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Statewide search begins for young rural leaders

Applications are now open for The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Rural Achiever Award, offering young rural leaders in New South Wales the opportunity of a lifetime.

Nearing its 27th year, the RAS Rural Achiever program recognises and celebrates the positive contribution young people make to agriculture and rural communities.

Wesley Rohr, a 2016 Rural Achiever, speaks enthusiastically of the dynamic development opportunities the program has provided him.

Wesley has just 12 months left of a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga, and is a keen member of his rural community at Kandos NSW.

“My involvement in the Rural Achiever program has been the greatest experience of my life to date,” he said.

“It has provided me with some incredible networking opportunities in the agricultural industry, including invaluable veterinary contacts at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

“I’ve been able to broaden my knowledge and career prospects, as well as develop some great relationships with other likeminded individuals.

“If you have a passion for rural Australia and you’re looking to get involved with the RAS and the agricultural movement as a whole, I would strongly recommend you consider applying for the program.”

Wesley’s fellow Rural Achievers for 2016 were:

  • Tamara Biffin, Cawdor: PhD candidate at the University of Sydney Jordan Hoban, Cowra:  Meat Science Technical Officer for NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Hannah Kempton, Mudgee: Junior Doctor based in Wagga Wagga
  • Emily Ryan, Coonamble: Bachelor of Education (Primary) student studying at University of New England, Armidale
  • Aimee Snowden, Tocumwal: Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management student at Charles Sturt University
  • Sally Taylor, Trundle: Masters of Environmental Management and Development student at Australian Nations University and University of New England
  • Edward Thomas, Cooma: Technical Services Wool Representative for Jemalong Wool, Cooma

Since the program began in 1990, the RAS Rural Achievers program has recognised the rural contributions of over 219 young achievers.

The Rural Achiever finalists will participate in a 12-month program that provides a range of networking and professional development opportunities, including; 7-day behind-the-scenes experience at the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show, official functions with RAS Councilors and the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW representatives, cocktail reception at Government House, and tour of NSW Parliament House, in addition to representing the RAS at Royal Shows and events around the country.

All finalists receive $2,000 in prize money, a 12-month RAS Alumni Membership and be outfitted in the latest country clothing from Akubra and Thomas Cook Clothing Co.

To apply for the 2017 RAS Rural Achiever Award, complete the online application before 30 September via the website www.rasnsw.com.au/ruralachiever

For any queries please contact the Coordinator, Sarah Sanderson on 02 9704 1160 or ruralachiever@rasnsw.com.au

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