MEDIA RELEASE: 15 May 2023
Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North congratulate Ali Paulett as the 2023 SA AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award winner last week. Ali received her nomination for her work with her Bush DeVine Australian Native sensory bush food garden, located at her family’s winery Paulett Wines.
The garden at Pauletts was planted with the intention of creating a unique garden and sensory walking path, in addition to supplying their restaurant, Bush DeVine, with native ingredients. Since its launch, it has become a tangible, sensory experience that visitors can immerse themselves in to smell, taste and touch the produce while learning about native foods. Ali was selected as South Australia’s Award recipient for 2023, due to her collaboration with First Nations people and videographers, to produce interactive collateral that can take the garden into the classroom, dining room, or events anywhere in the world.
Chair Bill Vandepeer says, “Our organisation is thrilled for Ali winning the 2023 SA Rural Women’s Award. As a regional community, we need strong and passionate individuals like Ali to lead the way and inspire others in the agricultural sector. Her dedication and hard work have not gone unnoticed, and I am confident that her achievements will encourage other women to follow in her footsteps.”
Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North congratulates all the finalists for the award, including Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North Board member Lyndsey Jackson, Bridget Johns of Alford, Emily Riggs of Burra, and Kerri Cliff of Kimba.
“To have four out of five nominees residing in the Yorke and Mid North region is significant, with our communities benefitting from the calibre and commitment of these women and the leadership they show in our communities,” said Mr Vandepeer.
The recognition of Ali Paulett’s work on the Bush DeVine garden project, highlights women’s important role in the agricultural industry. It is vital to support and celebrate the achievements of women in rural communities, and the 2023 SA Rural Women’s Award’s finalists are shining examples of women’s talent and dedication in agriculture. Ali now goes on to represent South Australia at the National Awards held at Parliament House in Canberra in September.
Caption: 2023 SA AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Finalists. L-R: Kerri Cliff, Bridget Johns, Ali Paulett (winner), Emily Riggs, Lyndsey Jackson