Robyn’s hon­our

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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


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