KAREN Corr says she is honoured to be named a finalist in an award recognising regional women.
Ms Corr is one of four people shortlisted for the Victorian 2014 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award.
The Bendigo resident is passionate about sustainability and is involved in several local groups.
“It’s a great opportunity to go down to Melbourne and get training and meet other finalists,” Ms Corr said.
“It’s nice to be recognised for the community work I’ve been doing over the last few years too.”
Ms Corr was a co-founder of the Bendigo Sustainability Group and has been its president for three years.
“That built up a lot of community projects in the area of sustainability,” she said.
“I’m also currently chairwoman of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance which addresses collaborative climate change and energy-related projects.
“That’s about empowering people in the community to create the change they want to see in their community.”
Ms Corr described her various roles as “fulfilling” and said she enjoyed new challenges, like running for the City of Greater Bendigo at the last council elections.
“I think I’m just most proud of getting in there and having a go,” she said.
“When I put my hand up to be chair of the sustainability group, even putting my hand up to run for council, I was really proud.
“I had a go without exactly knowing everything I had to do but learning along the way.”
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said the finalists were high achievers dedicated to their local communities and the Victorian food and fibre sector.
“This year’s finalists were selected for their outstanding work and achievements in the food and fibre sector, and for their dedication to making a difference in their chosen industry,” he said.
The Victorian winner will be chosen March 13 and national winner in October.