A common denominator among this year’s NSW Rural Achievers was a passion for sharing the value of Australian agriculture with young urban consumers.
For almost 30 years the RAS has run the program recognising future leaders aged 20-29 who are striving to make an impact in their local community and rural Australia.
The 2017 award recipients were Emily Clapham, Ilford; Rebecca Cope, Narrabri; Thomas Dewhurst, Cowra; Jarrod Grabham, Kelso; Elisabeth Munn, Leeton; Ashley Norval, Bywong; Amy Walker, Hovell’s Creek and Cameron Ward, Gunnedah.
Over the next 12 months, all participants will be provided with skills and opportunities including networking with rural leaders to become trailblazers in agriculture or their communities.
Of the eight awardees, Emily Clapham was nominated to represent NSW at the National Rural Ambassador Award.
Clapham is working as a medical registrar in the Hunter New England local health district and endeavours to improve specialist care in rural and regional areas.
“I would love to see the link between healthcare and agriculture raised with politicians and key stakeholders in both sectors to facilitate the increased infrastructure, jobs and services required to improve and support the agricultural industry and rural communities,” Clapham says.