Conargo Shire farmer Richard Sleigh received the inaugural Bill Herminston Memorial Landcare Award on Australia Day.CASS SAVELLIS February 1, 2013 4:21am
Australia Day 2013 - ConargoBill Hermiston Memorial Landcare Award - Elwyn Hermiston, award recipeint Richard Sleigh and Andrew Hermiston.
Local farmer Richard Sleigh’s commitment to natural resource management earned him the Conargo Shire Bill Hermiston Memorial Landcare Award on Australia Day.
The award, which was previously known as the Environmental Award, was this year re-named in honour of Mr Hermiston, who died last year.
Mr Hermiston, who was also a long-time Conargo Shire councillor, was a leader for environmental change within the shire.
Conargo councillor Don Henderson presented the award to Mr Sleigh on Saturday on behalf of the Hermiston family.
Mr Hermiston’s wife Elwyn and son Andrew were in the audience at the Pretty Pine Recreation Reserve to witness the presentation of the inaugural memorial award on Saturday.
In announcing the winner, Cr Henderson recognised Mr Sleigh’s efforts as not just beneficial to his own farming, but also to the community.
‘‘This award is very well deserved as Richard was an early adaptor in recognising that a balance between production and environment was necessary for the long term sustainability of both his farming business and the environment,’’ he said.
‘‘For 15 years he has given freely of his time as chair of the Yanco Creek & Tributaries Advisory Council (YACTAC), where he pushed the development of the Yanco & Creek Tributaries Natural Resource Management Plan.
‘‘This development led to $500,000 in government funding.
‘‘Through his efforts as the chair of YACTAC, Water for Rivers agreed to fund an Environmental Flow Study that is soon due out in draft.
‘‘Richard has consistently championed the benefits of having environment and production in harmony for the benefit of both.’’
The award was re-named in recognition of the contributions that Mr Hermiston made to sustainable farming and good farming practice.
Kyabram becomes immortals after capturing the Goulburn Valley Football League against Rochester to cap off an undefeated season.
Dawn Tabor 10 January 1944 – 10 September 2016
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
MOSQUITOES look set to start biting earlier than usual thanks to our wetter than normal winter.
OUR Lady of the Sacred Heart Elmore was a sea of colour earlier this month for Footy Colours Day.
THERE were picnics galore at St Augustine’s College recently as the school celebrated St Augustine’s Day with a whole college mass and a community picnic on the school oval.
Seymour A and B-grade in season decider
Extensive rainfall in the Southern Riverina is having a negative impact on farming.
When Pyalong Primary School does something, it does it well. Here are the students all dressed up for the school's recent Roald Dahl day to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the author’s birth on September 13, 1916.
Former Moira Shire mayor Marie Martin will be running in the upcoming council election.
Nick Caruso will compete in tumbling at the National Clubs Championships in Bendigo tomorrow.
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.