Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority land health manager Rhiannon Apted’s passion for sustainable agriculture made her a fitting recipient of the 2014 Ken Sampson Memorial Fairley Leadership Scholarship, Goulburn Broken CMA Chair Murray Chapman said at the presentation last week.April 1, 2014 4:03am
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority Board chair Murray Chapman, scholarship recipient Rhiannon Apted, Fairley Leadership Program executive director Amanda McClaren and Goulburn broken CMA chief executive officer Chris Norman.
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority land health manager Rhiannon Apted’s passion for sustainable agriculture made her a fitting recipient of the 2014 Ken Sampson Memorial Fairley Leadership Scholarship, Goulburn Broken CMA Chair Murray Chapman said at the presentation last week.
The scholarship was established in 2010 to honour former Goulburn Broken CMA staff member Ken Sampson’s contributions to natural resource management, community participation and leadership during a career spanning more than 30 years.
Mr Sampson died in October 2009.
The Goulburn Broken CMA has also been a long-time supporter of the Fairley Leadership Program and the scholarship supports an individual who demonstrates passion, initiative and a strong track record in the area of environmental protection and sustainable agriculture to participate in the program.
Mr Chapman said Ms Apted’s enthusiasm, knowledge and community engagement skills were the key drivers behind the success of the Goulburn Broken CMA’s SoilCare project.
‘‘This project was based on increasing knowledge and capacity of landholders, community and other stakeholders about soil health in the dryland parts of the catchment,’’ Mr Chapman said.
‘‘Rhiannon and her project team — Greg Bekker and Mark Cotter — recognised the best way to do this was to bring together small groups of landholders, agency staff and industry representatives for property visits, workshops and other hands-on activities that would provide them with practical, informed advice to improve soil health and productivity.
‘‘This approach has been very successful, with many of the farmers involved in these activities going on to form their own groups to carry out trials and farm visits.
‘‘The success of the project was also instrumental in the Goulburn Broken CMA securing additional funding from the Australian Government last year to roll it out across the rest of the catchment.”
Mr Chapman said Ms Apted was also very involved in the Yea community.
‘‘Rhiannon is secretary of the Yea Football Netball Club and is also part of the Yea Community Garden which grows fresh food to provide to the Food Share initiative.
‘‘It is terrific to see a young person already showing such great leadership, not only in her work but within her community.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
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.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
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.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.