Georgie Somerset receives AM in Australia Day awards

Georgie Somerset receives AM in Australia Day awards

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AgForce president Georgie Somerset has been named a Member of the Order of Australia in this year's Australia Day honours.

AgForce president Georgie Somerset has been named a Member of the Order of Australia in this year's Australia Day honours.

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AgForce president and rural advocate Georgie Somerset has been named a Member of the Order of Australia in this year's Australia Day honours.

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AgForce president and rural advocate Georgie Somerset has been named a Member of the Order of Australia in this year's Australia Day honours.

Ms Somerset, a South Burnett cattle producer, has been recognised in the award for her service to primary industries, women and the community and said it was humbling to receive the award.

"I think it's great to have some recognition of the work done for rural Australia," she said.

Known for her role as AgForce's first female general president, Ms Somerset has been a vocal advocate the agricultural industry.

"I think it's been a natural progression for AgForce, there's always been strong female involvement and it's great to have been part of that," she said.

"Since I stepped in as president, the drought has deepened, there was the monsoon event in Far North Queensland, issues surround the reef regulations bill and recently the issues surrounding the Lake Eyre Basin consultation.

"It's a privilege helping to steer an organisation that is going to be there do the work in these difficult areas."

She has also been a board member of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation since 2017, a director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Queensland since 2016, a director of Children's Health Queensland since 2013 and a committee member of Wide Bay Burnett Regional Development Australia since 2015 and an associate member of the National Council of Women since 1995.

She is chairwoman of the Red Earth Community Foundation in the South Burnett and a founding member of the South Burnett Community Leadership Program.

In the past she has held roles as a director of QRAA, committee member of the Rural Skilling and Labour Industry Advisory Group, member of the National Rural Advisory Council, president of the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network and vice-president of the National Foundation for Australian Women.

"This recognition is a reflection of the teams I've worked with, the people I've worked with over the years... it's never down to one person," she said.

Ms Somerset said she also owed a lot to her family.

"There's three generations of them that support me to do what I do," she said.

The story Georgie Somerset receives AM in Australia Day awards first appeared on Queensland Country Life.

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