BOISDALE dairy farmer, former Wellington Shire Council community development officer in the wake of the Black Saturday bushfires and Gippsland Women’s Network founding president Mary Salce has been made an officer of the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours.
A leading figure in women’s involvement in agriculture and business, Ms Salce has contributed significantly to water supply and quality management as a member of the Southern Rural Water Licensing Business Forum and the Southern Rural Water Avon River Stream Management Plan Project Group.
She has also contributed on the international level as the keynote speaker at the World Congress for Rural Women in Durban, South Africa in 2007, and helped organise conferences around the world.
She was an organising committee member of the third International Congress for Rural Women, in Madrid, Spain, 2002, facilitator and opening speaker, at the second International Conference on Women in Agriculture, Washington DC, USA, in 1998 and a presenter and workshop facilitator, at the Women in Agriculture and their Participation in Development of Agriculture Technologies Conference, Beijing, China, 1995.
The Officer of the Order of Australia is the second highest honour given out now knighthoods and damehoods are no longer handed out.
Ms Salce’s citations states her award is for distinguished service to women, particularly in rural communities, through leadership and advocacy roles, and to water conservation and management.
Read a feature on Ms Salce’s extensive contributions to agriculture, particularly promotion of women’s involvement and leadership in Friday’s Gippsland Times.
Kenneth Baxter from Stratford was also awarded the Fire Services Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.