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News Source: Sunshine Coast Sunday (17th September 2007)

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AUSTRALIA Zoo director Terri Irwin is one of two Sunshine Coast women named as finalists in the 2007 Telstra Queensland Business Women's Awards.

Our other contender is Tory Richards, a director of Reed Funds Management Ltd, part of the Reed Property Group.

In all, 20 finalists will contest the awards, with the winners named in October.

Terri helped her late husband Steve oversee the growth of the zoo from a provincial roadside reptile house tourist attraction with 30 employees and less than 200,000 visitors a year in 1997, to one of Australia's premier international tourism destinations welcoming more than one million tourists per annum, hosted by 550 staff. She also played a key role in establishing Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, which supports conservation projects globally and which she continues to support as patron and advisor.

Ms Richards was previously an independent consultant before joining Reed.

She approached the company with her business idea of sharing Reed's commercial property investment opportunities with stakeholders, establishing Reed Funds Management and Reed Property Trust in 2003.

The trusts now manage more than $100 million in client funds.

Ms Richards leads a team of 10, is a member of Reed's board, and is vice-president of the Sunshine Coast Business Council.

The awards were introduced in 1995 to celebrate the dedication and commitment of women in business across Queensland and around the country.

The winners will be announced at an award presentation on Tuesday, October 2.

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