ON THE LAND John Han­ra­han Schol­ar­ship es­tab­lished

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River­ine Plains Inc hosted an Agribusi­ness Din­ner at Corowa on Fri­day, March 2 that was at­tended by 165 peo­ple.

The din­ner was held in cel­e­bra­tion of the fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses in­volved in agri­cul­ture across the re­gion, as well as be­ing the of­fi­cial launch of the John Han­ra­han Schol­ar­ship.

River­ine Plains Inc Trea­surer and Schol­ar­ship Fund Trus­tee, Barry Mem­brey, said the schol­ar­ship was named in hon­our of John Han­ra­han, a suc­cess­ful and ex­pe­ri­enced farmer and re­spected com­mu­nity mem­ber from Coreen, who passed away un­ex­pect­edly in 2014.

“John was a great friend and sup­porter of River­ine Plains Inc and he had a real en­thu­si­asm for the types of on­go­ing re­search that River­ine Plains Inc is in­volved with,” Barry Mem­brey said.

“Through a gen­er­ous do­na­tion made by the Han­ra­han fam­ily, River­ine Plains Inc has been able to es­tab­lish a schol­ar­ship in John’s name to hon­our his pas­sion for farm­ing, his thirst for knowl­edge and his sense of com­mu­nity.”

The schol­ar­ship, awarded an­nu­ally, will recog­nise and en­cour­age agri­cul­tural ex­cel­lence in the River­ine Plains re­gion through the sup­port of a lo­cal sec­ond year stu­dent in their agri­cul­ture/agribusi­ness bach­e­lor or diploma de­gree stud­ies.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the John Han­ra­han Schol­ar­ship will open on July 1 and close on Au­gust 31, with de­tails avail­able in the com­ing months from www.river­ine­plains.org.au.

“We are aim­ing to raise ad­di­tional funds so the schol­ar­ship can con­tinue in per­pe­tu­ity, and in­vite mem­bers, spon­sors and friends of River­ine Plains Inc, and the wider com­mu­nity, to con­sider mak­ing a do­na­tion to the schol­ar­ship Fund so that this vi­sion can be re­alised.”

The evening also fea­tured Ms Alexan­dra Gart­mann, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and CEO of Ru­ral Bank, who spoke about her own lead­er­ship jour­ney, as well as Ru­ral Bank’s Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram, which has been sup­port­ing stu­dents since 1992.

Ms Gart­mann de­scribed how schol­ar­ships can open doors for an ex­cit­ing and di­verse agri­cul­tural ca­reer and com­mended River­ine Plains Inc and the Han­ra­han fam­ily on the es­tab­lish­ment of the John Han­ra­han Schol­ar­ship.

The evening also in­cluded an im­pres­sive food and wine dis­play, which show­cased the di­verse and won­der­ful range of agri­cul­tural pro­duce orig­i­nat­ing from North East Vic­to­ria and South­ern NSW. Pro­duce fea­tured in the dis­play was do­nated by a num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses, be­fore be­ing sold in ham­pers and rais­ing more than $3500 for the schol­ar­ship fund.

River­ine Plains Inc Trea­surer and Schol­ar­ship Fund Trus­tee, Barry Mem­brey, launches the John Han­ra­han Schol­ar­ship at the re­cent River­ine Plains Inc Agribusi­ness Din­ner.

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