Award for Kulin innovator

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2017 Rural Woman of the Year Tanya Dupagne
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WA’s 2017 Rural Woman of the Year Tanya Dupagne will help regional women develop essential life skills such as leadership, trust and self confidence by building on the Camp Kulin program.

Perth-raised Ms Dupagne moved to Kulin, 280km south-east of Perth, four years ago to start Camp Kulin, which aims to improve the lives of WA children by teaching them life skills through development and leadership camps.

Camp Kulin also provides scholarships for those affected by childhood trauma or facing emotional challenges. Camp Kulin works with more than 1500 children each year and has gained national and international recognition.

Ms Dupagne now wants to build on outcomes of the Camp Kulin program to help support women from regional WA.

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Her dream got a big boost last night when she was named Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Woman of the Year by WA Governor Kerry Sanderson.

She received a $10,000 bursary to develop her project.

The new program involves an intense three-day camp where women would be able to experience the Camp Kulin activities.

The program would equip women to take on leadership roles, bringing positive change to their communities, Ms Dupagne said.

Agriculture and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said Ms Dupagne joined a prestigious group of rural women making a major contribution to regional WA.

She cited past Rural Woman Award winners Kalyn Fletcher, who is using research and innovation to develop new crops in the North West, and Catherine Marriott, who is leading the northern cattle industry on animal welfare and industry practices.

Ms Dupagne is in the running for the national Rural Woman Award, to be announced in Canberra on September 13.

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