Thomas wins Rural Youth Bursary award

PORT Lincoln’s Alex Thomas won the $5000 Rural Youth Bursary award on Monday night for her work as a workplace health and safety consultant in the local fishing industry.

The Rural Youth Bursary is a grant for young people aged between 18 and 30 years of age working in rural areas.

Its purpose is to provide the opportunity to pursue further study, undertake a study tour or develop a special project in their chosen career.

Miss Thomas moved to Port Lincoln in July 2013 and said Port Lincoln opened up opportunities for her in her field.

“There’s a big niche in the area for providing workplace health and safety consultation in primary industries,” she said.

“I am committed to my next goal of facilitating a fishing industry driven, collaborative approach towards improving work health and safety performance.”

Miss Thomas said she had an agriculture background as a child and her move to Port Lincoln aimed to give back what was given to her.

She will put the money towards a two to three-week study tour of Norway in August next year to gain an understanding of the practices there.

She said the Norwegian fishing industry was renowned for having the best practices in the world and was looking forward to the opportunity.

Miss Thomas said Karen Baines of the agriculture advisory board suggested she apply for the award, which took her by surprise when she won.

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