well done to finalists Lukina Lukin and Stephanie Lunn, and thank them for their ongoing contributions to their local communities and to primary industries in South Australia. I'm sure you will continue to make positive impacts in your chosen fields."

Mrs Verrall said the afternoon's ceremony was a family affair, her husband Chris Bullen and her parents were able to come along.

"I was so lucky, because I was able to have my husband, who is my biggest supporter and my parents there at the same time," she said.

WINNER: Robyn Verrall on her family farm in McCallum. Photo: Supplied

WINNER: Robyn Verrall on her family farm in McCallum. Photo: Supplied

Mrs Verrall was also awarded $15,000 which will go towards Kere to Country in their effort to end the food security crisis for aboriginal communities.

"It means we'll now be able to marry up our coolroom with our utes and get that out into community to deliver meat an other products," she said.

"We're also looking at doing some things that will put a bit of financial sustainability into the business with it, so that going forward we have that little bit of money should anything go wrong we're not scrambling and scratching to realise the money that is needed to keep the business to keep going forward."

As the state winner, Mrs Verrall is an automatic finalist in the national awards, which will be held at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday September 6.

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