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Blackall high achiever Kellara Harney receives David Littleproud MP Bursary

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud has congratulated Kellara Harney, Blackall, on being awarded the 2021 David Littleproud $1000 academic bursary made available through the National Council of Women of Queensland (NCWQ).

“Congratulations to Kellara on being awarded the bursary – without a doubt she is a very worthy recipient,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Kellara, who is studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at the Central Queensland University, is passionate about holistic health care and understands first-hand the challenges people in rural and regional communities face in accessing health care.

“Kellara completed her secondary schooling in Blackall and graduated with Dux, before relocating to Bundaberg to study Occupational Therapy.

“With an impressive list of accolades to her name, Kellara has been involved in a number of worthwhile initiatives and community groups over her schooling years.

“In 2020 Kellara became a member of Blackall’s Community Advisory Network (CAN) and represented Blackall in the Health Consumers Queensland’s Youth Reference group.

“Advocating for better health outcomes for the bush, Kellara spoke at the Queensland Clinical Senate about the struggle for adolescents accessing heath care in rural and remote communities.

“Besides her studies, Kellara is also passionate about volunteering and deeply involved in her new community of Bundaberg through the local ZONTA branch and the church community.

“As the first in her immediate family to go to university, Kellara knows full well that courage and determination are key factors to overcoming any hurdle and that’s why I’m glad to see this bursary awarded to such an outstanding young woman.”

The Hon David Littleproud MP Bursary is offered through the National Council of Women of Queensland (NCWQ) to encourage rural women to pursue further study.

“I understand that moving out of your local community to pursue further study can be daunting and costly, that’s why I am proud to support this great initiative by the NCWQ,” Mr Littleproud said.

“I hope to see many young people return to the bush and apply their skills in a range of different industries to grow our region. That’s why I’m committed to supporting our youth and giving them every opportunity possible.”

To be eligible for the bursary applicants must be a female first year, full time student in a tertiary course. They must also be a constituent of the Maranoa electorate, although they may have relocated for their studies, and an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia.

For more information on the NCWQ Bursary program visit:


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