HayInc open for 2021

HayInc open for 2021

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New funding extends HayInc rural education program

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Hands on sheep experience with HayInc volunteer instructors. Photo: HayInc

Hands on sheep experience with HayInc volunteer instructors. Photo: HayInc

The Hay Inc Rural Education Program is a flexible and innovative program that adapts and has continued to thrive, giving young people unique hands on skills training for a career in the sheep and wool industry.

At the well supported Hay Incorporated Annual General Meeting recently held Chris Bowman retired as Chairperson of the organisation after six years in the role.

Mr Bowman was thanked for his dedication, expertise, and passion that he has committed to Hay Inc since it

began.

He will stay on the committee and continue as a volunteer trainer and mentor.

Richard Cannon has taken on the Chairperson role with Sandy Symons continuing as Vice-chairperson, Sandra Ireson, Secretary/Treasurer and Janine Bryant Assistant Secretary.

The volunteer committee submitted a comprehensive application to the NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Funding Round 3 Youth Education Program and are pleased to announce they are successful in receiving funding.

Mrs Ireson said this funding will help with the continued succession and success of Hay Inc for the next 3 years.

"Promotion of the program including professional video, photographer, web site upgrade, marketing material, attendance at expos will be one of the funded items," she said.

"Giving great opportunities to encourage more young people into a career in the agricultural industry and to take part in Hay Inc Rural Education Program.

"This funding will complement the support being received from key partner Australian Wool Innovation which has been gratefully received since the program commenced seven years ago."

Richard Cannon Hay Inc chairperson the committee are very grateful to all our supporters and to receive the Stronger Country Communities grant.

"It gives us the opportunity to support and encourage youth into our training programs which also offer mentoring and networking," he said.

"The Stronger Country Communities Funding will allow for a sustainable future for the highly successful Hay Inc Rural Education Program."

Mr Cannon said the Hay Inc Rural Education Program brings youth together to give them hands on skills and to share and learn from older generations, in a safe inclusive and practical environment.

The 2020 Hay Inc Rural Education Program participants will be returning for their final training block in November due to the postponement in June.

The COVID-19 safe training program will include fence construction and maintenance, cattle handling, prime lamb assessment, merino sheep classing.

Mr Cannon said participants will also graduate and received their certificates and the Mathew Vick Memorial Scholarship will also be presented.

Applications are now open for the 2021 program and any young person 18 to 25 years, who is interested in learning and progressing their career in agriculture is encouraged to apply.

- Contact Sandra Ireson, Hay Inc Rural Education Program Manager on 0439 938119 or email:info@hayinc.com.au

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