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RASF empowers Hunter tertiary students to reach dreams

22 Jun 2016

Wednesday, 22 June, 2016 The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation is proud to announce that 4 students from the Hunter region were among 58 recipients awarded Rural Scholarships in 2016, an initiative designed to ensure an increased flow of skilled people to rural and regional NSW communities. The students are: Alex Beckett (Maitland), Hayley Fairfull (Merriwa), Hannah Haines (Singleton) and Phoebe Prowse (Singleton). Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and desire to live, work and contribute to country NSW, and offer $5,000 for full-time study and $2,500 for part-time study. RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Kate Ross, said this is the most diverse group of students the RAS Foundation has supported since the inception of the program in 2011, and is thrilled the Foundation will again provide a stepping stone for bright futures. "This year the RAS Foundation will proudly support an incredibly diverse group of talented individuals, all with unique and inspiring backgrounds. We have mature aged students, a single father, a Vietnamese refugee as well as a young Indigenous woman, who is the first of 52 grandchildren to attend University; and that's just a few of the 58," Ms Ross said. "The RAS Foundation is committed to helping rural Australians realise their potential through education. Each year, we are impressed with the quality of applicants and inspired by their journeys." "We again look forward to supporting these rural-minded students as they work towards achieving their goals," Ms Ross said. Applications for the RASF's 2017 Rural Scholarship open on 1 July 2016 and can be accessed online at rasnsw.com.au/foundation . The RAS Foundation has awarded over $1.4m to rural scholarship recipients since 2011.   For further information, including high resolution images, please contact: Danielle Sammut - Marketing Coordinator P: (02) 9704 1239 | E: dsammut@rasnsw.com.au   About the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation: The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted grants and scholarships. Visit www.rasf.org.au for more information on the RAS Foundation. Read more

RASF empowers Central West tertiary students to reach dreams

22 Jun 2016

Wednesday, 22 June, 2016 The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation is proud to announce that 7 students from the Central West were among 58 recipients awarded Rural Scholarships in 2016, an initiative designed to ensure an increased flow of skilled people to rural and regional NSW communities. The students are: Heather Earney (Bedgerabong), Stephanie Gorham (Frogmore), Angela Hamilton (Mudgee), Brenton Hawken (Parkes), Emily Price (Cowra), Lachlan Smith (Mendooran) and Annika Brown (Neville). Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and desire to live, work and contribute to country NSW, and offer $5,000 for full-time study and $2,500 for part-time study. RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Kate Ross, said this is the most diverse group of students the RAS Foundation has supported since the inception of the program in 2011, and is thrilled the Foundation will again provide a stepping stone for bright futures. "This year the RAS Foundation will proudly support an incredibly diverse group of talented individuals, all with unique and inspiring backgrounds. We have mature aged students, a single father, a Vietnamese refugee as well as a young Indigenous woman, who is the first of 52 grandchildren to attend University; and that's just a few  of the 58," Ms Ross said. "The RAS Foundation is committed to helping rural Australians realise their potential through education. Each year, we are impressed with the quality of applicants and inspired by their journeys." "We again look forward to supporting these rural-minded students as they work towards achieving their goals," Ms Ross said. Applications for the RASF's 2017 Rural Scholarship open on 1 July 2016 and can be accessed online at www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation . The RAS Foundation has awarded over $1.4m to rural scholarship recipients since 2011.   For further information, including high resolution images, please contact: Danielle Sammut - Marketing Coordinator P: (02) 9704 1239 | E: dsammut@rasnsw.com.au   About the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation: The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted grants and scholarships. Visit www.rasf.org.au for more information on the RAS Foundation. Read more

Hunter Valley's Alex Beckett Awarded 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship

21 Jun 2016

Wednesday, 21 June, 2016 Born and bred Hunter Valley wine enthusiast, Alex Beckett, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship. Mr Beckett, a fourth year Viticulture and Oenology student at the University of Adelaide, will receive $5,000 towards his tertiary studies, as well as the opportunity to steward at the 2016 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show, from 18 to 21 July. Sydney Royal Wine Show Committee Chair, Lyndey Milan OAM, said the scholarship provides invaluable experience and support to young winemakers. "It's wonderful to be able to offer the opportunity of stewarding at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show. Mr Beckett showed his enthusiasm by joining us last year too, but this year will provide him with greater insight into the judging of wines from across Australia, and the chance to network and learn from industry experts, including our dynamic international judge, Michelle Bouffard," Ms Milan said. Despite not being brought up in a wine-making family, Mr Beckett grew up around wineries and had the opportunity to immerse himself in the industry. His first job was at a cellar door, and he has since grown into a knowledgeable and passionate young man with long term career aspirations in the industry.  "I was very lucky to have grown up in the Hunter, which has created opportunities from my first cellar door job through to this amazing Scholarship opportunity," Mr Beckett said. "This year, I'm proud to be named as this year's 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship winner and so thankful for the opportunity. I've been to several wine show's around the country and I believe Sydney's is the best, so I'm thrilled to be involved and am looking forward to gaining greater industry knowledge before I graduate university this year. "One of my favourite varieties is my home regions Hunter Valley Semillon, due to its unique flavour and quality, and I'm very much looking forward to helping build the quality of not only the Hunter's products, but Australia's in my career ahead," said Mr Beckett. RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Kate Ross said that the partnership between the Foundation and the Sydney Royal Wine Committee helps foster the industry at the grassroots level. "This scholarship was created to assist in the development of Australia's next generation of wine industry leaders. Mr Beckett is a very worthy recipient and we look forward to seeing him continue to develop his passion and skills as he completes his studies," Ms Ross said. The Graham Thorp Memorial Scholarship is a joint initiative of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation and KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show. It was created in honour of the past Chairman Graham Thorp, who presided over the Wine Committee from 1984-1990, and aims to foster the development of Australia‚Äôs next generation of wine industry leaders. The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted community grants and scholarships. Visit  www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation  for more information on the RAS Foundation.   For media enquiries, including high resolution images, please contact: James Riordan - Public Relations Manager M: 0419 483 407 | P: (02) 9704 1453 | E: jriordan@rasnsw.com.au Read more

