AS A region that accounts for more than one fifth of Australia’s dairy production, dairy is a big part of life in Gippsland.
That’s why Dairy Australia is calling on people across Gippsland to nominate their town as the next Legendairy Capital by sharing their stories and highlighting the way their town embodies the Legendairy spirit.
Launched in 2015, Dairy Australia’s Legendairy Capital program celebrates regional communities around the country by highlighting how dairy farmers contribute to their town, their industry and the Australian economy.
Dairy Australia program manager, Suzi O’Dell, said the program recognises the strength and resilience of hard-working communities and the vital role dairy farmers play in building the social fabric of their towns.
“Dairy farmers – and people working across the dairy supply chain – are at the heart of hundreds of Australian regional communities,” Ms O’Dell said.
“In 2015, Meeniyan was named the Legendairy Capital of the Gippsland dairy region.
“Now we’re back on the road looking for the next regional Capital of Gippsland which could also become the overall Legendairy Capital of Australia for 2017.”
Locals from each of Australia’s eight dairy regions in Gippsland, south west Victoria, the Murray region, Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and the Subtropical region are encouraged to nominate their town for the prestigious title by sharing stories about what makes their town Legendairy.
One finalist from each of the eight regions will receive $2500 to invest in a community project and one of those towns will then go on to secure the coveted title of Australia’s Legendairy Capital 2017, receiving an additional grant of $7500 to put towards their community project.
The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), a not-for-profit organisation working towards enabling communities to build their social capital and economic resilience, is supporting Dairy Australia on this program.
Natalie Egleton, chief executive of FRRR said everyday farmers juggle the demands of their operations with the needs of the local community.
“The Legendairy Capital program celebrates this commitment by pulling together as one, and finding ways to build robust communities that will endure and prosper.
“FRRR is pleased to be able to support Dairy Australia in this important initiative,” Ms Egleton said.
Nominations are open until 5pm on April 10, 2017. For more information on Australia’s Legendairy Capital program, including details on how to nominate, visit http://www.legendairy.com.au/capital