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.’’
Neighbourhood Watch Week will start with a sizzle — a sausage sizzle to be precise — at Sevens Creek Dve in Kialla.
Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) and other emergency services are preparing for the next round of wild weather in the north-east.
It was clear blue skies last Tuesday for the official launch of the Gargarro (pronounced Ga-gar-ro) Botanic Gardens in Girgarre.
SNAKES will be coming out of hiding as the weather warms up.
KATH Bubb has been recognised for 50 years of service with the Ballendella Red Cross.
IT EXPERTISE in Kyabram has received recognition after Advance Computing won a Microsoft Australia Partner Award in the excellence in regional area customer category.
Seymour A and B-grade in season decider
Extensive rainfall in the Southern Riverina is having a negative impact on farming.
McIvor Creek – in and around Heathcote – has gone over its banks with all our recent rain, flooding streets and causing closures and detours.
Yarroweyah's Katie Anderson will be heading to Wisconsin in the United States after winning the Dairy Youth Travel Scholarship.
After a 30-year career as an accountant in Deniliquin, Peter Skipworth officially retires today.
Tuesday, August 16
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
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.