Finley High School agriculture teacher Robyn O’Leary has been inducted into the Royal Agriculture Society of Victoria Hall of Fame.
Mrs O’Leary was inducted for her contribution to youth development in agriculture at the Royal Melbourne Show.
The presentation was made to the enthusiastic teacher last week, while at the famed show.
‘‘The Hall of Fame had never been on the program before. I thought it was a new initiative and was interested to see what it was; getting inducted was a big surprise,’’ Mrs O’Leary said.
‘‘It’s such an honour; it was pretty exciting and overwhelming.’’
Mrs O’Leary has taught agriculture studies at Finley High School since 1987, and says agriculture is an ‘‘important economic backbone of the Southern Riverina’’.
‘‘Agriculture is very important, in fact it’s vital as the world’s population increases and we have to feed a hungry world,’’ she said. Dear Editor, It was with great excitement that we arrived home a couple of days ago after four months away to find that we have a by-election for the seat of Murray.
Why the elation? After many years of country people being given endless false promises by the retiring member along with many of his fellow party members — under threat of/and actual dismissal for not toeing the leadership line which has been
‘‘It provides a lot of employment and contributes significantly to Australia’s economy.
‘‘There are so many opportunities out there for students in formulated by being the tail of the city Liberal dog which bows to the inner city elite to buy seats from the extreme greens (not very successfully) — we the people of Murray now have the opportunity to show disapproval agriculture, with some very exciting career pathways.’’
For Finley High School students and teachers, it’s a six month preparation for the Melbourne Show. of the National Party which sadly since firstly changing its name in the late 1970s and then finally taking Country out of its name in the early ‘80s has slowly been withdrawing from what were its roots.
I see the only real contender to be Helen Dalton, an eminently qualified candidate who walked away from the Nats in disgust and a real country woman with local interests at heart.
Helen has joined the Shooters,
Mrs O’Leary said the Royal Melbourne Show offers ‘‘so much’’ to the students.
‘‘It develops their self confidence, their self esteem, their ability to talk to other people, their sense of responsibility, the need to present yourself in a positive manner plus much more.
‘‘All of these are skills which are highly transferable in the real world no matter your occupation.
‘‘We visit properties selecting stock for the beef carcase competition, where we normally enter around 16 animals.
‘‘Some students like to be involved with the stud cattle and attend the Melbourne Show in the second week of the event.
‘‘We make a big commitment to this program, selecting stock and then feeding the animals every afternoon on weekends and during school holidays.’’ Fishers and Farmers Party, which has been on the side of country people, especially locally in every battle from National Park opposition to fair and balanced irrigation outcomes.
This is a good combination, especially if they can hold the balance of power in both houses.
Yours etc. Robert ‘Bob’ Lee