The Murray Valley dairying community of Cohuna has been named the region’s Legendairy capital and is now in the running for the national title.
The town has won a $2500 grant to be put towards creating a dairy-inspired mural by local artists and a student award to encourage young people to consider a career in the dairy industry.
Gannawarra Shire Mayor Brian Gibson is thrilled Cohuna has made the final list.
‘‘The dairy industry has gone through some challenging times recently and it is a testament to the resilience of the Cohuna community to push through and ensure that their town is recognised for the vibrant, hardworking and proud dairy farmers that live here,’’ Mr Gibson said.
‘‘Gannawarra congratulates the town and the community members on this achievement and for their passion and commitment.’’
The Legendairy winner will be announced in September and will receive a further $7500 to go towards its local initiative.
The online virtual Facebook community Show Some #dairylove co-founded by Cohuna dairy farmer Di Bowles was awarded a high commendation by the judging panel for its efforts in supporting dairy farmers and regional communities across Australia.
‘‘It’s great to be recognised,’’ Mrs Bowles said.
‘‘We have over 13000 people who are sharing in the #dairylove and we think this initiative has given the dairy community something positive and also helped educate the community outside the industry, along the way.’’
Dairy Australia’s managing director Ian Halliday said in challenging times it was even more important to recognise Australia’s hard-working vibrant dairy communities.
‘‘We are incredibly proud of all our nominated communities and would like to thank all entrants for sharing their personal stories of what makes towns like Cohuna Legendairy.’’
An independent panel of representatives from Australia’s state dairy farmer organisations was appointed to assess each nomination and grade finalists against a set of program criteria.
■For more information on Australia’s Legendairy Capital program visit: www.legendairy.com.au/capital