Celebrating resilience on our National Agriculture Day

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    13 November 2018
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On the 21st November, Goulburn will celebrate the second National Agriculture Day. The national initiative celebrates the pivotal contribution that farmers make to Australia. To mark this special occasion, Regional Development Australia Southern Inland (RDA Southern Inland), along with a number of sponsors, have organised an Ag Day BBQ at the Grace Milsom Centre from 5.30pm.

This year, the event will acknowledge the resilience of our local farmers, particularly during these challenging dry times. Mayor Bob Kirk will open the event and four guest speakers will provide stories of resilience which our farmers are so well known for. Two young farmers, Charlie Reardon and Samantha Wan, will reflects on their journeys to get to where they are now and where they see agriculture heading in the future. Tara Smith from Narambulla Partnership will provide some details of how they have managed and planned for the drought, whilst Bill Johnson, a well-known local vet, will tell some stories about his experiences over the past few decades.

Roo Arcus will provide the entertainment for the night and Dewsbury’s Pork have kindly donated their delicious free-range pork sausages for the BBQ. Goulburn Rotary will run the BBQ and sell sausages plus some other goodies starting from $3.

Kingsdale Wines, Yarralaw Spring Wines, Bent Shed Produce and Dewsburys Pork, just to name a few, will have stalls showcasing their local produce from the Southern Tablelands. The stalls will provide guests with the opportunity to taste and purchase some local produce and speak to local producers from the area. And to top off a jam-packed event, there will also be lucky door prizes; a one-year annual membership with Tablelands Farming Systems valued at $550, a Lithium Jumpstarter donated by Goulburn Produce and a $100 Bunnings voucher.

The first Goulburn Ag Day BBQ was held at the same time last year, with over 100 guests coming from Goulburn, Yass, Crookwell and the Southern Highlands. This event promises to be bigger and better than the last.

Project Officer of RDA Southern Inland, Camilla Staff, emphasised that the event would be a positive and uplifting celebration of local agriculture.

“We want this event to focus on the resilience of our farmers and the uplifting stories that have come out of the drought. Of course, we are experiencing really tough times at the moment but there are some really positive stories of how farmers have planned and managed their property throughout the drought,” said Ms Staff.

“We are inviting everyone to come along. This is not just an event for farmers, it’s an event for the entire community to come together and celebrate Australian agriculture.”  

RDA Southern Inland would like to thank the sponsors for this event; Goulburn Post, Divalls, NSW Farmers, Local Land Services South East, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Elders, Tablelands Farming Systems and Rotary Australia. 

To register, click here or call Camilla on 02 4822 6397.

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