A Renmark student will be given the opportunity to network with political and corporate leaders in Canberra today as part of the Country to Canberra initiative.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, said 15 students from across Australia had been selected from a pool of over 200 applicants to join this year’s Country to Canberra’s flagship program, ‘Power Trip.’

“Now in its fourth year, Country to Canberra is a not-for-profit organisation which empowers year 10 to 12 students from rural areas to overcome a range of roadblocks to reach their full leadership potential,” Minister Ruston said.

Country to Canberra is committed to addressing this imbalance, to ensure young women have access to mentors, who can provide guidance beyond the length of the program.”

Minister Ruston and Member for Barker Tony Pasin congratulated Vanessa Vu of Renmark for being selected to attend the 2017 event.

“This will be a fantastic occasion for Vanessa to network with influential leaders and mentors who will provide support to achieve her career goals, whilst also representing the electorate of Barker in the nation’s capital,” Mr Pasin said.

“Today’s events will be an opportunity for this year’s round of successful applicants to network with senior public service staff, and learn about the variety of employment opportunities available in both the public and private sectors.”

Among other activities Vanessa will attend a Powerful Women’s Breakfast, a parliamentary luncheon and a dinner hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in addition to viewing question time and meeting with Foreign Minister the Hon. Julie Bishop MP.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is a proud sponsor of Country to Canberra. For more information please visit www.countrytocanberra.com.au.


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