ENTRIES CLOSING SOON: 2016 Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show

16 Jun 2016

As the final call is made for entries in the 2016 Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show, this year's competition is set to attract producers from across the nation to compete in one of Australia's most innovative agricultural shows. Read more

Poultry Games land in Sydney Olympic Park

6 Jun 2016

Friday, 3 June 2016 As the world flies to Rio, Australians will flock to Sydney this June long weekend to compete in the "Olympics of Poultry" at the 2016 National Poultry Show, held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Hatched in Canberra in 2000, the event is held every four years and will leave its birth place for the first time, where it will be hosted by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) from June 10-12. Attracting over 5,500 entries Australia-wide, competitors and the general public will have access to chick hatching displays, children's education sessions, sale of poultry feed, housing and other merchandise in addition to the judging of award-winning birds. Murray Wilton, RAS General Manager of Agriculture, said it's not only a celebration of the best poultry around Australia, but an opportunity for families and kids to learn on a fun day out. "We're excited to be bringing Australia's largest gathering of poultry to Sydney for the first time, while welcoming industry stakeholders, farm hobbyists and families for three days of entertaining and engaging activity," he said. "It's the perfect chance to pick up tips about keeping a feathered friend or educate the children in a fun and interactive way, while industry expects such as Dr Harry Cooper judge Australia's best. "The RAS is committed to forging a strong future for agriculture and this competition will help showcase the value of sustainable Australian agriculture and award-winning poultry to the wider community," said Mr Wilton. Event details: Opening hours will be 9am - 5pm (10 & 11 June), 9am - 4pm (Sunday 12 June). For more information, please visit www.sydneyshowground.com.au/events/national-poultry-show/ Entry Price: $10 per adult or $5 per child   For media enquiries, including high resolution images, please contact: James Riordan - Public Relations Manager M: 0419 483 407 | P: (02) 9704 1222 | E: jriordan@rasnsw.com.au Read more

Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship

20 May 2016

The Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Committee, in partnership with the RAS Foundation, is providing a tertiary scholarship, the Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship. Read more

Heat rises for summer's finest foods

20 May 2016

The search for the best in Australian fine food concluded last week after ten days of judging record amounts of coffee, bakery and aquaculture delicacies at the 2016 Sydney Royal Summer Fine Food Show at Sydney Showground. Read more

Record 352 showbags on offer in 2016

20 May 2016

Thursday, 4 February 2016 From the delicious to the delightful, sour to strange, showbags create a world of wonder for children and adults alike. That wonder was on show today when 30 delighted children from Westmead Children's Hospital and Royal Far West road tested a record number of showbags for the Sydney Royal Easter Show (the Show).  Shane McGrath, Easter Show Operations, said Showgoers are set to be spoilt with a huge range of choice as well as amazing value. "Whether you're young or just a big kid at heart, the 2016 line-up of Showbags has every member of the family covered," Mr McGrath said. "From Bertie Beetle to beauty we have 352 options that will delight and excite." "To help Showgoers make the most of their visit to the Showbag pavilion, we have put together our 'Top 3' tips to make your trip to the Showbag Pavilion the experience of a lifetime," he said. Top tips for Showbag lovers: Jump online and plan - each of the showbags on offer are listed here, plus you can compile your own showbag wish list to print out. Know your budget - with 135 showbags for $10 and under, there is a showbag to suit every family budget. You can still buy a showbag for just $1! Save the best until last - visit the Showbag Pavilion at the end of the day, so you don't have to carry your loot around. Or if you can't wait, hire a locker, there are some available just outside the Showbag Pavilion. Showgoers are encouraged to visit  eastershow.com.au  and make the most of all the great discounts on offer at this year's Show. Family Showlink tickets are just $99.50 when you purchase online before midnight 16 March. "While you're online, there are also some great savings to be made on carnival rides and food," Mr McGrath said. Showgoers are reminded that ShowLink tickets are not available for purchase on train stations or Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses. But rest assured, same-day return public transport is still included in every ShowLink ticket.  Top 10 Showbags for 2016 (in no particular order): Star Wars EP 7 Backpack Bag Shopkins # 1 Bertie Beetle Blue Arnott's Biscuits ModelCo Cosmetics Sukin Pamper Pack Frozen Anna Bag Paw Patrol # 1 Wonka (Nestle $10 range) Tiny Teddy Top 5 Showbags, $10.00 and under (in no particular order): Red Rock Deli Poppet Bag Caramello Koala Disney Planes Redskins (Nestle $5 range) For further information, including high resolution images, please contact: Daisy Litchfield - Cox Inall Communications M: 0427 303 298 | P: (02) 9704 1084 | E:  daisyl@coxinall.com.au James Riordan - Public Relations Manager M: 0419 483 407 | P: (02) 9704 1222 | E:  jriordan@rasnsw.com.au Read more
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