Young agriculture achievers up for award
Unique in name and nature they may be, but this year’s WA Young Achiever Award nominees stand united in one passion — agriculture.
The awards acknowledge the positive achievements of all young people in WA, with the WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award an opportunity for several of the industry’s brightest youth to win recognition for their work in agriculture.
Those singled out this year include two women from the northern reaches of the State, Daisy Goodwin and Mariah Maughan, both of Broome, while south of the 26th parallel are Tiffany Davey, of Konnongorring, and Melissa Charlick and Declan McGill, both of Gidgegannup horticultural initiative Roly Poly Farm.
Ms Davey, a vocal advocate for agricultural education, said being nominated was a humbling experience.
“It’s an incredible line-up, so to be up there with them is quite overwhelming,” she said. “All of us have a clear message and want to achieve the same things in the ag industry, and that’s a reflection of the next generation of leaders coming through. We all want the same thing.”
With a family farming background steeped in broadacre and livestock, Ms Davey loves regional WA and the State’s agricultural community.
She said current projects on her radar included developing the future of the Perth Royal as a member of the NextGen WA committee and promoting agriculture through her employer, the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days.
Her work should see the rise of interactive farm-focussed initiatives for consumers, whether they be from Perth of farther afield.
Dynamic and down-to-earth, the duo behind Roly Poly Farm, Ms Charlick and Mr McGill, were nominated for their work to “re-localise” the local food economy via their small-scale market garden.
They sell direct to consumers via markets and seasonal vegetable boxes and adhere to methods that promote soil ecology, health and biodiversity on their leased 12ha block in the rolling hills of Gidgegannup.
Meanwhile, from their base in Broome, both Ms Goodwin and Ms Maughan regularly venture out to work their magic in their roles with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
Ms Goodwin specialises in Aboriginal agricultural businesses, while Ms Maughan works alongside Pilbara and Kimberley pastoralists via the Northern Beef Futures project.
The Agriculture Award winner will be announced at a gala presentation dinner on May 25.
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