Communities across Australia’s eight dairy regions now have extra time to nominate their towns to become Australia’s Legendairy Capital of 2017, with the nomination closing date extended.
The program, run by Dairy Australia, calls on people to nominate their town as the next Legendairy Capital by sharing stories of how dairy contributes to their community.
Dairy Australia program manager Suzi O’Dell encouraged communities to use this extra time to come together and get their nominations in.
‘‘We’ve decided to extend the nomination period to give communities a little more time to apply and show how their town pulls together to overcome challenges, embrace opportunities and maintain strong, vibrant dairy communities,’’ Ms O’Dell said.
‘‘You don’t have to be a dairy farmer to apply. Nominations can be received from council members, residents on behalf of community organisations, community leaders, schools and clubs.’’
Communities throughout Australia’s eight dairy regions — Gippsland, south-west Victoria, the Murray region, Tasmania, NSW, South Australia, Western Australia and the sub-tropical region — are invited to nominate a community initiative.
One finalist from each of the eight regions will be named the Legendairy Capital of their region and receive a grant of $2500 to invest in the nominated community project.
Those eight Legendairy Capitals will then go into the running to be awarded the overall Australia’s Legendairy Capital for 2017 and receive an additional grant of $7500.
‘‘All the 2015 Legendairy Capitals made great contributions to their communities with their grants and this is exactly what we want to see again in 2017 — projects that benefit the entire community,’’ Ms O’Dell said.
Nominations will remain open until 5pm on Friday, April 28.
■For more information on Australia’s Legendairy Capital program visit: www.legendairy.com.au/capital
■To nominate or to download a nomination form, visit: www.legendairy.com.au/nominate