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RAS Rural Achiever Award entries open as we search for our future country leaders

Posted on : 24 August 2018

The call has gone out today for young rural achievers in NSW to step forward as the need for their enthusiasm and leadership is as great as in living memory.

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Rural Achiever Program recognises and celebrates the contribution young people make to agriculture and their rural communities.

At a time when many farming communities are looking for a morale boost as the drought conditions continue, our youth provide a sense of hope, enthusiasm and a ‘how to’ attitude.

The RAS of NSW Rural Achiever Award is a statewide leadership program recognising young people aged between 20 and 29 who are demonstrating a significant contribution to rural NSW.

Eight chosen finalists will receive;

  • A share in $17,000 prizemoney.
  • Complimentary 1 year RAS Membership.
  • An 8 day all expenses paid, behind the scenes experience at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show.
  • An official Rural Achiever uniform & RAS embroidered Akubra.
  • Invitations to official RAS events, including the Government House Reception, providing unique and extensive variety of networking opportunities with agricultural industry leaders and delegates.
  • Opportunity for one finalist chosen to represent NSW at the National Rural Ambassador Competition.

The RAS of NSW is keen to hear from all rural NSW communities, including on-farm positions, agricultural industries, rural businesses and community support workers.

All these are vital parts of the fabric of rural communities in NSW.

Entries are now open and close on Wednesday, October 3 2018.

To be considered as a Rural Achiever you must be able to attend all eight days of the program at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2019.

For more information or to apply, visit

The 2018 Rural Achievers are;

Timothy Green – Nimmitabel, NSW grew up working on his family farm with his father. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree he went on to work with the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute as a Technical Officer with the Cereal Pathology Team

Jock Brownhill – Spring Ridge, NSW - currently employed as an Agribusiness Analyst at National Australia Bank in Dubbo after completing an agricultural degree at the University of New England.

Hanna Darmody – Bungendore, NSW grew up in her family’s butchery and pastoral businesses and with certificationsin Agriculture and Marketing hopes to increase productivity within her business and better tell the story of paddock to plate to her consumers.

Tess Bailey – Forbes, NSW works as a mixed practice Veterinarian. Tess believes that education and development of young people at the forefront of innovation and advocacy is crucial for the future of the Australian agricultural industry.

Erika Heffer – Deniliquin, NSW is currently employed at the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia, as Landcare Coordinator and Community Support Officer. Erika strives to teach others about the numerous positive aspects of agriculture, encouraging better farming, community and environmental outcomes.

Joseph Murphy – Bribbaree, NSW is completing his six year degree in Medicine. Joseph’s passion lies with rural medicine and wants to work in rural areas of Australia where practitioners like him are greatly needed.

Meg Rice – Parkes, NSW is studying a double degree at the University of New England - Bachelor  in Agriculture/Bachelor of Laws. Meg hopes to use both her agricultural and legal to instigate an increased understanding and appreciation of regional and rural communities. 

Thomas Taylor – Grenfell, NSW is undertaking a degree in Commerce/Liberal Studies, majoring in International Business and Chinese. Thomas sees great potential in the Chinese market and aims to help Australian farmers by creating new trade links and revenue streams for them.

For further information, please contact:

Nicola Dalby

Communications Coordinator

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW

P: (02) 9704 1041 E:  


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