The woman who inspired a nation to support the bush has taken out the NSW Regional Woman of the Year Award, one of the top accolades at the NSW Women of the Year Awards held in Sydney today.
Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders congratulated #buyfromthebush founder Grace Brennan, whose initiative resulted in a $5 million revenue uplift for participating regional businesses, when he joined her and fellow Dubbo region finalists Joh Leaer, Lucy Samuels and Lucy Taylor at the event at Darling Harbour.
“Buyfromthebush helped to save struggling businesses across the state during a really tough time,” said Mr Saunders.
“Grace is a true role model and a credit to our community. This accolade is richly deserved.”
Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor congratulated Grace and said she had shown admirable strength and resilience to help others who were doing it tough.
“Grace’s story is quite incredible, she started #buyfromthebush from her kitchen table while pregnant with her fourth child and led the charge in effecting positive change for regional and rural NSW.”
“This award celebrates and elevates the voices of just some of the rural, regional and remote women who are helping us build a safer, stronger regional NSW.”
Ms Brennan united city and country in supporting rural business through drought by promoting their wares to more than 250,000 Instagram followers.
“It’s important to support women in NSW – particularly in rural communities – because in doing so, you are fostering small business, innovation and job creation,” Ms Brennan said.
“Women working in creative industries, hospitality, tourism and professional services offer great potential for crisis proofing rural communities.”
Grace united city and country through #BuyFromTheBush to support rural businesses battling drought. The initiative improved quality of life for 90 per cent of participating rural business owners. The movement gained more than a quarter of a million followers on Instagram and breathed life into countless struggling businesses. Almost all were run by women with many now able to now able to scale their business, hire staff and learn new skills. #BuyFromTheBush launched from Ms Brennan’s kitchen table in Gin Gin and connected women who take on multiple roles as mothers, employees, volunteers and entrepreneurs. Ms Brennan gave the 2020 NSW Australia Day Address and received a standing ovation.