Benalla's Peter Tallis was thrilled to receive an Order of Australia Medal for his service to agriculture and education.RIAHN SMITH June 11, 2014 3:17am
Agriculture and education have been long-time passions for Peter Tallis, and after a lifetime of service he’s been recognised for his efforts.
The Benalla man, 81, was awarded a Queen’s Birthday Order of Australia Medal on Monday, and was touched by the honour.
‘‘(It) was just absolutely amazing, it’s just incredible,’’ Mr Tallis said.
‘‘I’m terribly honoured, it’s meant a great deal to me.’’
Mr Tallis and his wife Mary retired to Benalla almost a decade ago after a life on the land at Dookie.
The sheep, cattle and crop farmer spent half a century working with Dookie College and was chairman of Dookie 2000, a committee designed to diversify the learning institution and re-imagine its future in research and development.
‘‘I used to have students come to my property on a regular basis. At least once a month I’d take them around and show them practical things about farming and agriculture,’’ Mr Tallis said.
‘‘I lived next door and I thought I could offer something.
‘‘I just became more and more involved and more and more in love with the place.’’
In addition to his education responsibilities, Mr Tallis was also keenly involved in local environmental groups including Landcare, the Grasslands Society, the Dookie Land Management Group and Sustainable Grazing Systems.
‘‘If you’re a member of one of those groups you become terribly involved, it becomes the most important part of a farmer’s life,’’ he said.
‘‘We wanted to be leaders in the race to have better soils and to improve the outcomes for the farming community.’’
Even now, into his ninth decade, Mr Tallis is still contributing to his community — he continues to be involved with the Benalla Art Gallery and has engaged with Benalla’s Tomorrow:Today Foundation.
‘‘It’s to give back,’’ Mr Tallis said.
‘‘We’ve had a good life, and we want to give back.’’
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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